No this is not a copy of the Complex article everyone is talking about. But since EVERYONE is putting out a list of the women they think are the hottest women in tech I decided I want in too. My list is not based on physical looks (sorry fellas ;)) but rather a mix of tech veterans and new faces to the tech world doing big things so far this year. And in no particular order…
- Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook COO & Author of “Lean In“: Sandberg’s new book discusses business leadership and development as well as issues with the lack of women in government and business leadership positions, and feminism (which couldn’t come at a better time). And not to mention in 2012 she was honored several times for her powerful presence; she was named in Time 100, an annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world assembled by Time. Sandberg continues to be a force to be reckoned with in 2013.
- Bridget Van Kralingen, Senior Vice President of IBM Global Business Services: Responsible for the strategy, execution and business results of IBM’s consulting, systems integration, and application management services across more than 170 countries. I’d say she has her hands full.
- Poornima Vijayashanker, Founder and CEO of Femgineer: What once started as a blog has now turned into a female empowerment project called Femgineer. The project encourages women to get into science and tech (similar to a STEM program). This year she plans to expand the program to various cities and license the curriculum so others can teach it, as well as sell video courses.
- Amy Sheng, Co-founder of CellScope: Sheng has an intensive medical background and is using her medical knowledge to develop medical apps. Just imagine, soon you’ll be able to take a picture and receive an immediate diagnosis instead of going to the doctor.
- Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls Code: Bryant encourages young Black women to embrace the tech world as builders and creators. Black Girls Code gives young women the skills to be leaders in their communities and builders of their own futures through exposure to technology.
- Alexa von Tobel, Founder & CEO of LearnVest: Learnvest gives people a chance to receive financial advice at an affordable price. She supplies you with an in-house team of Certified Financial Planners (CFPs) for a monthly $19 fee.
- Katie Jacobs Stanton, Head of the International Strategy at Twitter: Stanton became a household name by playing a major role in Obama’s revolutionary social media campaign. She was even named Special Adviser to the Office of Innovation at the US Department of State. Who else can say they tweeted Obama back into the White House?
- Lauren Santo Domingo, Creative Director of Moda Operandi: Of course I had to add a tech fashionista. Domingo created her own startup (in which I am a proud subscriber) which allows users to pre-order runway looks.
- Angela Benton, Founder and CEO, New Me: Benton’s start up is an accelerator for businesses led by under-represented minorities in the technology industry. I love seeing someone that is dedicated to helping others seek exposure and capital, the tech world needs that type of teamwork.
- Marissa Mayer, President & CEO of Yahoo: Mayer was heavily criticized early this year when she no longer allowed Yahoo employees to work from home. However, no one has mentioned that in the 8 months since she’s taken over the Yahoo stock is up 50% and the market cap is up $8.5 billion. I call that a win!
What do you think about these ladies? Who would you add to this list? Comment below!