I’ll Just Leave This Here: Mary Meeker’s 2017 Internet Trends Powerpoint

I get it; no one likes Powerpoint. It’s a terrible format for communicating anything truly important, an awful source for disseminating real knowledge.


Every year, Mary Meeker, a former Wall Street securities analyst now working as a Silicon Valley venture capitalist with Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers, releases this highly-anticipated Powerpoint deck: her annual analysis of internet trends.  This year’s version weighs in at a staggering 355 pages. I won’t pretend that I’ve read through it all, but I plan to. And you should too; download a pdf of it here. Continue reading

PowerPoint: A Micro Critique

PowerPoint diminishes regional accents, personal idiosyncracies and charming quirks.  Decks don’t charm, people do.  But much like the way  TV newscasters adopt the same mannered vocal cadence in a misguided attempt to project professionalism,picture-2 PowerPoint slides possess a mannered visual tone that’s equally recognizable and equally unremarkable.  And unremarkability in advertising is a bad, bad thing.  Lets go back to tablets and markers–after all, some of us can draw and not everybody can.  That’s remarkable…

By Dennis Ryan, CCO, Element 79