SlideShare: The founders have left the building

Some news to share: Amit is moving on from SlideShare. This means all SlideShare founders have left now (Rashmi and I left several months ago). Rumor has it he’s going to be doing something high-impact and really exciting …stay tuned for more details. ;->

It’s a bittersweet moment for founders to leave, much like watching your child go off to college. Building organizations and parenting are pretty similar: the goal is to make something that will outlast you, something that will stand on it’s own two feet and go into the world. Baby SlideShare is all grown up!

SlideShare continues to grow, and in the last few months many of the features that we had worked on for a long time finally became available. Providing analytics free to all users delivers a ton of value that should help every SlideShare user understand where their traffic comes from.  Slide authoring (powered by HaikuDeck) takes SlideShare into the realm of presentation CREATION in a very elegant way. And shipping an IOS app to compliment the Android app completes the transition of  SlideShare into the mobile era. LinkedIn is continuing to invest in the product, and the results are showing. LinkedIn is also continuing to invest in the team, centralizing development in San Francisco (until now it has been split between San Francisco and New Delhi).

The continued traction that SlideShare is showing (it’s now poised to break into the ranks of the top 100 websites worldwide) is also a real joy to watch. Who knew that a bunch of PowerPoint presentations would be such a global cultural phenomenon?

I’ve worked on SlideShare from 2006 to 2014, a solid 8 years. It’s been a fun ride, and I made a lot of great friends, got a few grey hairs, and had a lot of crazy experiences.

Much love to the team and the awesome SlideShare community. As Jeff @ LinkedIN  likes to say, Next Play! Rashmi and I are taking it easy but are also having fun experimenting with some new ideas, as well as doing a bit of angel investing. I’m going to try to blog a bit more too, let’s see how that goes. 🙂