To compile the list of “Most Influential and successful Women in Technology”, we asked our readers to highlight , the unacknowledged and under-appreciated tech stars, based on their achievements through creativity and hard work. Tech is a hot and exciting sector, and it’s good to see more and more women getting involved, like Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg and HP’s Meg Whitman or Google’s Marisa Mayer.
Rebecca R. Rhoads – vice president and chief information officer of Raytheon Company (NYSE: RTN). As chief information officer, Rhoads provides expert counsel to senior management, and is responsible for Information Technology (IT) strategy, functions, processes, and people company-wide and globally. This includes IT architecture, systems, networks, investments, information protection and assurance, and IT supplier relationships. Information Technology is used in the sale, design, build, procurement, delivery, and support of all Raytheon products and services.
Michelle Zatlyn, co-founder and Head of User Experience at CloudFlare. Michelle creates products people love, applying the scientific method to improving businesses. Prior to CloudFlare, she worked at Google and Toshiba, and launched two successful startups. Michelle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and a minor in Management with Distinction from McGill University, and an MBA from Harvard Business School where she was awarded the Dubliner Prize for Entrepreneurship.
Elisabet de los Pinos, Founder and CEO 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.
Julia Hartz, president and co-founder Eventbrite, Prior to co-founding Eventbrite with her husband, Kevin Hartz, Julia enjoyed a career in Television Development at MTV Networks and FX Networks. She was fortunate enough to be a part of acclaimed shows such as Jackass, Nip/Tuck, The Shield, Rescue Me, and Morgan Spurlock’s 30 Days.
Shira Lazar – Shira Lazar is the Host and Executive Producer of the weekly live interactive show and 24/7 news hub, “What’s Trending”. She is also the Host and Creator of the talk show of YouTube, “Partners Project”, interviewing the biggest YouTube stars. Social: web, Facebook, Google Plus
Gail Goodman - CEO of Constant Contact, small business advocate, Gail has revolutionized the way that small businesses and organizations can effectively and affordably build relationships with their customers, clients, and members. A frequent speaker at industry events, Gail develops and tracks best practices in small business success; email, event, and social media marketing; customer communications; and entrepreneurship. Social: web, twitter
Jennifer Pahlka, Code For America - Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and executive director of Code for America, which works with talented web professionals and cities around the country to promote public service and reboot government.
Sheila Marcelo – Founder & CEO of Care.com where you can find care for your children, parents, pet and home. And before starting Care, Marcelo was a senior executive at Upromise, an online college savings program, and TheLadders.com, a search engine for executive jobs. Social: web, twitter
Laura Fitton - Inbound Marketing Evangelist, HubSpot, Laura Fitton, HubSpot’s Inbound Marketing Evangelist, previously co-authored Twitter for Dummies and founded oneforty.com. As an Inbound Marketing Evangelist, she’s excited about showing companies how to grow by helping people buy instead of cramming marketing messages down their throats. Social: web, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter
Wendy Cebula – Chief Operating Officer, VistaPrint, Wendy Cebula joined Vistaprint in October 2000 and currently serves as chief operating officer. In this role, she is responsible for overseeing Vistaprint’s North American and European business units as well as global capabilities, manufacturing strategy and marketing planning and integration, Prior to assuming her current role, Wendy served as president of Vistaprint’s North American business unit. Prior to that Wendy served as CIO and in other executive capacities. Social: web
Maria Cirino - Co-Founder and Managing Director, .406 Ventures, Maria has been building and founding technology businesses for 25 years. Her operational, entrepreneurial, and senior management experience in venture-backed technology companies includes two Massachusetts IPOs of the Year and the founding of two successful companies and a venture capital firm. Social: web, twitter
Carolyn Leighton - CEO, Chairwoman & Founder, Women In Technology International, a global trade organization for executive women in Technology and Business. @twitter
Jess Lee, CEO at Polyvore – Prior to Polyvore, Jess was a product manager at Google, where she worked on Google Maps and launched features like My Maps and draggable driving directions. After 4 years at Google, Jess became hopelessly addicted to making Polyvore sets and decided the only cure was to join the Polyvore team. Jess has a degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.
