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Disruptors: Women in Tech to Follow Right Now

Last month, we profiled a few of SweetIQ’s female leaders who are changing the tech space for the better. We’re firm believers that this is a conversation that needs to continue to really make change happen. To keep the spirit alive, we’re shining the light on a few women in our space that inspire us to be relentless disruptors.

Amy Hood, CFO of Microsoft

When you look at the numbers Amy Hood is able to produce, you’ll quickly understand why she is one of the most respected CFOs in the industry. According to Forbes, Hood catapulted Microsoft’s revenue to $93.6 billion in 2015 alone, a $6.7 billion (yes, billion!) increase from the previous year. Speaking at the KPMG women’s leadership conference, Hood recommends women in tech take risks to build confidence, and describes the power of a positive attitude: “You have to start everyday feeling like that it is the day you’re going to continue to make progress. Some days I don’t. But I wake up the next day deeply believing in my drive in that I will make a difference that day. It is super empowering, frankly, to have that world view. It doesn’t come overnight, but nothing really good does.”

Jen Fitzpatrick, VP Engineering at Google Maps

Okay, okay — we may be biased by love of Google Maps — but Jen Fitzpatrick’s thoughts on how Google Maps has the potential to lay the foundation for an AI-driven world is relevant to anyone who conducts a “near me” search throughout their day. Fitzpatrick has ridden the wild wave to success at Google for most of her professional career, joining as an intern in 1999 and working her way up to VP at Google Maps by way of AdWords and Google News. She has been a key force in ensuring that Google remains the top go-to source for mapping, especially as Tesla and Uber ramp up their own efforts in the automotive industry.

April Underwood, VP of Product at Slack 

While Slack is quickly becoming an unstoppable force in the professional communications world, Underwood’s “side job” as the founder of #Angels has garnered significant attention lately as well. Underwood formed the #Angels group to encourage women to invest in tech startups in Silicon Valley, which she founded with a former colleague while working for Twitter. In a feature on Underwood in CNBC, she notes that having all-female leadership teams is but one priority for companies she invests in, she prefers to look at the team’s diversity on a bigger scale.

Whitney Wolfe, Founder and CEO of Bumble

After a tumultuous departure at Tinder and the filing of a sexual harassment lawsuit, Wolfe founded the dating app that puts women in the driver’s seat. Bumble’s success in its first year is incredibly impressive, especially considering the competition within the dating app space: the app had 3 million users just after 14 months. Furthermore, Wolfe has taken the idea of the dating app and expanded it for deeper meaning, allowing users to find friendships as well. Speaking on how she has developed her persona as a champion for women to take the lead, Wolfe told the Telegraph, “People would ask me if I was a feminist and I didn’t know how to respond. The word seemed to put guys off, but now I realize, who cares?”

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