We all know that there is a lack of women in technology. But of those who pursue the field and persevere, there are a number of young women achieving incredible levels of success.

Over the last couple of weeks, Business Insider accepted nominations for the most important women under 30 in tech. They combined those nominations with their own research to come up with this definitive list.

These women hold a variety of roles in the industry: founder, CEO, engineer, venture capitalist — you name it. We’re highlighting a few here.


30. Ruzwana Bashir

Ruzwana Bashir

Co-founder, Peek

Age: 29

About: Ruzwana Bashir is a rising star in the startup industry. Her startup Peek attracted investments from two top-notch tech execs: Jack Dorsey of Twitter and Square, and Google chairman Eric Schmidt.

Bashir started her career at Goldman Sachs, and then went over to Blackstone. She got her first taste of the startup world when she joined Gilt Groupe, working under Kevin Ryan. She later went to Artsy where she was a member of the founding team.


29. Samantha John

Samantha John

Co-founder, Hopscotch

Age: 26

About: Samantha John founded Hopscotch in 2011. The startup recently launched its flagship app, where kids program their own games and animations. Before Hopscotch, John worked as a developer at Pivotal Labs.

What people are saying about her: Samantha John is “a generally badass programmer and advocate for people of all ages learning to program.”


28. Callie Schweitzer

Callie Schweitzer

Director of Marketing and Communications, Vox Media

Age: 24

About: Callie Schweitzer oversees corporate brand management and awareness, and audience growth for SB Nation, The Verge, and Polygon. Prior to joining Vox Media, Schweitzer worked as deputy publisher at Talking Points Memo. While at Talking Points Memo, Schweitzer played a key role in the company’s efforts to increase traffic through distribution deals with Google and Yahoo. Last month, Time magazine named her Twitter feed one of the world’s best last month.

What people are saying about her: “I don’t think I’m overstating things when I say Callie will likely be running the media world by the time she is thirty (or whatever the ‘media world’ looks like by that point). She is literally the future of media.”

Read the complete story and see the full list at Business Insider

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