Peter Arvai

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Peter Arvai, 2010

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,[1][2] a cloud-based presentation software company. As an entrepreneur, he founded in Sweden,[3] 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.[4] Peter Arvai was one of the developers of Patented Web feed message browsing along with Joacim Boivie and Joakim Hilj.[5]

Education and early career[edit]

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 master's degree in business administration in 2006.[6] During his time at Stockholm University, Arvai participated in the 12 month Vulcanus in Japan programme,[7] 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.[8] 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.[8] After graduating Arvai co-founded the program's alumni group.[9]

Arvai launched, a company that helps patients compare treatment outcomes between hospitals.[10] won best website of Sweden 2009.[11] 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[5] to follow TED Talks from mobile devices.

Prezi TED Investment[edit]

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.[12][13] TED Conference, Accel Partners and Sunstone Capital were Prezi's investors that participated in Series A and Series B funding rounds.[14]

Personal life[edit]

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.[8] He was the first openly gay CEO in Hungary.[15] He made his coming out in 2015 in a Forbes piece to have a gay role model for young people considering to be entrepreneurs. [1]


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[6]


  1. ^ 6 Questions With Prezi Co-Founder Peter Arvai, 2013/03/13 Mashable
  2. ^ Now with over 20M users, presentation startup Prezi adds long-awaited audio features, 2013/03/12 Venturebeat
  3. ^ Founded in Sweden, Details on Prezi
  4. ^ Prezi Team profile
  5. ^ a b The patent was filed on March 9, 2007 in United States. Pub No 20080222241 A1
  6. ^ a b Developing the Business Case for a New Mobile Service, ISBN 978-3-639-04815-5
  7. ^ Vulcanus in Japan (2002/2003). "Vulcanus Alumni". Joomla. p. 8. Retrieved 2013-03-08. Check date values in: |year= (help)
  8. ^ a b c "Peter Arvai's Path From Hungary to Leading Prezi". 2010-11-13. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  9. ^ Alumni group Archived 2013-04-18 at
  10. ^ Angry Birds (Finland) and Prezi (Hungary) Founders come to Stanford Archived 2013-04-09 at
  11. ^ "De gör Sveriges bästa sajt". Internetworld. 2009-11-11. Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  12. ^ "Prezi Founders". Retrieved 2012-01-29.
  13. ^ Detail about investment on Prezi Archived 2012-11-15 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ Prezi Gains VC Funding And Jack Dorsey As An Advisor, Techcrunch, July 20th, 2009
  15. ^ "For your information: I am gay (in Hungarian)". 2015-02-04. Retrieved 2015-02-04.

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