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A few months ago, VMware said it was going to sell off SlideRocket — well now it’s found a home, right in San Francisco, with ClearSlide.

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SlideRocket, the tool that lets marketing pros build slick multi-media presentations that kill PowerPoint ennui, now has a new home with ClearSlide. VMware bought SlideRocket just under 2 years ago but signaled in December that it would offload it, along with other non-core technologies.

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ClearSlide CEO Al Lieb said that SlideRocket’s content creation technology — which targets marketing departments that need to churn out eye-grabbing presentations — fits nicely with ClearSlide’s more sales-oriented technologies that sell into enterprises.

SlideRocket lets you start with either a blank template or a PowerPoint presentation and then add web animation, video and other perks, Lieb said in an interview. He said that most of the SlideRocket team will join ClearSlide — both are based in San Francisco.

ClearSlide co-founders Al Lieb (right) and Jim Benton.

ClearSlide co-founders Al Lieb (right) and Jim Benton.

SlideRocket claims 1 million individual users while ClearSlide, which sees itself as a more modern and mobile-device-friendly rival to Cisco’s Webex conferencing service,  sells at the corporate level and claims thousands of users. ClearSlide netted $28 million in Series B funding last August.

When VMware bought SlideRocket, it positioned the product as a complement to Zimbra, the email and collaboration software VMware purchased from Yahoo in early 2010. So this deal begs the question: What’s next for Zimbra?

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  1. Zimbra? Back to Yahoo? :)

  2. Sliderocket was an up and coming winner until the acquisition by clearslide took place. Now the buggy solution is more frustrating then it is worth. Go ahead try and contact customer service there is no phone number and the email support is a joke. You may be able to get a cs rep but they will close the thread before a real solution has been found. They might as well hang the phone up on you. It is really sad to see these once passionate companies get hung out to dry.

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