If you were thinking that the tech world is the man’s world, we’re about to show you how wrong you were. There are many successful females in the tech business, and some of them are changing the face of tech by launching and leading tech startups.
Here’s the list of 25 successful female tech entrepreneurs, in no particular order.
1 – Sophia Amoruso
Sophia Amoruso is the founder of Nasty Gal, an online clothing retail. It was one of the fastest growing companies in 2012. The New York Times called her “a Cinderella of tech” and Forbes “Fashion’s New Phenom”. She released her first book #GIRLBOSS, to tell the story of her company and its development.
2 – Diane Greene
Diane Greene is the founder of VMware, a company that provides cloud and virtualization software and services. She is now a Google board of directors member. She is also on the board of directors of Intuit, financial and tax preparation software company.
3 – Limor Fried
Limor Fried is the founder of Adafruit Industries, an open-source hardware company. In 2011, she got the Most Influential Women in Technology award from Fast Company Magazine and in 2012 she was named “Entrepreneur of the Year” by Entrepreneur. She was also the first female engineer featured on the cover of Wired.
4 -Victoria Ransom
Victoria Ransom is the co-founder of Wildfire, a social media marketing software company. Her client list includes Facebook, Pepsi, Sony, AT&T, and was acquired by Google in 2012. In 2015, she was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She received many awards like the “Champion of Change” award she got from the White House in 2013.
5 – Sara Sutton Fell
Sara Sutton Fell is the CEO and founder of FlexJobs, a professional job service focused to find the best and safest jobs available. In 2014, she was named as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She is also a founder of Remote.co, a website for teams and companies.
6 – Julia Hartz
Julia Hartz is the co-founder and president of Eventbrite, a global marketplace allowing people to find and create events. Eventbrite developed two applications for event organizers – “Entry Manager” and “At The Door”. She has been honored as one of Inc.’s 35 under 35 in 2014 and Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs in 2013.
7 – Therese Tucker
Therese Tucker is the founder of BlackLine Systems, an enhanced finance controls and automation software company. She designed the first BlackLine products. In 2011, San Fernando Valley Business Journal honored her as a ‘Woman of the Decade’ and in 2013 she got an ‘Enterprising Women of the Year Award’ from Enterprising Women magazine. Under her direction, since 2004, the company has experienced double-digit growth.
8 – Judy Estrin
Judy Estrin is a co-founder of Bridge Communications, Precept Software, Network Computing Devices and Packet Design, LLC. She was honored many awards and she served as a member of the Boards of Directors of The Walt Disney Company, FedEx Corporation, Sun Microsystems and Rockwell Corporation. She is also a member of advisory council of Stanford’s School of Engineering.
9 – Elizabeth Holmes
Elizabeth Holmes is the founder and the CEO of Theranos, a health technology and medical laboratory services company. She is the youngest self-made female billionaire on the 2014 Forbes 400 list. She is the co-inventor of over one hundred patent applications and her company now offers 200 tests licensed to run in every state of the US.
10 -Kimberly Bryant
Kimberly Bryant is the founder of Black Girls Code, a non-profit organization that provides technology education to African-American girls. She is an electrical engineer who worked in biotechnology. Her organization has already trained 3,000 girls and plans on expanding to South Africa. Their goal is to teach one million black girls to code by 2040.
11 – Danae Ringelmann
Danae Ringelmann is the co-founder of Indiegogo, an international crowdfunding website. She was named one of the Top 50 Most Influential Women in Technology by Fast Company Magazine. She is an active speaker at conferences, and her recent engagements included SXSW and TED.
12 – Jessica Livingston
Jessica Livingston is the co-founder of Y Combinator, a company providing seed money, advice and connections to startups. By 2015, the company invested in over 940 companies, including Dropbox, Airbnb, Coinbase, Stripe, Reddit, and Weebly. Wired called it a “boot camp for startups” and “the most prestigious program for budding digital entrepreneurs.” She also published her book “Founders at Work: Stories of Startups’ Early Days,” by interviewing several founders like Steve Wozniak, Mitch Kapor, Ray Ozzie and Max Levchin.
13 – Jennifer Pahlka
Jennifer Pahlka is the founder and Executive Director of Code for America, an organization involved in using technology and design in the public and private sectors. She was responsible for the Presidential Innovation Fellows program for the White House and was named a 2011 HuffPost Gamechanger.
