7 Tech Companies You Didn’t Know were Founded by Women

We live in a time where women can confidently put themselves forward to achieving their dreams and make a mark in whatever industry they choose to dive into. The tech world is no stranger to such talents. Women are never ones to stay in the shadows. No matter the struggle in the tech space, women will shine because that’s what they do; that’s who they are. Women are wise decision-makers which makes them great leaders. 

Here are seven companies that proved women have the grit to dream and succeed in the tech industry.

Launched in 2013, Canva is an Australian online graphic design platform and publishing tool co-founded by its current CEO Melanie Perkins, Clifford Obrecht, and Cameron Adams. 

Its mission is to empower everyone to create and publish social media graphics, presentations, posters, documents, and other visual content. The app includes templates for users to use. 

Dibs Technology, Inc.: Alicia Thomas

Founded in June 2015 by CEO Alicia Thomas, Dibs Technology, Inc. applies dynamic pricing technology adjusting current prices based on demand, resulting in maximized revenue and customer lifetime for the health, wellness & beauty industries. Dibs is accessible via the web and their app.

Dibs has become a platform (web and app) that makes it easy for the fitness industry. Dibs Technology platform, powered by a proprietary algorithm, gives data-driven pricing for the fitness and wellness industry according to real-time demand: prices scale up or down based on the current market and booking patterns.

Grab Holdings, Inc: Tan Hooi Ling

Grab Holdings Inc., commonly known as Grab, is a Southeast Asian technology company headquartered in Singapore and Indonesia. Grab was co-founded by its CEO, Tan Hooi Ling, a Malaysian internet entrepreneur. Grab began as a ride-hailing company and eventually ventured into food delivery and digital payments services via a mobile app. Grab has a strong focus on the local market and adapted to the different cultures and languages in each country they expanded into

Y Combinator: Jessica Livingston

Y Combinator is an American technology startup accelerator co-founded by Jessica Livingston with Trevor Blackwell, Paul Graham, and Robert Morris launched in March 2005. Y Combinator incubated the development,  funding, and launch of early-stage technology startups like Airbnb, Dropbox, Instacart, Reddit, Coinbase, DoorDash, Twitch, and many others.

Livingston also organized a Startup School and partnered with Lamba School to launch the Summer Hackers Program to help more women in the US learn how to program and ultimately increase the number of women startup founders. She’s also one of the key financial backers of a research organization called OpenAI which focuses on the application of general artificial intelligence.

Mighty Networks: Gina Bianchini

Mighty Networks was founded in 2017 by CEO Gina Bianchini with Tim Herby and Thomas Aaron with their goal to motivate the community to innovate and offer a different kind of online business that more people could partake in and be proud of. 

Mighty Networks created a white label community social network platform where users can have their own private, branded online community space that they build using prebuilt features and tools their software provider has created. This means brands can customize their websites, online courses, or sub-groups. 

CEEK VR: Mary Spio

CEO Mary Spio launched CEEK VR in 2015, an award-winning developer of premium social virtual and augmented reality experiences. CEEK VR delivers diverse 360 VR video content powered by 4D virtual reality audio and AI visual technologies, creating “direct-to-fan” experiences.

23andMe: Anne Wojcicki

23andMe offers DNA testing that provides the most comprehensive ancestry breakdown and personalized health insights. Anne E. Wojcicki founded the company in 2006 with Linda Avey and Paul Cusenza to offer the general public access to their genetic and health information.

Like these remarkable women, you can make a difference too. Continue to dream. Hone your skills. There’s always room for you in the tech space to leave your own mark on.

As Sheryl Sandberg has said, “The  time is long overdue to encourage more women to dream the possible dream.”

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