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Top 50 Women in Technology

Lisa Williams, Placeblogger.com, Lisa Williams, CEO and founder of Placeblogger.com, graduated from Emerson College in 1992. She currently lives in Watertown, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children. Lisa was the 2009 winner of the New Media Women Entrepreneur of the Year award. Placeblogger.com is the world’s largest searchable index of local weblogs. The site was also the winner of the Knight 21st Century News Challenge, which hands out $5 million

Niniane Wang, Minted Niniane Wang, Chief Technology Officer for Minted, is based in San Francisco, California. She holds a MS in

Lorraine Twohill, Google Lorraine Twohill, Vice President of Global Marketing at Google is a native of Carlow, and holds a joint honours degree in international marketing and languages from Dublin City University. She has been cited in the Power 100 list by U.K. magazine ‘Marketing’ for the past 3 years in a row and she was named Adweek’s Grand Brand Genius for her efforts in shaping Google’s marketing efforts.

dollars yearly to pioneers with projects that define the future of journalism. According to Williams, the object of Placeblogger.com is to find and index as many placeblogs as possible, so they can connect and learn from each other. Prior to creating Placeblogger, Williams started H2Otown.info in 2005, a nationally recognized citizen journalism community site covering and talking about Watertown, Massachusetts. H2OTown allows others in the area to blog on the lived experiences in that geographic area. Lisa also worked with the Boston Globe and a large number of start-up’s

and regional media companies on blogging and online community projects. Williams is a judge for the Online Journalism Awards, the New Media Women Entrepreneurs grant competition, and a mentor for the International Womens’ Media Fund start-up program. Williams believes online news are created by people who know a lot about journalism but nothing about technology. Lisa is a media professional who took the initiative to learn how to code so she wouldn’t be totally dependent on other people to realize her ideas.

computer science from the University of Washington, and a BS in computer science from Caltech. Minted is a global community of independent graphic designers and an online store that prints and sells the best of their design. Wang joined in 2010 and is responsible for leading the technology division. She manages the strategy and execution of technology within the company. Minted’s designs have radically transformed what customers can expect in holiday cards, wedding invitation, birth announcements and personal stationary. Wang is also a co-inventor of 33 patents and has delivered products that ship to millions of customers. Prior to joining Minted, Wang had a

proven track record leading engineering teams at Google and Microsoft. Niniane was a member of the founding team on Google Desktop which reached 38 million monthly users. She led Gmail monetization, founded Google Lively, was previously an engineering manager on Microsoft Flight Simulator and served on Google’s hiring committee for five years. She also received a Founder’s Award, the highest award within Google. She has also written numerous publications. According to the founder of Minted.com, Mariam Naficy, Niniane’s remarkable combination of technical acumen, drive, leadership ability, and recruiting experience makes her a great fit to lead engineering at Minted.

After a firm grounding in marketing at Burns Philip, Lorraine left to work for Bord Failte as General Manager Italy and then General Manager Northern Europe. Before Lorraine joined Google, she was head of marketing for Opodo, the European travel portal created by nine of Europe’s leading airlines. Lorraine led the launch of the company across Europe, bringing it to a top 3 position in all launch markets within 2 years. Lorraine joined the helm of one of the

most omnipresent brands in the world in 2003 and is now based at its headquarters in Mountain View, California. With Lorraine’s 20 years of experience in marketing, she is responsible for Google’s marketing efforts globally. She built and led all of Google’s regional marketing teams and activities in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “Our approach is to know the user, know the magic, and connect the two,” says the internet giant’s Irish vicepresident of global marketing.

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