UK Tech 100: The 30 most important, interesting, and impactful women shaping British technology in 2019
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- Business Insider has named the 100 most interesting and impactful people who are influencing British tech in 2019.
- Of that list, Business Insider has selected the top 30 female investors, founders, journalists, social media stars, and engineers who made the list.
- The list features entrepreneurs building global startups in the UK, investors who have a keen eye for emerging technologies, as well as journalists, TikTok stars, politicians, and regulators that made a mark.
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This week, Business Insider published the 2019 edition of its UK Tech 100 list - an annual feature celebrating 100 of the most impactful and innovative figures shaping the British technology industry.From budding entrepreneurs building exciting new startups in London to regulators grappling with how to keep Silicon Valley titans in check, the UK's tech scene is thriving.
The wider industry still has some work to do. As entrepreneurs, technologists, and investors, women continue to face systemic bias and sexism. Diversity VC, some of whose founders are on this list, found in 2017 that 83% all UK venture capital funding went to startups with no women on their founding teams, among other shocking statistics.Without further ado, here are the 30 most innovative, interesting, and influential women in UK tech who are changing the narrative.
Editing by Shona Ghosh, Rob Price, and Steven Tweedie. Jake Kanter, Callum Burroughs, Shona Ghosh, and Rob Price contributed reporting.
30. Melinda Roylett, Uber’s new UK chief who'll have to fight for its licence
29. ITV CEO Carolyn McCall, taking on Netflix by teaming up with the BBC to make Britbox
28. Caroline Plumb, a fintech expert lending a hand to the government on the side
27. Dr. Jess Wade, the scientist rectifying Wikipedia’s blind spot
26. Ola Sendecka, Django Girls founder and Monzo engineer
25. Carole Cadwalladr, the Cambridge Analytica-breaking journalist keeping the pressure up
24. The sisters building 'dark' kitchens for Uber Eats and Deliveroo
23. Buzzy Balderton's Laura Connell
22. Joy Foster, the woman helping women upskill women
21. Check Warner and Lillian Li: cofounders at Diversity VC, which is changing the face of venture capital
20. Nicola Mendelsohn, tasked with holding down the fort for Facebook in Britain
19. Cherry Freeman, the LoveCrafts cofounder now sourcing deals at Hiro Capital
18. Sophie Hill has created a luxury online boutique that exists entirely on messaging apps
17. Jay Hunt, spending Apple’s billions on British TV shows
16. The lab-grown diamond jewelers, Jessica Warch and Sidney Neuhaus
15. Carolina Brochado, SoftBank tech’s freshest voice
14. Eileen Burbidge, the Monzo backer with fingers in every pie
13. The woman making Snapchat popular in new markets
12. Pavan Singh, one half of a hugely popular TikTok duo
11. Dr. Sandra Wachter, the academic holding AI to account
10. Nicky Morgan, the politician who will (try to) regulate the internet
9. Sonali De Rycker, one of London's top investors
8. Joanna Bryson, the member of Google’s disastrous AI ethics council who gave the company a piece of her mind
7. Carol Kane, one of the masterminds behind the UK’s hottest fast fashion store
6. Poppy Gustafsson, the UK-based Darktrace co-CEO steering the company out of the shadow of Mike Lynch
5. Lila Ibrahim, DeepMind’s first-ever COO
4. Anne Boden, expanding Starling Bank into Europe
3. Tania Boler, the female-focused product firebrand with a global perspective
2. Ophelia Brown, the highly focused young investor who set up her own fund
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