Rashmi Sinha (Internet RockStar)

rashmi-sinha.jpgRashmi Sinha made the jump from life as an academic to the Web when she got bored of working in a lab. She started by dipping her foot into the tech arena when she cofounded Uzanto Consulting, a company that provided user research for technology products to companies like Microsoft and Yahoo!

That enterprise eventually helped launch SlideShare in 2006, where Sinha is co-founder and CEO. SlideShare is like YouTube for PowerPoint or KeyNote, creating a social network of sorts for presentations. Want feedback on your product or service?

Float it out there by uploading to SlideShare, where community members can then add to, comment, and share with others. Among Sinha's notable accolades are being named to Fast Company's Most Influential Women in Web 2.0, not to mention making it onto Playboy's list of America's sexiest CEOs.

"Women can have a different leadership style and if you don’t understand that style, it can be a blocker in funding women," Sinha writes about her own experience when seeking financial backing for SlideShare. "I don’t think they were against women CEOs, rather it was the particular leadership style they did not want to fund."

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By Joyce C. Tang
The Daily Beast