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SlideShare is a site where users can share business presentations, but today it’s going beyond the “Slide” in the company’s name. It’s adding the ability to upload and share business videos.
Chief executive Rashmi Sinha (pictured here) described the new features to me in advance of making the announcement on-stage at the Web 2.0 Expo this morning. All users will be able to upload videos as part of a basic account, she said. The videos will include all the sharing features found on SlideShare, and users can also try to collect sales leads from viewers, as they already can with SlideShare presentations. And because SlideShare has an application for LinkedIn, those videos are also shareable on LinkedIn — Sinha said this is the only way to share videos on the business social network.
Sinha said SlideShare is treating its support for videos as a test, and it’s going to keep a close eye on how people use it. She acknowledged that there’s a risk that videos could increase the company’s infrastructure costs without bringing in much new revenue, which is why it’s limiting users to five videos per month for now.
“In general, we are not worried about it, because we are not about the random videos that land on YouTube,” she said.
She added that this could be the first step towards a broader vision of SlideShare that isn’t just about presentations, or even presentations and videos. SlideShare should be a site where people can find the business content they want regardless of format. The company will probably add support for other content types based on user requests.
San Francisco-based SlideShare has raised $3 million in funding in a round led by Venrock.
[photo by JP Manninen]
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