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May 13, 2012

3 Reasons why Linkedin's Acquisition of Slideshare will Benefit Users

LinkedIn and Slideshare
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Slideshare has just been acquired by  LinkedIn for approximately $118.75 million,  for approximately 45%  cash and 55 % stock .Linkedin , with 161 million members   is one of the fastest growing social networks, in the social career vertical , and has last year  was among the the first major US social-media company to raise  $352.8 million in an  IPO
Slideshare has been often termed as  “YouTube for slideshows,” SlideSharehas and enables users to share and upload presentations, documents, PDFs, videos and webinars since 2006.
Linkedin  with  107 million unique monthly visitors and 161 million members can now leverage slideshare's highly engaged user base  with Linkedin 's  own  user data , enabling its users to add presentation, documents, and infographics.This acquisition is a perfect fit to Linkedin , as it   enables linkedin professionals discover and share content,  data and information 
SlideShare attracts 58 million unique monthly  and 16 million registered users , and  hosts more than 7 million presentations, which have been embedded on nearly 1.5 million different domains. LinkedIn CEO Jeff Weiner says SlideShare’s purpose “aligns perfectly” with his company’s mission.
SlideShare was voted amongst by the World's Top 10 tools for education & e-learning in 2010 SlideShare's biggest competitors include Scribd.com, Issuu and Docstoc. Some of the notable users of SlideShare include The White House, NASA, World Economic Forum, State of Utah, O'Reilly Media, Hewlett Packard and IBM. LinkedIn, recently acquired real-time search startup IndexTank in October 2011 and email startup Rapportive this February.