Top 50 Women in Technology
Ilaria Rosso, Electro Power Systems Ilaria Rosso, co-founder of Electro Power Systems and Vice President of IP Policy and Public Funding Programs received the first ever EU Prize for Women Innovators in recognition of her work in the field of fuel cell technology and sustainable, green power provision. Rosso was honored as one of the top three women innovators during the opening ceremony of the Innovation Convention 2011, chaired by Maire Geoghegan-Quinn, European Commissioner for Research Innovation and Science. Rosso was selected from among hundreds of candidates by an independent international jury consisting of both academic and business professionals. Ilaria Rosso holds a PhD in chemistry and is an expert in both fuel processing techniques and fuel cells. Rosso helped start Electro Power Systems SpA (EPS) in 2005 to transform fuel cell technology into a viable commercial solution for green power provision. EPS, selected by the World Economic Forum as a Technology Pioneer 2012, has done much more than simply create new power solutions. It has developed the World’s only self-recharging, logistics-free backup power system that minimizes the mismatch in energy production and consumption by efficiently storing energy from the grid or when renewables are plentiful, and instantaneously releasing energy whenever renewables are weak or absent.
Tracy Chou, Pinterest, Tracy Chou is currently a backend software engineer at Pinterest, the social networking site with a visually-pleasing “virtual pinboard” interface. Tracy spends her time discussing technical decisions, how to design solutions, and the pros and cons of different options. In 2009, Tracy received her Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering and also a Master’s of Computer Science from Stanford University in 2010. While working towards her degree, she took a few computer science courses and discovered her passion. Being in Silicon Valley, she had the opportunity to work with a few tech start-ups, as well as to intern with Google in 2007 and Facebook in 2008. After earning her Master’s, she leapt right into the start-up world—and eventually made her way to Pinterest. Before Pinterest, Tracy was one of the first software engineers at Quora (2010-2011), a question-and-answer website created, edited and organized by its community of users, where she worked on improving hardware upgrades, among other things. For three months, as part of an internship, Tracy was also a rocket scientist with Rocket Fuel Inc.
Victoria Ransom, Wildfire Interactive Victoria Ransom, the Co-founder and CEO of Wildfire Interactive, grew up in a farm in New Zealand. She holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and was named one of the ’25 Women to Watch in Tech’ for 2010 and 2011. She has also won the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for New Zealand. Prior to Business School, Ransom co-founded a global adventure and travel company, Access Travel, Ltd., that currently operates in 16 countries. She also spent two years as an investment banking analyst at Morgan Stanley in New York. Wildfire, a division of Google, is one of the world’s largest social media marketing software providers and thousands of businesses use their turnkey marketing solutions. In 2012, President Obama invited Ransom to Washington to represent Silicon Valley at the signing of the Jobs act in the White House Rose Garden. Wildfire specializes in helping brands reach customers over social networks. Victoria oversees the strategic development and general management of the company and she believes that the combination of Wildfire and Google can lead to a better platform for managing all digital media marketing. The company remains focused on helping brands run and measure their social engagement and add campaigns across the entire web and across all social services to deliver rich and satisfying experiences for their consumers.
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