15 Women to Watch in Tech

Clara Shih
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Clara Shih

At 30, Clara Shih already has a long list of big successes under her belt, including developing the first business application on Facebook, writing a New York Times best-seller (The Facebook Era) and making her two-year-old start-up, Hearsay Social, cash-flow positive in its first year of operation. She likes to say that social media is a new business paradigm, possibly "bigger than the Internet was a decade ago." And she’s aiming to put her company in the best possible position to take advantage of it—Hearsay Social is dashboard that helps companies manage their Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and Google+ accounts. Oh, and her part-time gig isn’t too shabby either: Starbucks recently selected her to replace Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg on its board of directors.