Success Story : Rashmi Sinha, Founder – CEO of SlideShare


Who is Rashmi Sinha?

Rashmi Sinha is an Indian Women Entrepreneurs, businessperson, and CEO of San Francisco-based company SlideShare.

She was listed #8 on the Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs list of Fortune magazine in 2012. She was named one of the world’s Top 10 women influencers in Web 2.0 by Fast Company.

Rashmi is now based in San Francisco with Jonathan Boutelle, her husband. The Economic Times listed her as one of the 20 “most influential” global Indian women in January 2015.

Early life and Education

Rashmi was born in Lucknow, India, and grew up in Kolkata and Allahabad. She completed her B. A and M.A. in psychology from Allahabad University.

She was grown up in India and earned a Ph.D. in cognitive neuropsychology at Brown University. She took computer science courses with Andy van Dam.

and had some exposure to the HCL way of thinking. She also took a course in designing educational software.

And went to the University of California, Berkeley for a postdoc. There she switched her focus to human-computer interaction.

Personal life

She married Software Engineer, Jonathan Boutelle. He is the co-founder and CTO of SlideShare.

They live in San Francisco. She was named one of the World’s Top 10 Women Influencers in Web 2.0 by Fast Company in 2008.

The Playboy Magazine named her one of America’s Top 10 “Sexiest” CEOs in 2009.

The SlideShare Story:

She left academia at the University of California to start her user-experience consultancy and embarked on the journey of entrepreneurship.

As she enjoyed practical problems more, she co-founded Uzanto, a user experience consulting company.

It worked on projects for companies like eBay, Blue Shield, AAA, etc. In 2005, her first foray product with MindCanvas (a game-like software for customer research) was released.

Rashmi opened Slideshare’s Indian office in Delhi with 20 employees which was run by Mr. Amit Ranjan, her mechanical engineer brother.

SlideShare was live in early October of 2006. The startup software called Slideshare connects people through rich content and is patronized by celebrities.

Slideshare hasn’t used any advertisements, It generated organic traffic from search engines like Google, Yahoo, and Bing. It had 29 million unique visitors and 9 Million presentations.

Rashmi runs SlideShare as a unit of LinkedIn as a marketing, and technology team, and is head of product.