Brit Morin, Founder and CEO, Brit + Co
Brit + Co is the ultimate DIY and lifestyle website that provides tutorials for anything from crafts to recipes to tech, and we have Brit Morin to thank for it. She founded this still-growing media company in 2011, which today has reached more than 125 million users and is among the largest digital media companies for women. Morin is also the author of Homemakers: A Domestic Handbook for the Digital Generation, which has helped people all over to channel their inner Martha Stewart.
Rose Broome, Co-founder, HandUp
Rose Broome strives to help others and make the world a better place with HandUp, her direct-donation system meant to benefit the homeless and others in need. HandUp users may choose to donate to a specific person or organization using the website or text messaging. Your entire donation helps provide food, shelter, medical care and other basic needs. Philanthropy, humanitarianism, compassion and giving back have never been so easy, thanks to Broome and her business that melds charity with the digital age. In 2015, HandUp won the Webby Award for Best Charity People’s Voice, and Broome was also added to the Top 100 People in Tech by Business Insider. Inspiring.
Adriana Gascoigne, Founder and CEO of Girls in Tech
There are more than 15,000 start-ups in San Francisco, but female founders only make up about a quarter of that. Adriana Gascoigne founded Girls in Tech to create a support network to help women advance in careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Founded in 2007, Gascoigne designed Girls in Tech with a unique approach to encourage women entrepreneurs in the tech industry, including pitch competitions with potential investors, boot camps, and hack-a-thons, to name a few. Today, the Girls in Tech female-only pitch competition is the largest in the world.
Grace Garey, Co-founder, Watsi
Grace Garey co-founded this crowdfunding platform that connects patients who can’t afford medical care with the donors who can help. Your entire donation goes directly to the patients in need, as the company is funded by other sources. Garey has changed charitable contributions for health care, and, in the process, has changed people’s lives all over the world.
Jessica E. Lessin, Founder and Editor-in-Chief, The Information
Journalist Jessica E. Lessin founded The Information to deliver important tech news, as she found that today’s digital news is more focused on the quantity than the quality. Posting just a couple articles a day, The Information relates the news as it should be and offers thought-provoking, deep and sophisticated coverage. It does require a subscription, but since its 2013 launch, the number of subscribers has grown astronomically. Lessin’s action and risk-taking in journalism and technology has moved the industry and influenced countless people, especially women.