Elle magazine is slated to release the third-annual Women in Tech list in its June issue, which hits newsstands nationwide Tuesday.
“The more time we spend out there [Silicon Valley], the more we understand who the power sources are,” said the magazine’s editor in chief Robbie Myers, who likened her growing insight into the tech community to a “learning robot.”
In putting together the list, Myers said she tends to “shine a light” on female-focused businesses or leaders who “help women.” Elle also seeks to find the power brokers and influencers in the small community of women in tech, and give some real estate in the magazine to talk about their lives.
That’s one reason why the list is culled to just eight standouts, Myers noted.
This year, Elle led off its feature with Marcela Sapone, the 30-year-old cofounder and chief executive officer of Hello Alfred, a company that offers a subscription service that allows professionals to outsource household tasks such as grocery shopping and cleaning.
Whitney Wolfe, founder and ceo of dating app Bumble, which allows female daters to make the first move, is also featured. Myers called out honoree Anjula Acharia-Bath, a partner of Trinity Ventures, as someone whose story she liked because it didn’t necessarily conform to the female-facing mold. While Acharia-Bath seeks out investments in female-led start-ups, she also looks to bridge the divide between tech and Hollywood as well as Hollywood and Bollywood in her work.
Other honorees include Jen Fitzpatrick, vice president of Google Maps; Tracy Young, cofounder and ceo of PlanGrid; Leila Janah, founder and ceo of Sama Group; Del Harvey, head of trust and safety at Twitter, and April Underwood, vice president of product at Slack.
Myers will host a dinner on Tuesday in San Francisco at Mourad to toast the eight honorees.