Women in Technology
The tech world is fast-moving and highly competitive; today, it is also male-dominated, but not for much longer if we see the success of these outstanding women…
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Yoky Matsuoka was on the founding team of Google X and helped build the Nest smart thermostat. She’s a polymath who has studied computer science, electrical engineering, neuroscience, robotics, and mechanical engineering. Former Director of the Neurobotics Laboratory at the University of WA and Computer Science professor at Carnegie Mellon. MIT doctorate in electrical engineering and computer science and MacArthur Fellow.
Tracy Chou is a software engineer at Pinterest. She has prior work experience at Quora and internship experience at Rocket Fuel, Google, and Facebook. She studied computer science at Stanford University with a specialization in machine learning and artificial intelligence. Participated in the Twitter hashtag campaign #ILookLikeAnEngineer to promote more women in STEM careers and in Pinterest's initiative to encourage more women in technology.
Jenny Lee is Managing Partner, GGV Capital, Singapore. She is the first woman to break the top 10 on FORBES’ 2015 Midas List, Lee established the firm’s Shanghai office in 2005 and has been spearheading successful tech investment deals since. Bachelor's and master's degree in electrical engineering from Cornell, MBA Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. http://ht.ly/VdIU1
Katie Jacobs Stanton is Vice President of Global Media at Twitter. After serving as Twitter’s VP of international market development since 2010, Stanton was promoted to VP of global media in July 2014, where she’ll be tasked with overseeing the social media giant’s international and U.S. media divisions. She is a graduate of Rhodes College and received her master's degree from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA).
Elizabeth Nelson is an advisor and corporate director for high-growth companies in the software, digital media, technology and Internet markets. She currently also serves on the Boards of Nokia, Pandora Media, and Zendesk. She has worked in international development projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America for USAID and World Bank. M.B.A. in finance with distinction, Wharton School at UPenn, BA foreign service from Georgetown
Trae Vassallo is an independent investor, board member, and advisor. She co-founded Good Technology, that provides end-to-end wireless e-mail services to the enterprise. B.S. and M.S. degree in mechanical engineering with honors from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. In addition to working with the world's best entrepreneurs, Trae is passionate about empowering girls in technology.
Ruby Lee is the Product Partner at KPCB Edge, and focuses on companies in the Digital Health and Mobile Marketplace industries. Previously, she was an Associate Product Manager at Google, She holds an M.S. in Computer Science and a B.S. in Bioengineering from Stanford University. She was also the president of the Business Association of Stanford Entrepreneurial students (BASES), the largest entrepreneurship group on campus.
Mary Meeker's work focuses on investments in digital practices, targeting high-growth Internet companies that have achieved rapid adoption and scale. She is co-author of the industry-defining books and created USA, Inc., an award winning, non-partisan report/video that looks at the U.S. government (and its financials) from a business perspective. B.A. DePauw University with B.A. degree and M.B.A. from Cornell University.
Swati Mylavarapu's work focuses on venture-stage companies developing digital health and consumer technologies and businesses. A.B. degree with highest honors in Development Studies from Harvard University and an MPhil in Economic and Social History from the University of Oxford, where she was a Rhodes Scholar. Swati is also a Truman Scholar, and passionate about the role great technology companies and teams can play in solving important world challenges.
POORNIMA VIJAYASHANKER is currently the founder at Femgineer, an education company that helps empower engineers, founders, and product leads to transform their ideas into tangible, high-impact products. She is also an entrepreneur-in-residence at 500 Startups, where she advises companies on growth and fundraising.Skilled in coding, front and back-end development, understanding customer needs, and working with a team to create user-friendly software.
ADRIANA GASCOIGNE is the Founder and CEO of Girls in Tech, a non-profit organization devoted to empower, educate, and mentor women in the tech industry across over 47 chapters internationally. No stranger to growing brands and building amazing companies, Adriana has also served in Executive roles at RxMatch, (VP of Product Marketing) and QwikCart, (CMO), Ogilvy & Mather (VP of Digital – Intel), and SecondMarket (VP of Marketing)
NATALIA BURINA is the Co-Founder of Parable, a creative photo network. Her earlier startup, Flockish, was a mobile social platform for gatherings.Natalia also held product leadership roles at eBay, Samsung and Microsoft. Natalia started her career as a software engineer after having completed a B.S. degree in Applied and Computational Mathematics at University of Washington.