Forbes has released its America’s top 50 female technology moguls list. As many as four Indian-origin women — Padmasree Warrior, Komal Mangtani, Neha Narkhede and Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan — are in the list alongside tech heavyweights IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Netflix executive, Anne Aaron.
Padmasree Warrior is the former chief technology officer (CTO) of Cisco, Komal Mangtani is senior director at app-based cab aggregator Uber, Neha Narkhede is chief technology officer and co-founder of streaming platform Confluent while Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan is the CEO and founder of identity-management company Drawbridge.
“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,” Forbes stated in its ‘America’s Top 50 Women in Tech 2018’
“Warrior still finds the time to mentor other women in the tech industry, stay in touch with her 1.6 million Twitter followers and follow a nightly meditation routine,” the business magazine said.
From serving at both Motorola and Cisco to now being the US CEO of the Chinese electric-autonomous-vehicle startup NIO, Warrior (58) has secured a spot on the list. Warrior is also on the boards of Microsoft and Spotify. Mangtani, on the other hand, heads business intelligence at Uber. She also serves on the board of Uber’s nonprofit organisation Women Who Code. Narkhede co-founded the data-processing software that has become the heart of Confluent, and has Goldman Sachs, Netflix and Uber as customers. Forty-three-year-old Sivaramakrishnan’s company, Drawbridge, balances artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify the different devices people.
“As the number of devices people use on a daily basis — computers, laptops and smartphones — increase, advertisers need a way to show ads to a person across all their devices. Facebook and Google already offer these services to advertisers, but now they have a competitor with Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan’s Drawbridge,” Forbes added.