1. Ruzwana Bashir, 32, co-founder and CEO of Peek.com
Originally from England, Bashir is of Pakistani descent and on Forbes 30 Under 30 in Technology list. After graduating from Oxford and Harvard Business School, she started her career in investment banking at Goldman Sachs and private equity at Blackstone Group. In 2012, she founded Peek, which functions like Open Table but for vacation activities. It has received funding from Jack Dorsey and other tech big wigs. Bashir also has used her success as a way to speak out against sexual abuse, which she is a survivor of.
2. Julia Hartz, 36, co-founder and president of Eventbrite
Eventbrite, a company which sells “live experiences,” has generated $3 billion in ticket sales, and has sold more than 200 million tickets. Hartz, a Pepperdine graduate, built the 500 employee company from the ground up after leaving the television industry where she was an executive. Eventbrite, which has secured $200 million in funding, now employs over 500 people.
3. Marissa Mayer, 40, President and CEO of Yahoo
The current President and CEO of Yahoo started out as a pre-med student at Stanford, but before she graduated she would switch to symbolic systems and specialize in artificial intelligence. Mayer received 14 job offers when she graduated from Stanford, and took a job at Google as the company’s first female engineer and their 20th employee. She remained there until she moved to Yahoo in 2012, where she has overseen the $1.1 billion acquisition of Tumblr, and Polyvore.
4. Angela Ahrendts, 55, senior vice president, retail and online stores at Apple
The Indiana native left her position as CEO of Burberry in 2014, where she tripled the luxury fashion company’s revenue during her tenure, according to Forbes. Ahrendts was hired by Apple, where she remains the company’s sole female senior executive. During her time at the tech titan, she has earned more than any other executive including Tim Cook — $70 million in 2014 alone. Among many other honors, she has been named to Fortune’s ’50 Most Powerful Women in Business’ six times.
5. Susan Wojcicki, 47, CEO of YouTube
Harvard grad Susan Wojcicki was Google’s first marketing manager in the 90s, before handling two of their largest acquisitions — YouTube and DoubleClick. She has been called ‘The Most Important Googler You’ve Never Heard of” and is regularly featured on Fortune and Forbe’s “Most Powerful Women” lists.
6. Jess Lee, 31, CEO and CoFounder of Polyvore
The Hong Kong native was working at Yahoo when she became interested in Polyvore. She wrote a lengthy letter to the company about how they should improve their site, and received a job offer in return. Lee is now considered to be an honorary cofounder, and played a large role in Yahoo’s acquisition of the style community.
7. Debbie Sterling, 32, Founder and CEO of Goldieblox
Sterling didn’t know what an engineer was until her senior year in high school. The Founder and CEO of Goldieblox blames the fact that there are few building toys for girls to play with. Thus, she created Goldieblox after graduating from Stanford with an engineering degree. Goldieblox is meant to equip girls with spacial reasoning skills and knowledge of mechanics so when they encounter math and science at school, they can keep up with the boys.
8. Isabelle Olsson, 31 Lead Designer at Google
Olsson, who hails from Sweden, joined the Google glass team after being recruited from LinkedIn. Before she got her hands on the prototype, there were still cables hanging off of it. In 2014, Google Glass rolled out a line of frames with Diane von Furstenberg, squashing the idea that Google Glass was nerdy or unfashionable.