14 – Caterina Fake
Caterina Fake is the co-founder of Flickr and Hunch. Flickr became one of the world’s most popular photo-sharing websites. She is on the Board of Directors of Creative Commons, and the Chairman of the Board of Etsy. In 2006, she made Time Magazine‘s list of the world’s 100 most influential people.
15 – Cher Wang
Cher Wang is to co-founder of HTC Corporation and VIA Technologies. Both companies are very successful in their fields. She contributed to creating the early model of smartphone. Forbes listed her as the 54th most powerful woman in the world in 2014 and she is the wealthiest person in Taiwan. She is also well-known for significant donations for many universities.
16 – Sherry Coutu
Sherry Coutu is an angel investor – she provides capital for a business start-ups specialized in consumer internet, information services and education. In 2015, she partnered with the co-founder of LinkedIn and launched The Scale Up Institute, a non-profit organization intended to support UK businesses. In 2011, Wired listed her as one of the ’25 most influential people in the Wired world’.
17 – Stephanie Tilenius
Stephanie Tilenius is Founder and CEO of Vida, a mobile healthcare platform. Before Vida, she held senior leadership positions at PayPal, eBay and Google. She is a Member of the Board of Coach Inc. and Seagate Technology. She succeeded to raise $5 million for Vida in the first funding round.
18 – Sheri Atwood
Sheri Atwood is the founder and CEO of SupportPay, a platform that enables parents to share child expenses with each other. She wanted to find the solution for her problem and help many other parents that have the same issue. She taught herself how to code and soon found herself in Silicon Valley running a very successful business.
19 – Surbhi Sarna
Surbhi Sarna is the founder and CEO of nVision Medical, company that produces medical devices dedicated to female health innovation. Their products are related to infertility and ovarian cancer. She is a speaker at many universities and she was listed on the Forbes 30 under 30 list for 2014. She also has authored numerous health patents. Her company will engage with the FDA in 2015.
20 – Elena Krasnoperova
Elena Krasnoperova is the founder and CEO of SimplyCircle, an online service for busy parents to help manage school communication and logistics. She wanted to be involved in her kids education, and when she figured out many parents have the same problem, she decided to start Simply Circle. She previously worked as an executive at eBay and PayPal.
21 – Stina Ehrensvard
Stina Ehrensvard is the founder and CEO of Yubico Inc, a company for authentication and cryptographic protocols. Their invention, YubiKey, is currently used at seven of the top ten internet companies in Silicon Valley, including Google and Facebook. With her company she received international recognition and she is an active speaker.
22 – Jessica Mah
Jessica Mah is the founder of inDinero, an online finance management tool. She started her first internet company when she was 13, and at the age of 20 raised $1.2 million for the seed round for inDinero and later $8 million from angel investors. She now works in product developing strategies.
23 – Joanna Weidenmiller
Joanna Weidenmiller is the founder of 1-Page, a company that develops software products for HR departments to support them in sourcing and qualifying job candidates. It was the first Silicon Valley company to list on the Australian Stock Exchange and is ranked as one of the top 3 HR technologies in the US. Growing up she had dyslexia but was determined to start a successful business, at which she soon succeeded.
24 – Ann Miura-Ko
Ann Miura-Ko is the co-founder of Floodgate, a “super angel fund”. Forbes called her “the most powerful woman in startups.” She is also a lecturer in the School of Engineering at Stanford University, where she got her Ph.D. in Math Modeling of Computer Security. She is a Board Member of Modcloth, Refinery29, Chloe and Isabel, Wanelo, Ayasdi, Maker Media, Inscopix, and CSS.
25 – Nancy MacIntyre
Nancy MacIntyre is the co-founder and CEO of Fingerprint, a mobile education and entertainment platform for kids. She has launched over 100 games like Scrabble Online and Roller Coaster Tycoon. Before launching Fingerprint, she worked mostly in product innovation at Leapfrog, Lucas Arts and Hasbro Interactive.
If the above mentioned 25 women aren’t inspiring you to discover your inner businesswoman, we don’t know what will. Gone are the days when the corporate and tech worlds were completely dominated by men, and we have these women to thank for that.