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Four Indian-origin women among Forbes' top American women in technology

Shiladitya Ray


Four Indian-origin women among Forbes

30 Nov 2018: Four Indian-origin women among Forbes' top American women in technology

Four Indian-origin women - Padmasree Warrior, Komal Mangtani, Neha Narkhede, and Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan - have been named by Forbes magazine in the 2018 list of the 'Top Women in Technology' in the US.

The intentionally un-ranked list also includes heavyweights like IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Netflix executive Anne Aaron.

Here's all about these remarkable Indian-origin women.

Fact: The list spans three generations of 'forward-thinking technologists'

"Women don't wait for the future. The 2018 Inaugural Top 50 Women In Technology list identifies three generations of forward-thinking technologists leading more than a dozen tech sectors across the globe," said Forbes, while announcing the list.

Warrior: Padmasree Warrior was instrumental in Cisco's growth

A Cornell-trained engineer, Padmasree Warrior served in an executive position in Motorola and was the former chief technology officer (CTO) of Cisco.

The 58-year-old played a major role in helping Cisco grow in influence, and in her seven years at the tech giant, she oversaw 16 acquisitions.

Warrior is currently the CEO of Chinese autonomous vehicle start-up NIO, and sits in the boards of Microsoft and Spotify.

Mangtani: Komal Mangtani is the head of business intelligence at Uber

43-year-old Komal Mangtani, an alumnus of Dharmsinh Desai Institute of Technology in Gujarat, is currently the head of business intelligence at Uber.

Additionally, she also sits on the board of nonprofit organization Women Who Code, and was instrumental in facilitating Uber's $1.2bn donation and partnership with Girls Who Code to increase women's access to computer science.

Earlier, she had served in senior positions at Box and VMWare.

Narkhede: Neha Narkhede has her own company which services mega clients

An alumnus of Pune University, 32-year-old Neha Narkhede worked as a software engineer at LinkedIn and helped develop a platform called Apache Kafka that can process massive amounts of data in real-time.

In 2011, the platform became open sourced, and is at the heart of Confluent, a company founded by Kafka.

Confluent's clients include giants like Goldman Sachs, Netflix, and Uber.

Sivaramakrishnan: Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, too, is a successful entrepreneur

43-year-old Stanford engineer Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan is an entrepreneur too, and founded a company called Drawbridge in 2010.

Leveraging large-scale AI and machine learning, Drawbridge collects and processes data on the different daily-use devices like computers, smartphones, and laptops used by people, and offers advertisers a way to advertise across all devices a person uses.

Drawbridge competes with the likes of Facebook and Google in offering this service.