NEW YORK: Four Indian-origin women have been listed by Forbes among America’s top 50 female technology moguls. The list includes the likes of IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Netflix executive Anne Aaron, all tech heavyweights. The Indian-origin women in the list include, Padmasree Warrior, former chief technology officer (CTO) of Cisco; Komal Mangtani, senior director at app-cab aggregator Uber; Neha Narkhede, chief technology officer and co-founder of streaming platform Confluent; and Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, CEO and founder of identity-management company Drawbrige.
In its 'America's Top 50 Women in Tech 2018', Forbes said, “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.” About Warrior, who has served in executive positions at both Motorola and Cisco, and is now the US CEO of Chinese electric-autonomous-vehicle startup, NIO, Forbes wrote, “ 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.” She is also on the boards of Microsoft and Spotify.
An alumnus of Dharmsinh Desai Institute of Technology in Gujarat, Mangtani currently serves on the board of non profit organisation Women Who Code and led Uber's $1.2 billion donation and partnership with Girls Who Code to increase access to computer science. Narkhede, who studied at Pune university, had as a software engineer at LinkedIn helped develop Apache Kafka. “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.