Rashmi Sinha: Women Entrepreneur, SlideShare Founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Rashmi Sinha
Rashmi Sinha: Women Entrepreneur, SlideShare Founder

Today you will read the success story of Rashmi Sinha, Founder – CEO of SlideShare. Reading motivational success stories of successful Indian women Entrepreneurs stimulates inspirational enzymes within us and we all wish to emulate them on the path of success.

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Following above, today you will read the success story of Rashmi Sinha, Women Entrepreneur, SlideShare Founder

Who is Rashmi Sinha?

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

She was listed #8 as 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 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.

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

She 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 own 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 were run by Mr. Amit Ranjan, her mechanical engineer brother.

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

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

She and her husband built SlideShare with the help of her older brother Amit Rajan. SlideShare is a site for people to share presentations online in just six months.

More than 9 million presentations were uploaded to SlideShare, helping professionals connect through content. LinkedIn acquired SlideShare for over $100 million in 2012.

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

Management Philosophy:

She writes about social software and entrepreneurship at her blog, Rashmisinha.com. She involved in the HCL community.

That was one of the founding members of the Information Architecture Society and co-chairs the monthly BayCHI talk series.


  • Listed in top 10 women influencers in Web 2.0 In 2008 by Fast Company
  • Named in Fortune magazine’s most powerful businesswoman entrepreneurs list
  • Listed in one of the 20 most influential global Indian women by The Economic Times in January 2015.

Her vigor makes her a successful entrepreneur. Rashmi Sinha’s leadership attributes and vision are inspirational and something that young entrepreneurs need to learn from.

Rashmi Sinha herself is a great woman entrepreneur of worth. Truly, an inspiration, SugerMint salutes this entrepreneurial greatness that is Rashmi Sinha. Her experiences in entrepreneurship are nothing but inspiring.

We hope you find the inspirational success story of Rashmi Sinha, a Women Entrepreneur, SlideShare Founder, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) inspiring through your entrepreneurial journey and will keep you inspired.

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