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Since founding Eventbrite in 2006 (now the world’s largest platform for ticketing and event management), former MTV executive Julia Hartz has generated more than $3 billion in sales around the globe. Sure, you can buy tickets to see Beyoncé, but Eventbrite’s secret sauce is that it offers hard-to-come-by access to start-up parties and tech conferences. It also doesn’t hurt that Hartz gives her employees free food and fitness stipends, and hosts weekly get-togethers where they can ask her anything.
Follow on Twitter: @juliahartz
Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki founded 23andMe to help target, and prevent, diseases by looking at your DNA through saliva testing and isolating diseases you may be prone to. (They’ll also tell you if you have famous ancestors, so there may be actual proof that Joan of Arc is your spirit animal.) Recently, the company launched a $10 million research program for customers battling Parkinson’s and have already discovered eight new mutant genes linked to the disease.
Did you know that Congress introduced almost 7,000 new bills in 2013 alone? Yeah, neither did we. Rachna Choundhry and Marci Harris cofounded Popvox to bring little-known congressional decisions to a bigger news platform. The idea is that just because you didn’t read about it doesn’t mean it won’t affect you. Popvox’s nonpartisan platform provides a 360-degree view of every bill and has a genius tool for aggregating letters from constituents. Want to write an appeal? Just click.
With women climbing the ranks of power in Silicon Valley at a much slower pace than men, it’s pretty impressive that half of Lyft’s top executives are women (your move, Uber). CMO Kira Wampler helps recruit drivers with bigger bonuses and more perks. VP of product Tali Rapaport strategizes how to keep commutes quick and affordable. But it's not all about the ladies: Lyft general counsel Kristin Sverchek laid the groundwork for three weeks’ paid paternity leave for new dads.
Follow on Twitter: @kirasw
Through the investment company Cowboy Ventures (which she cofounded), Aileen Lee has helped turn small start-ups like One Kings Lane, Rent the Runway and Dollar Shave Club into major businesses. Read her genius insight on how to start your own business here (she knows a thing or two).
Follow on Twitter: @aileenlee
Recently, Newsweek broke the Internet when it published a cover story about the serious gender-diversity problem in Silicon Valley.
The article pointed out that women-run start-ups are still getting funded at drastically lower rates than their men-run counterparts, far too few of us are in venture-capital partnerships, and Silicon Valley still suffers from a “bro complex.” Not good.
But it’s not all doom and gloom. In fact, a host of ladies are making a major mark on the tech landscape. Here are just a few of our favorite enterprising females who are breaking the Google Glass ceiling.
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