Rashmi Sinha

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Rashmi Sinha is an Indian-American businesswoman and CEO of San Francisco-based technology company SlideShare. She has done PhD in Psychology from Brown University. She has done M.A. in Psychology and B.A. from Allahabad University.

Early life[edit]

Sinha was born in Lucknow, India.

Rashmi grew up in India and earned a PhD in cognitive neuropsychology at Brown University. There, Rashmi took computer science courses with Andy van Dam, so she had some exposure to the HCI (human-computer interaction) way of thinking. She took a course in designing educational software. Rashmi Sinha went to University of California, Berkeley for a postdoc where she switched her focus to human-computer interaction. She then left academia to start her own user-experience consultancy. Deciding that she enjoyed practical problems more, she co-founded Uzanto, a user experience consulting company and worked on projects for companies like eBay, Blue Shield, AAA etc. Her first foray into products was with MindCanvas (a game-like software for customer research) released in November 2005. Simultaneously, Rashmi and her husband built SlideShare, a site for people to share presentations online, in just six months. Since its launch in 2006, more than 9 million presentations have been uploaded to SlideShare, helping professionals connect through content. LinkedIn acquired SlideShare for over $100 million in 2012.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Sinha is married to Jonathan Boutelle, who is the co-founder and CTO of SlideShare.[2][3] They live in San Francisco.[4]

In 2008, Rashmi was named one of the World's Top 10 Women Influencers in Web 2.0 by Fast Company.[5]

In 2009, Playboy Magazine named her one of America's Top 10 "Sexiest" CEOs.[6][7]

Rashmi writes about social software and entrepreneurship at her blog –http://www.rashmisinha.com. She is involved in the HCI community, was one of the founding members of the Information Architecture Society, and co-chairs the monthly BayCHI talk series.[8]


  1. ^ "Rashmi's blog". 
  2. ^ Gannes, Liz (3 May 2012). "LinkedIn Buys SlideShare For $119M While Beating Earnings Expectations". Mobile Apps News. Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Chang, Angie (4 May 2012). "Female Founders To Watch: Literally Married To Your Co-Founder". Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Sinha, Rashmi. "About". Retrieved 28 May 2012. 
  5. ^ "SlideShare Founding Team". 
  6. ^ America's Sexiest CEOs Playboy
  7. ^ "Indian-origin Rashmi Sinha in Playboy’s ‘sexiest CEOs’ list". The Indian Express Limited. 21 May 2009. Retrieved 23 May 2009. 
  8. ^ "Rashmi's blog". 

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