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  •  August 1, 2014


The ‘Women in Technology’ or the Founders of some great website we use today? What do you want to call them? Talk stereotype or break the typecast. We bring you the top 13 women founders from around the globe who have made ‘space’ in the so called man’s tech-world.

1. Jess Lee, co-founder & CEO Polyvore []

Jess_Landscape-10001-656x430It’s a social fashion site where users can curate wardrobes by assembling products from across the web, then share these virtual ensembles with other users.

She says: “I was really following that same advice that Marissa [Mayer] had given me before: ‘Go where it’s going to be challenging, so you can learn a lot.”

2. Michelle Zatlyn, co-founder CloudFlare []

628x471The company makes websites faster and more secured while protecting them from spam, denial-of-service attacks and other bad things floating around the Internet.

She talks about what common mistake people make in the tech sector:People don’t take opportunities – because the timing is bad, the financial side unsecure, or their friends disadvise. Too many people are overanalyzing. Sometimes you just have to go for it.”

3. Elisabet de los Pinos, CEO and co-founder of Aura Biosciences [].

meet-davos-hero-the-female-scientist-whos-curing-cancerShe is an Scientist and Entrepreneur who is the lifeline behind this next-generation biotechnology company seeking to greatly improve the efficacy of cancer treatment.

She says: “You have to make them believe in the entrepreneur, believe that it’s not the moment that’s important, it’s the technology and the team. You never get away from being an entrepreneur, but that’s OK. It’s my passion. I try to complement my work and home life. My kids are so proud. My son told his teacher that his mother goes to work by plane.”

Science is fun, eh?

4. Cynthia Breazeal, Director Personal Robots Group []

breazealBreazeal has created the Personal Robots Group based on her passion for robot research and education. She has helped develop some of the world’s most famous robotic creatures like robotic flower gardens to Leonardo, the “the Stradivarius of expressive robots,” a dexterous robot that was named one of TIME‘s 50 best inventions of 2008.

She says: “The human robot relation is something very special and very different. Once you understand that, you can start to leverage it in a way that really empowers people.”

5. Kimberly Dillon, House of Mikko Dillon

Kimberly-DillonThis website is a personalized beauty recommendation engine that helps women discover the best haircare, skincare, and color beauty products for them, based on their unique features and beauty goals.

She says – “I think that the beauty industry is prime for change. House of Mikko is built on what women do already today offline and takes it online. I will say I wouldn’t drag my feet on waiting for the right resources, finding money and partners could take months!  I would set milestones and if those didn’t get met I would think about what I can start to do myself.”

6. Caterina Fake, Flickr []

Caterina-FakeWe all know about Flickr – the photo-sharing service, which was sold to Yahoo in 2005 and recently announced that 6 billion photos had been uploaded to the site.

She says: “A founder is like being somebody’s parent: You want to make sure your offspring thrive. It’s important for entrepreneurs to stay active in the startup world and be an angel investor, if they can. Looking at other companies and their challenges keeps you thinking [like a startup] all the time. Pick a good market. Build a great product. You can try to attack it a bunch of different ways. Don’t be too narrow.”

7. Alison Pincus, Co-founder One Kings Lane []

one_kings_lane_office_tour_alison_pincus_01The online retailer is a home and lifestyle space. The site offers mostly unsold inventory from designer home decor companies at up to 70 percent off.

She says: “3 things I love about my job – Providing jobs to so many talented people; Changing how people shop for their homes and gifts; Serving as a positive force in the industry.”

8. Annie Chang, co-Founder Lolapps []

467556_10201229614039652_2113483062_oIt is a social games and apps publisher that allows users to create their own quizzes and games, as well as send gifts on platforms like Facebook. It has been ranked among the top 10 games on Facebook.

She says: “I sat in the audience as Mark Zuckerberg announced the new Facebook platform in May 2007, and I was inspired.  Talk about your idea. Talking about your idea will give you valuable feedback that can help you improve your execution. Talking about stuff you’re passionate about will help you attract people who can help you with your idea or introduce you to others who can help. Trust your own instincts on what you can accomplish.”

9. Anne Wojcicki, Co-founder & CEO 23andMe []

12-VENTURE-tmagArticle“23” refers to the pairs of chromosomes in the human body. 23andMe aims to be “the world’s trusted source of personal genetic information”. She is married to Google co-founder Sergey Brin and has spent a decade working as a healthcare investment analyst specializing in biotech firms prior to co-founding this company.

She says: “We’re not just looking to get a venture-capital return. We set out with this company to revolutionize health care.”

10.  Dina Kaplan, co-founder and COO of []

Dina-Kaplan-blip.tv_It is a free platform for discovering original web series. According to its website, is now the largest independently owned video network in the world. Dina was named as the most influential Women in Web 2.0 in 2008. She is the Female Internet Hero.

She says: “There is a very strong camaraderie emerging among women in digital media. Women founders can encourage friendships and build a support network and potential business relationships to try to create a bit of an “old girls’ club” for digital media.”

11.  Jessica Scorpio, Founder and Director of Marketing Getaround [Getaround]

628x471This 27 years old is the founder of Getaround, car-sharing service that allows drivers to rent out their “underutilized” cars by the hour, day or week, using Getaround’s website or app.

She says: “Honestly, I work 7 days a week every hour of the day. I am focused    on making Getaround a successful business. I think work-life balance is a personal thing.”

12. Pooja Sankar, Founder & CEO Piazza []

Small-Pooja-ImagePiazza connects teachers, students, and TAs to help answer students’ questions for free and is now used by more than 330 colleges, according to India Today. Pooja has worked for as a Software Developer in Facebook, Oracle, etc. She has the degree of computer science from IIT, Kanpur.

She says: “Motherhood has forced me to build processes into company operations that ensure that everyone—including me–is working on what is absolutely the most important thing. This is especially important for mothers who wish to continue running businesses or advancing their careers; we need to work on transparency of the day to day experience.”

13.  Michelle You, Songkick []

Michele You Songkick cofounderIt is a personalized concert alert service that claims the ‘most comprehensive database of upcoming concerts happening around the world’. It is used to help notify fans when an artist they love schedules a performance. Michelle was featured on’s 30 Under 30 in 2010.

She says: “You just have to do it. There is no answer before you start. You just have to plunge and do it and you will be astonished at how much you can learn and achieve. I know it sounds cheesy and cliche but that’s the best advice I can give. “

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