Top 20 Women Founders and Entrepreneurs of Technology Companies, who are changing the way we browse web – women behind tech startups
1) Jess Lee, Polyvore – co-founder of Polyvore, a fashion community site where people can mix & match products from any online store to create outfits. Over the past few years I’ve done a little bit of everything, ranging from product management to writing code to finding our office space to ad sales to washing dishes!
2) Jennifer Pahlka, Code For America – Jennifer Pahlka is the founder, executive director and board chair of Code for America. Previously, she ran the Web 2.0 and Gov 2.0 events for TechWeb, in conjunction with O’Reilly Media, and co-chaired the successful Web 2.0 Expo. Before that, she spent eight years at CMP Media where she ran the Game Developers Conference, Game Developer magazine, and Gamasutra.com; there she also launched the Independent Games Festival and served as Executive Director of the International Game Developers Association.
3) Michelle Zatlyn, CloudFlare – Co-founder, Head of User Experience at CloudFlare, CloudFlare makes sites twice as fast, protects them from attacks, ensures they are always online, and makes it simple to add web apps with a single click. CloudFlare supercharges websites regardless of size or platform with no need to add hardware, install software, or change a line of code.
4) Elisabet de los Pinos, Aura Biosciences – Elisabet de los Pinos has created Aura Biosciences from the ground up: from concept, through patents in her name, fundraising and incorporation, to today’s pre-clinical research and strategic partnerships. She is passionate about eradicating cancer and is a member of the American Society of Clinical Oncology.
5) Julia Hartz, Eventbrite – Co-Founder & President, Julia spends her day focusing on the happiness, productivity, and growth of the team at Eventbrite (aka the Britelings). She strives to foster the culture that has defined Eventbrite, and that has placed the company among the Top 5 Best Places to Work in the Bay Area two years in a row, according to the SF Business Times. Prior to co-founding Eventbrite with her husband, Kevin Hartz, Julia enjoyed a career in Television Development at MTV Networks and FX Networks.
6) Cynthia Breazeal, Personal Robots Group – Cynthia Breazeal is an Associate Professor of Media Arts and Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where she founded and directs the Personal Robots Group at the Media Lab. She is a pioneer of social robotics and Human Robot Interaction. She has authored the book “Designing Sociable Robots”, has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles in journals and conferences on the topics of autonomous robotics, artificial intelligence, human robot interaction, and robot learning. She serves on several editorial boards in the areas of autonomous robots, affective computing, entertainment technology and multi-agent systems. She is also a member of the advisory board for the Science Channel and an Overseer at the Museum of Science, Boston.
7) Arianna Huffington – founder, the president and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, a nationally syndicated columnist, and author.
8) Caterina Fake – Caterina Fake is currently the Chief Product Officer at the internet site, Hunch. You might remember her as the co-founder of Flickr along with Stewart Butterfield in 2004. After Flickr was acquired by Yahoo, Caterina ran their Technology Development Group and founded Yahoo’s Brickhouse.
9) Alison Pincus, One Kings Lane – Alison Pincus is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of One Kings Lane. A digital media veteran, Alison was inspired to co-create One Kings Lane to converge her passion for e-shopping and design. In addition to serving as spokesperson and evangelist at One Kings Lane, Alison oversees business development and strategic partnerships. In this role, she and her team drive alliances with web upstarts, media properties, e-commerce entities and talent to grow membership, increase brand awareness, and enhance the shopping experience at One Kings Lane.
10) Annie Chang, Lolapps – Annie oversees user experience and game production at Lolapps. Prior to cofounding Lolapps, Annie has held various technology roles, including engineering at Adobe (Advanced Technology Lab) and product management at BitTorrent. In 2010, Annie was named one of the Most Influential Women In Technology by Fast Company magazine. Annie holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley.
11) Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe – Anne co-founded 23andMe in 2006 after a decade spent in healthcare investing, focused primarily on biotechnology companies. Her hope was to empower consumers with access to their own genetic information and to create a way to generate more personalized information so that commercial and academic researchers could better understand and develop new drugs and diagnostics. Presently, 23andMe has built one of the world’s largest databases of individual genetic information.
12) Milena Golda, CEOWORLD Magazine – a serial entrepreneur, Co-Founder and Editor-in-chief of CEOWORLD Magazine and Managing Director, Lucentbyte Media Technologies LTD. CEOWORLD Magazine is for CEOs & their peers. A resource for CEOS, entrepreneurs and other enterprise technologists.
13) Mariam Naficy, Minted – Mariam Naficy is the Founder and CEO of Minted. Mariam has pioneered new consumer Internet models since 1998, when she co-founded Eve.com, the first online retailer of cosmetics, upon graduating from business school.
14) Dina Kaplan, blip.tv – co-founder of blip.tv who also serves on the board of directors for the International Academy of Web Television.
15) Jessica Scorpio, Getaround – Jessica Scorpio is a Co-Founder and Director of Business Development at Getaround, which was created to leverage the 1B+ cars on the planet to create a cleaner, smarter and more efficient transportation system through a marketplace for peer-to-peer car sharing.
16) Pooja Sankar, Piazza – Pooja Sankar (nee Nath) is the CEO of Piazza. Prior to Piazza, Pooja worked at Facebook on their News Feed Team. She was also a developer at Kosmix and a developer at Oracle. She received her Undergraduate degree in CS from IIT Kanpur (India), a Masters in CS from University of Maryland, College Park, and an MBA at Stanford GSB.
17) Jessica Mah, InDinero – As co-founder and chief of inDinero, Jessica drives the development of inDinero’s product strategy, software development, and design efforts. She and her partners built the core product over the Summer of 2009, and the company has since raised funding from investors such as Y Combinator.
18) Michelle You, Songkick – co-founder and maker of Songkick , a personalized concert alert service that claims the “most comprehensive database of upcoming concerts happening around the world. Michelle studied English and philosophy at Columbia before receiving her master’s in English at Cambridge, all of which was training for writing the snappy copy you read on Songkick. She was the managing editor of Theme magazine before starting Songkick.
19) Rashmi Sinha, CEO and co-founder of SlideShare, She has consulted on user experience projects for companies like eBay, iFilm, AAA and Blue Shield. She lead the team that created MindCanvas, a rich online survey platform for designers. MindCanvas has been used by companies like Microsoft, CitiBank, Expedia and Yahoo.
20) Leah Culver, Pownce- Leah Culver was a co-founder and lead programmer for the messaging service Pownce, which was bought by Six Apart in November 2008. Previously she had worked at Instructables and gained internet notoriety from her laser-etched laptop project.