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Most influential women tech entrepreneurs in US

Last updated on: April 29, 2010 12:25 IST

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They are intelligent, tech savvy and an inspiration to millions. These women at the helm of ventures they started on their own give a reason to celebrate and be inspired, says FastCompany. The magazine lists 8 American women entrepreneurs who scripted success stories in the technology domain.

Jen Bekman

Passionate about art and the Internet, Jen Bekman created an online gallery where any art lover could be an art collector. The site has at least two new editions a week: one photo and one work on paper. Most are available in three or four sizes.

When they first launched, the smallest size was reprinted in the largest batch - an edition of 200 - and sold at the lowest price -- $20. Hence, the name of the site is 20x200 (twenty by two-hundred). Every single print is delivered with a numbered certificate of authenticity that is signed by the artist, the artist's bio and statement, and instructions for caring for the print.

Jen has sold over 65,000 prints since 65,000 prints. Jen Bekman Projects comprises three businesses: 20x200 offers limited-edition prints at affordable prices. She conducts an international photography competition, which discovers, recognizes and promotes photographers at all stages of their careers. Jen Bekman Gallery exhibits photography, works on paper, paintings, and mixed media.

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Clara Shih

An author, blogger, and entrepreneur, Clara Shih pioneered the use of social networks for business in 2007 with her Faceconnector application.

Clara is the founder and CEO of Hearsay Labs, a social media marketing and sales software startup based in Silicon Valley.

The company helps businesses manage and measure their online presence across Facebook, Twitter, and other social media. Clara was earlier product line director of the AppExchange at salesforce.com and worked in corporate strategy at Google.

Clara's new bestselling book, The Facebook Era: Tapping Online Social Networks to Build Better Products, Reach New Audiences, and Sell More Stuff has been featured in The New York Times, FastCompany, CRM Magazine, Selling Power Magazine, and is being used as a marketing textbook at Harvard Business School.

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Tina Sharkey

A media professional for over 20 years, Tina Sharkey joined BabyCenter in January. As the president and CEO, she looks after the BabyCenter's global businesses.

Prior to joining BabyCenter, Sharkey was a senior executive at America Online. She also co-founded iVillage and served as its chief community architect.

BabyCenter, is a global interactive parenting network, has nurtured more than 100 million parents since its launch in 1997.

The idea behind the website is to support parents through their journey of parenthood with expert advice. In the United States, BabyCenter reaches over 78 percent of new and expectant moms online and has received numerous prestigious awards.

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Claire Boonstra

Claire Boonstra is co-founder of Layar Augmented Reality browser, responsible for the content and the ecosystem of over 3000 Layar content developers.

She has a vast experience in mobile and media domain. Claire Boonstra is one of three founders of Layar, the Reality Browser.

Augmented reality (AR) applications have only just started to appear on Android and iPhone devices. She is also the managing director of SPRXmobile, the company that founded Layar.

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Danae Ringelmann

Danae Ringelmann, co-founded IndieGoGo to democratise fundraising. IndieGoGo is a collaborative way to fund ideas.

Founded on the principles of opportunity, transparency, choice, and action, IndieGoGo launched in 2008 to provide any idea (creative, cause or entrepreneurial) the tools and process to raise money, offer perks and keep 100 per cent ownership.

IndieGoGo extends its services across 100 countries with over 3,500 projects. Prior to IndieGoGo, Danae was a Securities Analyst at Cowen & Co.

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Sam Reich-Dagnen

Sam Reich-Dagnen is co-founder of Braincandy, a Seattle based children's media company. Their mission is to create educationally inventive, enriching, entertaining products that help young children learn about themselves and the world around them.

The company aims to create products that continue to provide opportunities for them to grow through experience and active play. The content is positive, with encouraging examples and images of young children. Braincandy is 'smart food for hungry little minds.'

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Tan Le

Tan Le is a technology entrepreneur. Before she joined Emotiv, Tan co-founded SASme, a pioneer in providing SMPP platforms to telecommunication carriers and content aggregators, and one of the companies responsible for the creation of Australia's SMS application market.

Tan helped grow SASme from its humble beginnings to a thriving company with multiple markets worldwide. Tan has also worked with one of Australia's leading law firms, Freehills.

In 1998, Tan was named Young Australian of the Year and voted one of Australia's 30 Most Successful Women Under 30.

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Caterina Fake

Co-founder of Flickr along with her husband Stewart Butterfield in 2004, Flickr, one of the web's most popular photo-sharing sites, and was acquired by Yahoo for $35 million.

Caterina Flake is now the co-founder of Hunch, a collective intelligence decision-making system that uses decision trees to make decisions based on users' interests. It was launched in June 2009.


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