Leslie Bradshaw - President, COO, Co-Founder, JESS3, a creative interactive agency that specializes in the art of data visualization, adding context and meaning to the exponentially growing world of data around us. Social: web, linkedin, twitter
Cher Wang – Chairman, HTC, Cher Wang has established a number of successful IT-related businesses, and is currently Chairman of three Taiwan-listed companies, and on the Board of Directors of or advisor to numerous other companies. She founded VIA Technologies, Inc. in 1987, and was instrumental in driving its strategic move to Taipei to be closer to both foundries and customers; she is also co-founder and Chairman of leading smart phone developer, HTC Corp.
Mary Meeker - Partner, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Mary Meeker is partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and joined the firm in January 2011. She focuses on investments in the firm’s digital practice and helps lead KPCB’s Digital Growth Fund, targeting high-growth Internet companies that have achieved rapid adoption and scale. Mary serves on the board of Square and is actively involved in KPCB’s investments in Twitter, Groupon, Legalzoom, Waze, 360buy.com, Spotify, Jawbone, One King’s Lane and Trendyol.Diane Hessan - CEO at Communispace, A pioneer in creating online communities to help marketers generate consumer insights, Diane helped found Communispace in 1999 and hasn’t looked back. Hessan sold her company last year to the Omnicom Group. Social: web, twitter
Mary Puma – CEO, Axcelis Technologies, Mary Puma has been Axcelis’ Chairman since May of 2005 and CEO since January 2002. She played an instrumental role in the company’s spin off from Eaton Corporation in 2000, when she was named president and chief operating officer. Social: web, Facebook, Google Plus
Caterina Fake - Founder, Pinwheel . Cofounder of Flickr and Hunch, an active angel investor, and a Founder Partner at Founder Collective. Social: Google Plus, flickr, Twitter
Frances Haugen – Google+ Profiles Product Manager – Google Plus, Twitter, Linkedin
Vanessa Alvarez @twitter - she serves as Infrastructure & Operations Analyst at Forrester. She focuses on primary storage architectures and strategy, the evolution of these as they relate to converged infrastructure, and cloud computing scenarios, and also works with Infrastructure & operations Professionals to navigate the complexity and enable a more strategic storage environment.
Jennifer Arguello @twitter @linkedin @googleplus- She is a product manager on the apps team at Mozilla Corporation, according to her, started programming by accident and end up getting computer science degree at University of California, San Diego.
Bettina Hein – CEO, Pixability, Bettina Hein is the Founder and CEO of Pixability. Pixability helps businesses increase sales by using video. Pixability’s video marketing software makes it easy to use video as a marketing tool. Bettina is a frequent speaker on the topics of video, marketing and entrepreneurship. She’s spoken at MIT, Harvard Business School and conferences worldwide. Social: Web, Linkedin, Twitter
Prerna Gupta – CEO Khush, she has overseen the growth of Khush’s flagship product, LaDiDa, which has received over 2 million downloads and led the company to profitability. Khush is now part of Smule, Inc. Social: web, twitter, facebook
Alexa Hirschfeld @twitter – Co-Founder, Paperless Post, redefine the tradition of paper stationery so that people can send custom, personalized invitations and announcements with the same thought and care as previous generations, but the way we communicate today: online.
Jennifer Hyman and Jennifer Fleiss @twitter- Jennifer Hyman is Co-founder and CEO and Jennifer Fleiss is Co-founder and President at Rent The Runway. met as sectionmates at Harvard Business School, where over frequent girls nights, they became fast friends.
Julia Kaganskiy - Global editor of The Creators Project. Founder/organizer of Arts, Culture & Technology meetup. Co-founder of Blue Box Gallery. She’s the founder of New York Times-acclaimed #ArtsTech meetup, a monthly event series exploring the intersection of art and technology. She’s also co-founder of Blue Box Gallery, a pop-up gallery dedicated to bringing New Media Art to a rotating host of alternative urban spaces. Social: web, twitter, linkedin.
Cynthia Breazeal, Personal Robots Group – 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.
Alison Pincus is the Co-Founder and Chief Partnership Officer of One Kings Lane. A digital media veteran, Alison was inspired to co-create One Kings Lane to converge her passion for online shopping and design. In addition to serving as spokesperson and evangelist for One Kings Lane, Alison oversees business development and strategic partnerships.
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