Elle released their list of women making the biggest waves in tech this year. The list includes women from a variety of industries, entrepreneurs and investors, do-gooders and innovators. Get to know these innovative women, because you'll certainly be hearing more about them in the months and years to come.
1. Marcela Sapone, Co-founder and CEO, Hello Alfred
Hello Afred was the first all-female team to win TechCrunch Disrupt's startup competition. Marcela Sapone launched the personal butler service in 2014. Through Hello Alfred, you can hire someone through Hello Alfred to run everyday errands for you like shop for groceries, pick up dry cleaning and send packages. Elle reports that Hello Alfred accepts only six percent of butler applicants who apply.
2. Whitney Wolfe, Founder and CEO, Bumble
After Whitney Wolfe left Tinder and filed a sexual harassment suit, she launched a new dating app that took a different approach. Bumble allows women to make the first move. Within the first 14 months, the app had 3 million users. You can use Bumble to find both relationships and friendships. In fact, Wolfe has said the relationship-finding feature is bringing in more engagement than the matchmaking aspect of the app.
3. Anjula Acharia-Bath, Partner, Trinity Ventures
Anjula Acharia-Bath is a venture capitalist who is seriously committed to helping women entrepreneurs advance their ventures. "Whenever I meet talented women, I just want to help them achieve their goals," she told Elle. "It's my calling." Just one example: Acharia-Bath was an early mentor and investor in ClassPass. She's also invested in female-founded companies Gobble and Hooked.
4. Jen Fitzpatrick, VP, Google Maps
Jen Fitzpatrick landed an internship at still-new startup Google just after finishing her master's. She started writing code and 17 years later, she leads a product that 1 billion people across the world use. She's now a Engineering VP overseeing Google Maps. Her focus is making Google Maps easier to use, even as its users are submitting more complex queries. Thanks to Fitzpatrick, one of the team's top priority as of late is offline functionality.
5. Tracy Young, Co-founder and CEO, PlanGrid
Tracy Young knows from her experience as a construction engineer how much money goes into printing costly blueprints each year: $4 billion. So she came up with a concept that would save on astronomical printing costs and avoid confusing by granting access to the up-to-date blueprints. PlanGrid is construction management software that more than 46,000 contractors, owners, and architects rely on.
6. Leila Janah, Founder and CEO, Sama Group
Leila Janah is a serial social good entrepreneur committed to help those who live in impoverished and underserved communities around the world. First there was Samasource, which provides online training and jobs for people who live in poverty so they can earn a living wage. She then founded Samahope, a crowdfunding site to raise money for medical treatments for communities in sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and Latin America. The company was acquired by Johnson and Johnson. Janah's recent venture is Laxmi, a luxury, natural, organic skin care line. Harvests for its main ingredient enable local producers to earn at least 3x local average wages.
7. Del Harvey, Head of Trust & Safety, Twitter
Del Harvey is the woman leading the team who catches bad guys on Twitter. They tackle spam, harassment, trolls, user safety and even terrorism. It's up to Harvey to determine the sometimes fine line between online abuse and harmless personal expression.
8. April Underwood, VP of Product at Slack
Before joining Slack, April Underwood worked on product teams at Google, Travelocity and Twitter. She's now in charge of deciding what features to build next for one of Silicon Valley's most massively successful startups, Slack. Named the company of the year by Inc Magazine, Slack is a chat program that enables organizations and groups to stay connected without email.
Check out the full list and the women's stories on elle.com.