14 Techies We Love and Admire!

Whether it be creating a mobile-first platform that makes computer programming fun and accessible to children or creating a platform that makes financial planning affordable and accessible, below are the 14 techies we love and admire this Valentine’s Day!

1-4. Adam Pritzker, Matthew O. Brimer, Brad Hargreaves and Jake Schwartz, Co-founders of General Assembly
If you’re considering a traditional master’s degree related to tech, you might want to check out General Assembly first. The organization, founded in New York in 2011, has campuses around the world where entrepreneurs and other professionals teach practical courses on topics from programming to business management. GA also teaches tech seminars to Fortune 500 executives who sometimes look at the pool of GA alums for new hires. (http://www.forbes.com/sites/ilyapozin/2014/09/13/20-entrepreneurs-shaking-up-new-yorks-tech-scene/#7013b94b2260)

5. Alexa Van Tobel, Founder and CEO of LearnVest
Alexa Van Tobel launched LearnVest in 2009 with the mission of making financial planning affordable and accessible. Since launching LearnVest, Alexa has been widely regarded as a personal finance expert and entrepreneur in top tier business and consumer outlets. She is a columnist for Cosmopolitan and Inc. Magazine and hosts a weekly radio show on SiriusXM, “Financially Fearless with Alexa von Tobel.” Alexa serves as an inaugural member of the Presidential Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship (PAGE), and she was selected as a 2011 Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, named to the Ernst & Young Entrepreneurial Winning Women Class of 2011, honored as a 2012 Fortune Most Powerful Women Entrepreneur, and named a Scholar at the 2012 Aspen Ideas Festival. (http://www.builtinnyc.com/2016/03/23/female-founders-nyc)

6. Alexis Ohanian, Co-founder of Reddit
He’s been called both the “Mayor” and the “Hero” of the internet. That’s what you get for co-founding one of the web’s most popular sites, Reddit, and leading the charge against internet regulation. These days he’s based in Brooklyn and focused on advising tech startups and running side projects like his zany Breadpig “uncorporation.” (http://www.forbes.com/sites/ilyapozin/2014/09/13/20-entrepreneurs-shaking-up-new-yorks-tech-scene/#7013b94b2260)

7-8. Jocelyn Leavitt and Samantha John, Cofounders of Hopscotch
Jocelyn Leavitt and Samantha John are the cofounders of Hopscotch, a mobile-first platform that makes computer programming fun and accessible to children. Prior to founding Hopscotch, Leavitt worked as an educator and business owner, and now wants to empower students through experiential learning. Samantha John taught herself programming after graduating from Columbia with a degree in applied mathematics. She then worked as an engineer at Pivotal Labs, where she taught multiple programming classes to beginners. (http://www.builtinnyc.com/2016/03/23/female-founders-nyc)

9. Kimberly Bryant, Founder of Black Girls Code
When Bryant was first introduced to computer programming during college the Apple Macintosh was the new kid on the block. However, as she worked in her coding studies, Bryant felt culturally isolated: only a few of her classmates looked like her. Although a lot has changed since she was an undergraduate, there’s still a lack of African-American women in STEM fields. That’s why she launched Black Girls Code, to provide young and pre-teen girls of color opportunities to learn in-demand skills at a time when they’re naturally thinking about what they want to be when they grow up. (http://tech.co/women-in-tech-silicon-valley-2015-02)

10-12. Marcela Sapone and Jessica Beck, Cofounders of Hello Alfred
Marcela Sapone and Jessica Beck both worked in consulting prior to founding Alfred, an on-demand errand service. The founders both graduated from Harvard Business School and launched Alfred in 2013 with the mission to help people get their to-do list done. To date, the company has raised $12.5 million over 3 rounds of funding. (http://www.builtinnyc.com/2016/03/23/female-founders-nyc)

13. Reshma Saujani, Founder of Girls Who Code
Since Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code in 2012, the program has grown from one class of 20 girls to a national movement. The company has established strong partnerships throughout the tech industry in order to introduce young girls to computer science. The company recently announced that it will provide $1 million in scholarships so girls can attend the seven-week program and forego the cost of a summer job. (http://www.builtinnyc.com/2016/03/23/female-founders-nyc)

14. Tiffany Pham, Founder and CEO of Mogul, Inc.
In 2014, Tiffany Pham founded Mogul to connect women everywhere to knowledge, opinions, and opportunities around the world. She even designed and coded the first version of Mogul herself. Before founding Mogul, Pham graduated from Harvard Business School, was the Director of partnerships and strategic initiatives at CBS and wrote a book on business strategy and information technology. (http://www.builtinnyc.com/2016/03/23/female-founders-nyc) 

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