Mar 08, 2017 08:56 AM EST
International Women's Day Picks: Silicon Valley's 6 Awe-Inspiring Female CEOs
It's International Women's Day and there's no better way to celebrate it than honoring women who have made a mark and difference in small or big ways. Instead of listing those who have already gone down in history, the six women in this list are and will definitely be making waves in the industry where they are at.
Susan Wojcicki, YouTube
Susan Wojcicki was responsible for transforming YouTube, which was once a small online video service, into a billion-dollar company. She has added and is doing more innovations to YouTube as well as actively engaging the YouTube community to find out what they need.
But if you think YouTube is the only feather in Wojcicki's cap, you're wrong. Before YouTube, she was one of Google's first employees, the 16th to be exact. She was responsible for some of the best innovations and campaigns of the company including Google Search and Google AdWords.
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy, Joyus and theBoarddlist
Singh Cassidy is another powerhouse with two startups under her name. Joyus is a lifestyle company and a shopping platform for women while theBoardlist connects companies and startups with women who will work as independent board members. These women are endorsed by their peers and CEOs in the tech industry. Through her companies, Cassidy is providing more platforms for women in the tech industry.
Ann Miura-Ko, Floodgate
Ann Miura-Ko is perhaps one of the most powerful women in Silicon Valley and in angel investing. Her venture capital firm, Floodgate, has invested in some of the most successful startups including Lyft and Refinery29. Aside from that, she is also a teaches entrepreneurship at Stanford.
Ramona Pierson, Declara
Pierson is a serial entrepreneur who has founded several startups. At present, she is the CEO of Declara, a bot-driven knowledge network that helps users find the content they need. Before that, she founded SynapticMash, an education software company which she sold for $10 million.
Aside from having a keen business sense, Pierson lives an inspiring life after a drunk driver left her for dead. She spent 18 months in a coma and underwent 50 surgeries to reconstruct most of her body.
Aarthi Ramamurthy, Lumoid
An engineer by profession, Ramamurthy is the CEO of Lumoid, a try-before-you-buy company for consumer electronics. The concept behind Lumoid is taking the hassle of returning goods from people who didn't like what they purchased.
Before establishing Lumoid, Ramamurthy worked at Microsoft, specifically with Xbox and Visual Studio.
Stacy Brown-Philpot, TaskRabbit
Stacy Brown-Philpot is considered as the first female African-American CEO in Silicon Valley providing inspiration as the push for more diversity in the tech industry continues. Her company, TaskRabbit, connects skilled professionals to homeowners who needs major or minor house repair.
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