Peter Arvai (in Hungarian: Árvai Péter, born in Karlskoga, October 26, 1979) is a Swedish businessman of Hungarian parentage.
He is CEO and co-founder of Prezi, a cloud-based presentation software company. As an entrepreneur, he founded omvard.se in Sweden, and co-founded Prezi along with other two co-founders Adam Somlai-Fischer, a designer and Peter "HP" Halacsy, a computer scientist and university professor; and officially launched it in 2009. Peter Arvai was one of the developers of Patented Web feed message browsing along with Joacim Boivie and Joakim Hilj.
Early life & Education
He is originally from Karlskoga, Sweden, and he mentions that his parents were Hungarian. He lived and worked in Budapest, Tokyo, Stockholm, Singapore and San Francisco. Peter Arvai attended Stockholm University in 2001 and graduated with a Masters in Business Administration in 2006. During his time at Stockholm University, Arvai participated in the 12 month Vulcanus in Japan programme, established by the EU and the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry. During this time he studied Japanese and completed a training program at Fuji Xerox in Japan. As part of his business program, Arvai studied economics in Singapore for an exchange semester. Arvai was one of the first batch of students to attend the newly introduced Master in Media Technology and Engineering program (1999-2005) at the Royal Institute of Technology. After graduating Arvai co-founded the program's alumni group.
Arvai launched omvard.se, a company that helps patients compare treatment outcomes between hospitals. Omvard.se won best website of Sweden 2009. He was also vice president for product portfolio at the Swedish mobile communications company Mobispine, where he worked with Joacim Boivie and Joakim Hilj to develop first mobile newsreader to follow TED Talks from mobile devices.
Prezi TED Investment
In 2009, Arvai approached TED Conference given the companies’ common vision of promoting the open exchange of ideas and he had pitched the investment idea to in the conference. TED Conference, Accel Partners and Sunstone Capital were Prezi's investors that participated in Series A and Series B funding rounds.
Arvai speaks English, Swedish, Hungarian and Japanese fluently, is a Bikram Yoga enthusiast and has expressed interest in writing a Swedish-language cookbook on everyday Japanese cuisine. He is openly gay.
Notable Keynote Speaking Engagements
- Plugg- March 10, Brussels
- TEDxBGSU -" Why We Need to Make Healthcare Comparable " - March 2011, Ohio
- SxSW - ""What happens in Budapest stays in Budapest?" - March 2011, Texas
- UC Berkeley "Mind the Bridge" -February 2012, California
- NEXT Berlin - April 2012, Berlin
- Web Summit- October 2012, Dublin
- DLD Conference- "Creativity & Entrepreneurship" - January 2013, Munich
- Stanford E-Week- "Hot Software Startups Out of Central and Nordic Europe" -March 2013, California
- The Economist Information Forum- "The Ideas Economy" Ideas Economy Series- June 2013, California
News & Articles
- New York Times- "Start-Ups Defy Economic Climate" -May, 2012
- TechCrunch- "How Jaiku Made Prezi Focus On The US Market"- November, 2012
- FoxBusiness -"5 Tips on How to Hit Your Next Business Pitch out of the Park" -September, 2012
- TechCrunch- "Dispelling the Eureka Myth" -August, 2012
- NextUp.Asia- "Chatting about Revolutionary Entrepreneurship Journey with Founder of Prezi – ‘Giving Powerpoint a Run for Its Money!" -December, 2012
- AmexOpen Forum & LinkedIn Influencer- "The Dream Dinner Challenge" -March, 2013
- LinkedIn Influencer posts ""
- Mashable interview "" -March, 2013
- AMEX OpenForum "" -April, 2013
- Huffington Post ""- April, 2013
- Small Biz Technology "" -April, 2013
- U.S. News & World Report "" -May, 2013
- All Things Digital "" -June, 2013
- Wall Street Journal "" -July, 2013
- Wall Street Journal "" -August, 2013
- EuroNews "" -July 2014
- TheNextWeb "" -June, 2014
- Forbes "" -June, 2014
Peter Arvai is author of "Developing the Business Case for a New Mobile Service: An Exercise in Business Model Designing" -VDM Verlag June 25, 2008