An article published by both Reuters and the New York Times is the perfect example of the use of PowerPoint in a variety of environments. It reveals how Mary Meeker, a partner at the venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, designed a presentation called “USA Inc.” in which she examines U.S. finances as if the country were a business. Baron’s magazine had given Ms Meeker the title of Queen of the Net in 1998 for a 1995 report that she wrote for Morgan Stanley, which predicted the power and shape of the Internet.
Ms Meeker’s 463 slides strong collection of slides also known as ‘USA Inc‘ has been viewed more than 40,000 times and has become immensely popular because it is incredibly simple to understand. The presentation has also been a great success amongst the American Business and Finance Circles. Finance presentations are tricky enough to understand, with all the number crunching the essence of the presentation often gets lost. A finance or numbers based presentation must always showcase the highlights of the vast amounts of numerical data, and USA Inc does just that. Another key reason for the success of the presentation is that the finances do not seem mysterious. The message of the presentation is clear and thus easy to understand. The entire presentation can be found here.