While the under representation of women in the tech field is still persistent, it is not a hindrance for women to aim for the sky anymore. Post the 90s’ IT boom in India, the tech landscape has witnessed dynamic changes, the greatest being the influx of women into the industry. In fact, according to a study, 75% of women in technology sector in India feel that gender diversity is a major priority for the industry.
However, here are a few women who established themselves as the leading ladies in the IT industry in their 20s.
An alumnus of Carnegie Mellon University, Manisha Raisinghani co-founded logistics-tech startup Loginext in 2014, at the age of 28. She is also the CTO of the Mumbai-based company, which is among the fastest growing Software as a service(SaaS) companies that caters to logistics and workforce optimisation in India.
She was named one of the Top 25 Tech Trailblazers by Forbes India, 2018. LogiNext was the winner of Frost & Sullivan Best Logistics Participant Of The Year 2016 and was also named as the 7th fastest growing company with 841% growth in revenue operating in India by Deloitte in 2018.
Neha Narkhede is the chief technology officer of big data startup Confluent which she co-founded in California in 2014, when she was 28. With a Master degree in Computer Science at Georgia Tech in the US, Neha has worked in LinkedIn’s streaming infrastructure for a few years.
Confluent offers a real-time data platform built around Apache Kafka(developed by Linkedin), which is an open-source software allowing companies to process data in real time. The company is valued at $2.5 billion, and counts Goldman Sachs, Netflix and Uber among its customers. Confluent has received the Morgan Stanley CTO Innovation Award at 19th TechWeek and CTO Innovation Summit in 2019.
In 2018, Bhavna Singh founded AuthMetrik, a tech-startup that helps companies increase revenue by stopping unauthorized sharing of subscription accounts. Bhavna is an engineering graduate from National Institute of Technology, Raipur (2014), and has worked with e-GMAT, an edtech company. During her three-year tenure with e-GMAT, she learnt of the problem of lost revenue due to sharing of passwords and courses. This eventually led to her developing a solution to it, AuthMetrik. Bhavna was a YC Startup School Advisor Track and recently, her deep tech startup based in Gurgaon won an equity free grant from YCombinator.
In 2014, Prukalpa Sankar co-founded data intelligence startup SocialCops, at the age of 21. She was then a final year student at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The Delhi-based company helps various social projects and organisations make decisions using data. SocialCops’ National Data Platform is used by members of the Indian parliament, including the Prime Minister, to track the performance of various welfare schemes.
In 2018, Prukalpa co-founded Atlan, which is home to 200 data teams across 50 countries. Prukalpa was awarded the Most Powerful Women Impact Award by Business Today in 2018 and was among ‘30 under 30’ leaders chosen by Forbes magazine in India in 2015.
After graduating in Computer System Engineering from the University of Manchester in 2014, Tanvi Bhardwaj co-founded Mishipay in 2015. The Bengaluru-based startup enables retailers to use mobile checkout for an easy customer experience.
Tanvi’s passion for technology had made her experiment earlier too. In her third year of college, Tanvi built a hand-gesture controlled robot car with 9 different degrees of 2D motion and various other controls on speed and torque. She was named in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe list for Retail and E-Commerce in 2019.
Suhani Mohan was merely 25 when she established Saral Designs in Mumbai in 2015. The mechanical engineering startup addresses the lack of access to sanitary pads and deals with menstrual hygiene solutions in India. Saral Designs is the first company in India to make automatic pad-making machines.
The IIT Mumbai alumnus was recognized as one of the top 25 trailblazing women in business by Forbes India in 2018.
Mumbai-based Nyha co-founded Jumper.ai in 2017, making it the first automated platform that enables brands to sell direct-to-consumers on social media and messaging platforms. This AI enabled software converts various social media posts into a shoppable post that allows customers’ to comment with their questions regarding price and order procedures, following which Jumper helps the customer all the way till the end of the sales. Nyha was recognized by Forbes magazine in their 2018 for 30Under30 Asia list.
Akanksha Hazari built her first successful company when she was just 21, post her graduation from Princeton University in the US. In 2014, she launched m.Paani, India’s first mass-market loyalty programme that converts everyday expenses into points which can be exchanged for benefits like paying bills and recharging phone. Akanksha has been an Ashoka Fellow since 2014 and was honored by former President Bill Clinton with $1,000,000 for the development of m.Paani. She was also awarded the Global Leadership and Economic Empowerment Award by Hillary Clinton in 2017.