11 enterprise rock stars that have quietly been responsible for some of the most successful cloud services in the world
- Business Insider is proud to announce the 11 winners of the Up and Comers Award, honoring the lesser-known heroes in the enterprise tech world.
- The award was created by Okta in conjunction with Business Insider, with help from Twilio.
- It honors the people who are leading important projects at companies with popular apps and services.
The tech industry has created more than its share of the rich and famous - from billionaire founders and investors, to CEOs who lead rock-star lives.
But those people didn't do it on their own.So in honor of the unsung tech heroes who make their companies successful, Business Insider worked with Okta, with some help from Twilio, to create the Up And Comer Awards.
We began with Okta's 2019 Business at Work report, released in February. Because Okta offers an identity service that allows enterprise to manage employees access to other cloud computing apps, Okta has an inside view of which apps are successful and growing in popularity.
We asked the companies behind the most popular apps and services on the list to nominate an Up And Comer. This person had to be someone responsible for an important internal project, but who was not a founder.
We received two dozen nominees, with our panel of judges selecting a winner. That panel was comprised of Business Insider's Julie Bort, Okta CTO and EVP of Engineering Hector Aguilar, and Twilio Chief Product Officer Chee Chew. Judges scored each nomination on four criteria: the nominee's technical chops, the innovation of their projects, the impact those projects had on their companies, and the ingenuity of the projects and the person.
Here are the winners.