I think most of these women are based in the US, but I still like this list on Women 2.0. It gives you 100 female internet entrepreneurs who all had ideas that were good enough to be successful in 2009.
I saw it on a tweet from Ben LaMothe. Some of the ideas that caught my eye were…
Rachael Chong, who’s built a site called catchafire.org which matches the skills of professional volunteers with charities who need them.
There are a few augmented reality businesses, including Christine Lemke’s Sense Networks. This “crunches real-time, location-based data from wireless carriers and cars, and can be used to craft next-gen marketing and ad campaigns” according to Business Week, which named it one of the world’s most intriguing start-ups.
There’s also Danielle Fong, whose company LightSailEnergy sounds interesting – raising funding for efficient energy storage systems to help make the world’s electrical grid green. Details are scant at the moment though.
I couldn’t see too many UK-based businesswomen on there, and my (relatively short) hunt for female UK tech entrepreneurs has proved to be a difficult one too.
There’s also a critical comment underneath saying that only a few of these women are technologists, with most of them specialising in marketing or consulting. I don’t know whether the same can be said of a lot of male tech entrepreneurs, or if they tend to specialise in IT. Surely you have to be a bit of a jack-of-all-trades to be a entrepreneur anyway, so a lot of them will have different strengths? The point is they’ve chosen to bring their skills and talent to the technology industry.
And we all know there aren’t enough female technologists. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t celebrate those women who are working in tech, whether or not they’re former developers. With any luck, the “non-technologist” women will still act as an incentive to younger women and girls to follow them into IT, or take tech courses at school. The objection seems a little petty to me when it’s your ability as an entrepreneur that matters, not your ability to write code.