10 Women in Technology Crushing It Right Now

January 24, 2020
Aubrie Przybysz
Marketing at Drafted

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Anne Wojcicki co-founder and CEO of 23andMe  is a “take home” personalized DNA kit and recently became the first FDA-approved DNA testing service of its kind. Wojcicki is working to create a shared genome database that could someday become a search engine for the human body. With over a million customers, 23andMe is giving consumers more control over their well-being and genetic code. Anne was also recently named the “most daring CEO in the US” by Fast Company.

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Marne Levine Chief Operating Officer at InstagramYou know and love (or hate) Instagram. Marne Levine handles the scaling of the company’s business and operations globally. Before she joined Instagram, she worked at Facebook where she did things like educate governments and organizations on their plans, products and policies to create an understanding and support for innovative technologies. And before that, she worked for the Obama Administration as the Chief of Staff of the National Economic Council. She serves on the Board of Directors for Chegg along with several not for profits including Lean In.org, the Urban Institute, LIFT, National Endowment for Democracy, and the American Council on Germany and is a member of the Trilateral Commission.

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Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan Founder and CEO of Drawbridge. Drawbridge is the industry's leading anonymous cross-device technology company that enables brands to have seamless conversations with consumers across their connected devices, including desktops, smartphones, tablets, and connected TVs. Sivaramakrishnan has created the fastest-growing woman-led company on the Inc. 5000 list (it's No. 6 on the list). Before Drawbridge, she held the role of Lead Scientist at AdMob (acquired by Google in 2009). Kamakshi received her PhD in Information Theory and Algorithms from Stanford University. In 2014 she was named one of Ad Age’s “40 Under 40,” as well as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Finalist. Her technology is on board New Horizons, NASA’s farthest space mission, to Pluto and the outer planetary system.

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Payal Kadakia CEO and Cofounder of ClassPass and Artistic Director at Sa Dance CompanyClassPass is a membership fitness program that provides people access to studios across the country. Since its launch in 2013, ClassPass has facilitated 2 million reservations across 2,500 studios in 28 cities. The Sa Dance Company is increasing awareness of Indian dance in the mainstream. She is featured on the 40 under 40 list, and recently had her company valued at $400 million. Payal previously worked as a consultant at Bain & Company and holds a degree in Operations Research from MIT.

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Ann Miura - Ko - Co-founding partner at FLOODGATE.  Her investment interests include innovations in big data, radicalscience, and marketplaces. She has been the founding investor in companies including Lyft, Refinery29, Xamarin, Ayasdi, Inscopix, Chloe & Isabel, Taskrabbit and Wanelo. Ann also serves on the Yale Corporation Investment Committee. She lectures at the School of Engineering at Stanford University, where she got her PhD focused on mathematical modeling of computer security. Ann Miura-Ko has been called "the most powerful woman in startups" by Forbes.

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Nita Singh Kaushal Founder of Miss CEO. While in college, Nita developed a passion for helping girls and young women develop leadership skills and advance in underrepresented fields. This led her to develop Miss CEO. Miss CEO is an educational startup focused on the delivering leadership training, educational tools and mentoring to girls and women in technology.  Nita graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Nita was recently a senior manager at Yahoo! where she led an innovative and high performance suite of display media products. She began her career at Intel, where she was a key player in the development of Intel's Centrino wireless platforms and other key mobile technologies.  She is also on the Stanford Women's Community Center Advisory Board.

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Aileen Lee Founder and Partner at Cowboy Ventures  Before Cowboy, she worked at the venture firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. At KPCB she worked hands on with companies including Bloom Energy, Blue Nile (NILE), Good Technology (acquired by MOT), One Kings Lane, Plum District, Rent the Runway, Shopkick, Tellme (acquired by MSFT), and Trendyol. During that time, she was also the founding CEO of RMG Networks (RMGN), the leading digital out-of-home media company, backed by KPCB. Aileen previously  held operating roles at Gap Inc., The North Face, Odwalla and Morgan Stanley.

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Jess Lee CEO and Co-Founder of Polyvore Polyvore is a style & shopping platform recently acquired by Yahoo. Since 2007, Polyvore has been providing an online platform for the fashion addicts to create "sets" from over 42 million images that encompass everything from Chanel nail polish to Burberry shearling coats. Polyvore users create over 35,000 sets a day and because of this, the site attracts over 11 million unique visitors per month, making it the most visited fashion destination on the web. Before co-founding Polyvore, Jess was a product manager for Google Maps. Jess has a degree in Computer Science from Stanford University.

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Adriana Gascoigne is the Founder and CEO of Girls in TechGirls in tech is a non-profit organization headquartered in San Francisco, that launched in February 2007. Girls in Tech aims to engage, empower, educate, and mentor women in the tech industry to help them reach their professional goals. Some of these programs include Lady Pitch Night, Catalyst Conference, GIT M, XChange, GIT Bootcamp, and many more. There are 52 chapters internationally.

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Esosa Ighodaro CEO and Cofounder of Cosign COSIGN is a social based business that allows people to easily tag and find product information within a picture.  Making a post “shoppable” allows the tagger to earn commission if a sale is made from the post. She comes from a financial background and has had experiences at JPMorgan Chase, Bear Stearns, and CITIGROUP. Esosa has always considered herself entrepreneurial in nature which allowed her to make the leap into start ups.

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