After a long decade, men have been filled up the tech-world. We know there are so many successful men working in tech right now, but do you know that some important roles on the tech history is occupied by women? Through this article we would like to see that we can’t underestimate women anymore in the tech industry.
Famous Women in Tech History
Ada Lovelace, The First Programmer
Ada Lovelace was born in 1815, London. Then she was homeschooled and had several tutors for mathematics and physics. Ada is known as the first programmer because she had written notes that explained how the notion of a specific engine could transition calculation to computation. She is one of the famous women in technology and every Tuesday in October is known as Ada Lovelace Day to celebrate the achievements of women in STEM careers.
Radia Perlman, The Mother of Internet
Radia Perlman was born in 1951, New Jersey and attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology to studied programming for a physics class. She then received a B.S and M.S in mathematics and a PH. D in Computer science from MIT in 1988. In the 1980s Radia invented the spanning tree algorithm and protocol. The spinning tree algorithm transformed ethernet from a single wire CSMA into a protocol that could handle large clouds. Radia Perlman also known as the ‘Mother of The Internet’ because she created STP which is fundamental for the operation of network bridges.
Female Employees in World’s Top Tech Company in 2021
In 2021 Statista published a data about Female employees in World’s Top Tech Company, such as Google, Apple, Facebook, and Microsoft.
Here’s the breakdown percentage of female employees in World’s top technology companies:
Did You Know? Some of Apple Leaders Under 30 Were Women!
Yes that’s correct. Apple shared that in 2020, 40% of Apple Leaders Under 30 are filled with women and this is a 9% increase from the 2014 report. They also had 37% of open leadership roles that were occupied by women globally, with women filling 26% of open R&D leadership roles.
SEA Women in Tech Percentage is more than the Global Percentage
According to a study by the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and Singapore’s Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the number of women in tech in SEA beats the global average. Women account for 32% of the region’s tech sector workforce, compared to 28% on average around the globe.
At 42%, it’s Thailand that tops the charts in SEA, followed by Singapore with 41% of women working in tech — the latter despite the city-state having one of the lowest shares of female tech majors in the region.
Top Rising SEA Women in Tech 2021
Joanne and Cindy Kua
Sunday (Thailand) – $128.93 million
Latest Round: $45 million (September 2021)
Notable Investors: Tencent, Vertex Ventures, Quona Capital
Joanne and Cindy Kua are known as the founders of Sunday, a full-stack InsurTech startup that uses artificial intelligence/machine learning to offer personalized insurance products and services. They continue to manage their Malaysian family-owned conglomerate KSK Group while overseeing Sunday’s growth. The sisters also co-founded Carmana, a Bangkok-based used car platform in 2016. Joanne is become KSK Group CEO and KSK Land managing director, while Cindy is Sunday’s CEO and Managing Director of KSK’s insurance business.
Ajaib (Indonesia) – $92.1 million in total funding raised
Latest Round: $65 million (March 2021)
Notable Investors: Softbank Ventures Asia, Insignia Ventures, Alpha JWC Ventures.
Yada Piyajomkwan was known as Ajaib’s Co-Founder and the Chief Product Officer. Ajaib itself is an investing platform that allows Indonesians to buy and sell stocks, ETFs, and mutual funds. Yada previously worked at global brands which is McKinsey and Unilever. Then she focused on Ajaib, to outpaces the rest of the startups on this list in total funding, which was fueled by its most recent round of $65 million. Ajaib has become one of Indonesian Unicorn and also become the first Investment App Unicorn in South East Asia.
KUMU (Philippines) – $38.38 million
Latest Round: $37.15 million (April 2021)
Notable Investors: Gobi Partners, Core Capital, Openspace Ventures
Clare Ros is known as the Co-Founder and Advisor of KUMU, a social live streaming and entertainment platform that aims to amplify Filipino creativity, community, and commerce. The development of KUMU’s iconic blue branding was led by Clare Ros. KUMU’s rising in the funding charts is thanks to its recent series B of over $37 million.
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