Spotlight on ELLE Magazine’s 2015 Women in Tech

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Every year, ELLE Magazine honors the accomplishments of women in technology. This year’s edition featured the following inspirational women:


  • Julia Hartz, Cofounder, Eventbrite, a former TV executive who founded the online ticketing company which is currently worth $1 billion. She says her secret is “really understanding what motivates people,” which is translated into a corporate model that offers “unlimited vacation days” and “total financial transparency.”
  • Elizabeth Iorns, Cofounder and CEO, Science Exchange, a breast-cancer researcher ,who developed an online marketplace for scientific research, which has since been used by NASA.
  • Jane Park, CEO and Founder, Julep, a Princeton and Yale graduate who developed a virtual crowdsourcing and social media space for deciding which products to take to market. She now has support from investors such as Will Smith and Jay Z.
  • Tracy Chou, Software Engineer, Pinterest, an engineer who created GitHub, which allows companies to submit statistics on the number of women engineers they employ. She was recently featured on the cover of
  • Mary Grove, Director, Google for Entrepreneurs, is the bridge between startups and Google. She also developed Silicon North Stars with her husband, which connects ninth graders in Minnesota with mentoring engineers and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley.
  • Sara Haider, Software Engineer, Periscope, has been coding since she was a kid and now translates livestreams for Periscope. She is also an advisor at Girls Who Code.
  • Aileen Lee, Founder, Cowboy Ventures, was a partner for 13 years at Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers before starting her own venture capital company.
  • Selina Tobaccowala, President and CTO, Survey Monkey is a seasoned entrepreneur, having founded Evite after college and worked at Survey Monkey from its early days. As a mother of two, work life balance is of the utmost importance to her, and she makes sure to take the 5:45 P.M. train home daily to be with her family.
  • Grace Garey, Cofounder, Watsi, who founded a direct crowdfunding site for healthcare in the developing world.
  • Michelle Zatlyn, Cofounder, CloudFlare, which is an internet performance and security firm.

Visit ELLE’s Women in Tech page to find out more about these inspirational women including how to connect with them via social media.

See also the Girls in ICT Portal to read interviews with other female technology role models.

Source: Ann Friedman, ELLE Magazine