The U.K. website launches internationally after a successful beta launch last November. The site is hosting an online conference in May to discuss its goals
SuperSummit, an online network of live video interviews with experts, on April 30 launched internationally after a successful beta period in Italy.
Sort of like what TedTalks does with lectures, SuperSummit hosts interviews with experts on various topics dealing with business, education, personal interest and other genres where viewers can participate in live Q&As and interact with other viewers. The lectures are also archived, so users can watch prerecorded events.
“Our vision for SuperSummit from the start was creating a place where anyone could instantly update their skills for free by learning from a league of world-class experts,” Marco Montemagno, SuperSummit founder and CEO, said in an April 30 statement. “We believe that education is a human right and shouldn’t be the preserve of a privileged few. In our bid to help democratize education, we also felt it vital to open up the platform and enable experts with a passion for sharing knowledge to get involved and organize their own high-quality educational events. We very much look forward to enhancing the business and personal lives of our users and facilitating the passions of talented teachers.”
The international launch will be celebrated at a free five-day online presentation on SuperSummit from May 12 to May 16. The event will include interviews with experts that will discuss what users can expect from SuperSummit in the future. Presenters at the conference will include Peter Arvai, the CEO and co-founder of presentation platform Prezi; Amit Ranjan, co-founder of presentation sharing platform SlideShare and Jeremy Donovan, the group vice president of marketing at Gartner Inc. and the author of “How to Deliver a TED Talk;” among others.
Easy access to education
The company was founded by digital entrepreneur Marco Montemagno, who formerly hosted talk show Sky News, and interviewed numerous figures such as Al Gore, Steve Ballmer and Jeff Bezos. He also co-founded Blogosfere, which at the time was one of Europe’s largest blog networks and was acquired by Populis; and he organized many events for Social Media Week Italy. Interestingly enough, he is also ranked third in Italy in table tennis.
SuperSummit launched in beta in Italy in November and has proved profitable. The U.K. company chose Italy as its beta launch location because Montemagno was on TV there for 15 years and had built a large following. With the exit of its last startup Blogosfere, the country was awaiting his next project.
So far it has about 50,000 viewers watching interviews in both English and Italian with people such as Tony Robbins, Seth Godin, Gary Vaynerchuk, Brad Feld and Guy Kawasaky, among others. It already has more than 300 hours of interviews archived on its side for viewers to watch. Along with the international launch, the website is looking to increase the number of languages for interviews on its site.
Events on SuperSummit range from 60 minute interviews to month-long conferences. Moreover, the network also enables businesses and advertisers to host their own events and promote their content without dealing with the technical side of hosting an online conference.
The U.K. company has branded itself as an educational tool, noting that university education is expensive and many people are turning to online materials to get an education. While SuperSummit does not provide degrees like some online education tools, it can provide a plethora of knowledge on diverse topics.