American internet heroes

The US has leading the way in showing women leading or funding internet companies. In compiling our database of female internet heroes, we come across a lot of American entrepreneurs, CxO's and VC's. A lot of these women have started in Silicon Valley or have close ties to the area. We will list a few of them today:

Esther Dyson is an internet visionary and investor and are already around a long time. She is primarily investing in start-ups and guiding many of them as a board member. She was visionary with positions at - among others - Flickr, Delicious. She on the board of 23andme, of co-founder Anne Wojcicki. She invested also in lesser known companies, such as eTribes, a British (once) startup that provided identity management and community services, but now seems to be more a photo sharing site. She sold EDventure Holdings to CNET Networks in 2004. Recently she has been investing mostly in online services, health care/genetics, and space travel.

Other women that have been around are Meg Whitman, ex e-Bay and Jean Armour Polly, founder of netmom.com, and the first woman elected to the Internet Society board of Trustees. She is currently working on connecting rural libraries to the Internet.
But also others are valuable contributors to the innovation discussion and interesting speakers. We mention Patricia Gallup , CEO of PCConnection and Nancy Cruickshank, CEO of Videojug.

Some women have 2.0 experience in setting up companies, like Lisa Sounia founder of Dopplr and Gina Bianchini of Ning or experience in retail and communities surrounding them, like Michelle Pelluso, CEO of Travelocity and Dawn Lepore, CEO of drugstore.com.

Very few women are solely active as investors, but there are some strong exceptions such as Joyce Chung, early stage investor at Garage Ventures, Peggy Liu of Mustang Ventures and Joanna Rees, also an investor.

Whether Susan Decker will become the turn around manager in Internet of the year, as President of Yahoo, we will see. Decker holds a bachelor of science degree from Tufts University, with a double major in computer science and economics, and a master of business administration degree from Harvard Business School. Decker holds a bachelor of science degree from Tufts University, with a double major in computer science and economics, and a master of business administration degree from Harvard Business School.

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