Four Indian-origin Women in Forbes List of Top Female U.S. Technology Moguls

Padmasree Warrior, Komal Mangtani, Neha Narkhede, and Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan are in the list.


Four Indian-origin women have been named by Forbes magazine among America’s top 50 female technology moguls.

The Indian-origin women that have made it to the list include Padmasree Warrior, former Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of Cisco, Komal Mangtani, Senior Director at Uber, Neha Narkhede, Chief Technology Officer and Co-founder of streaming platform Confluent, and Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, CEO and founder of identity-management company Drawbridge. The list also includes IBM CEO Ginni Rometty and Netflix executive Anne Aaron, PTI reported.

“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,” Forbes said in its ‘America’s Top 50 Women in Tech 2018.”

58-year-old Warrior had worked in senior positions at both Motorola and Cisco. She is now the U.S. CEO of the Chinese electric-autonomous-vehicle startup NIO, PTI reported.

Forbes said that “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.”

Komal Mangtani, an alumnus of Dharmsinh Desai Institute of Technology in Gujarat, heads business intelligence at Uber. Currently, she serves on the board of nonprofit organization Women Who Code and led Uber’s $1.2-billion donation and partnership with ‘Girls Who Code’ to increase access to computer science, PTI reported.

Pune University alumnus Neha Narkhede, 32, had developed Apache Kafka as a software engineer at LinkedIn. Kafka can process the huge influx of data coming from the site in real time. The data-processing software has become the heart of Confluent, an enterprise Narkhede founded with her LinkedIn co-workers to build tools for companies using Apache Kafka, Forbes said, as per PTI report.

Kamakshi Sivaramakrishnan, 43, is the founder of Drawbridge, which uses large-scale artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify the different devices people, PTI reported.

“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 said about Drawbridge and Sivaramakrishnan.

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