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The lack of visible female role models is pervasive in the tech industry, particularly on Wikipedia, where just under 17% of Wikipedia biographies were on women. That's why HubSpot wrote fourteen Wikipedia entries for remarkable women in tech to help inspire young women to reach positions at the highest levels of STEM.
UX Designer and Entrepreneur
Alexa began her career at a UX consulting firm called
Lextant, then moved to San Francisco and joined
Adaptive Path. In 2009, she launched a company called
"Foodspotting", which developed an app where users
could enter their city and a type of food to find
restaurants that served it. Foodspotting was acquired by
OpenTable in 2013, and Alexa joined them as a lead UX
★ Alexa created Foodspotting after she was
unable to find okonomiyaki (a Japanese
savory pancake) in San Francisco.
Diane is the EVP of Intel's Data Center Group, which is
Intel's fastest growing and most profitable division.
Before becoming EVP of the Data Center Group, she
worked there as a corporate VP and as the CIO. She also
holds four patents. She has served on the technical board
of the Anita Borg Institute, and is the executive sponsor
of Intel African American Employees.
★ Diane is the most senior female
executive at Intel.
Camille is the CTO of Rent the Runway. After graduating
from Carnegie Mellon University, she worked at
Microsoft for a year and a half before returning to school
to earn her MSCS from the University of
Wisconsin–Madison. She worked at Goldman Sachs for
over six years, where she started as an engineer and
ended as the VP of Technology. She left Goldman in 2011
to join Rent the Runway, becoming the CTO in 2014.
★ Camille enjoys working at Rent the
Runway because its small size lets her
influence its culture.
Angel Investor and Advisor
Jocelyn is an angel investor, adviser, and Stanford guest
lecturer. She began her career at a software company
called Trilogy, then joined VMware. She spent seven
years working there, and eventually became VMware's
VP of Engineering. She left VMware and joined
Facebook, where she was a Director of Engineering on
features including news feed and search.
★ Jocelyn has said that she values being a
woman in tech because she values the
informal networks and connections formed
by women in the field.
Sandra Liu Huang
Director of Product Management
Sandra is the Director of Product Management at Quora.
She began her career at Google as a product marketing
manager for Adwords, then moved to work on Google
Checkout. She moved to Facebook as a PM on the
Instant Personalization project. She joined Quora as their
first PM, and is now the director of that group.
★ While at Facebook, Sandra worked closely
with Mark Zuckerberg to create the
company's 2011 plan.
Product Designer and Mechanical Engineer
Caitlin is the head of Product Design Engineering at
Oculus VR. She left college to join a hardware company
called OQO, then joined Apple as a tech lead. She went
back to school while working half-time at Apple to earn
her bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering. She
later joined Facebook, where she worked on the
Facebook Bluetooth Beacon. When Facebook acquired
Oculus, she joined the team as Head of Product Design.
★ Caitlin is on the board of wogrammer and
on the advisory board of Lesbians Who
Jess participated in Google's APM (associate project
management) program, then joined Google to work on
their shopping engine before becoming the PM for
Google Maps. Jess joined Polyvore in 2008. She started
out writing code, but then began to handle social media,
hiring, and office expansion. She was promoted to CEO
in 2012. Jess joined Sequoia Capital as an investing
partner in 2016.
★ Jess joined Sequoia Capital as an investing
partner at age 33, becoming the firm's first
female partner and one of their youngest
Engineer and Entrepreneur
Paula is the CEO and Co-founder of DataGravity. She
attended college at Westfield State University, then went
to work at Allaire Corporation. After leaving Allaire, she
co-founded a storage provider company called
EqualLogic, which was later acquired by Dell. After
leaving Dell, she was the VP of Product Development at
★ Even though Paula sold her first company
to Dell for $1.4 billion, she advocates
aiming for an IPO instead of building a
company to sell.
VP of Engineering
Elissa is a VP of Engineering at Google. She began her
career in management at Symantec and Quarterdeck,
until joining Microsoft in 1997. She worked there for
thirteen years as an engineering manager, then joined
Yahoo! as the VP of Engineering in Hadoop and Cloud
Services in 2010. She became GoDaddy's CTO and EVP
of Platforms until leaving in 2016 to join Google as a VP
★ Elissa holds over forty patents in the fields
of distributed systems, machine learning,
Richelle is a marketer who serves on the Board of
Directors of LabCorp and the Scripps Network, as an
advisor for Girls Who Code, and as a member of the
Board of Trustees of Drexel University. She began her
career as a telemarketer at Citibank, then joined Digitas
where she was an SVP and a General Manager of their
Chicago office. She later joined Visa, where she oversaw
the company's global marketing services. She then
became the VP and CMO for eBay North America.
★ In 2014, Richelle was named by Forbes as
one of the 50 Most Influential CMOs in the
Entrepreneur and Product Manager
Mina began as a business analyst for Goldman Sachs,
then joined Google in their APM (associate project
management) program. She was one of the first product
managers at Modcloth, and the first product manager at
Uber. She's now an entrepreneur in residence at
Redpoint Ventures, and she mentors other companies.
★ She is one of the five inventors listed on
Uber's surge pricing verification patent.
President and CTO
Selina is a co-founder of Gixo and a board member of
Redfin. She worked at as VP of Engineering until the
company was acquired by Ticketmaster in 2001. She went
on to work as VP of Online Product and Technology at
Entertainment Publications (an IAC subsidiary) until
2003, and then transitioned to be a SVP of Product at
Ticketmaster's Europe division. She joined
SurveyMonkey in 2009 as VP of Product and
Engineering, and later became President and CTO.
★ Selina co-founded Evite while she was still
Lorraine is the Head of Marketing at Google. She began
her career at Burns Philp in 1992, then joined
Dreamticket.com as the Head of Marketing. She later
joined Opodo in the same role. She joined Google in
2003, leading their marketing efforts in Europe, the
Middle East, and Africa, before becoming their Head of
Global Marketing in 2009.
★ Lorraine was Google's first truly global
VP of Product
April is the Vice President of Product at Slack, which she
joined in 2015 as the Head of Platform. She is also a part
of #Angels, an investment group made up of women who
currently or formerly worked at Twitter. Prior to Slack,
she worked at Intel, Deloitte, Travelocity, Google, and
Twitter. She was a Senior Partner Technology Manager at
Google until 2010, when she joined Twitter as a product
manager. She worked her way up to Director of Product
at Twitter before leaving to join Slack.
★ When she worked at Twitter, she was the
product manager for features including the
"tweet" and "follow" buttons.
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