Who Are The Most Important Women In Mobile Tech?

Despite recent heated discussions about the lack of women in tech, we here at LAPTOP know that there are far more women doing important and influential work in technology than is evident from the lineup at TechCrunch Disrupt or most other tech-related conferences. That’s why we’re putting together a list of the most important women in mobile tech.

What are the marks of importance? Notability is a big one, but also a personal actions/activities that influence mobile tech. This includes women spearheading promising start ups, women involved in research and development of important technologies, even women who work within systems to make them more accessible or friendly to those outside of the majority.

Obviously there are a lot of women who fit these descriptions, and I’m sure you can come up with plenty of other criteria for what makes a woman “important” in mobile tech. So we’re inviting our readers to nominate women for our list. Please leave your suggestions in the comments with links, if you have them, to pertinent information about the women you’re nominating. The two main criteria we have is that they should be involved in mobile technologies, and they should be currently active in tech.

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  1. Chris Says:

    These four are pretty obvious, but still:

    Mary Lou Jepsen — http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Lou_Jepsen
    Limor Fried — http://makezine.com/pub/au/Limor_Fried
    Leah Buechley — http://web.media.mit.edu/~leah/LilyPad/
    Becky Stern — http://sternlab.org/

  2. bryan labchuk Says:

    mary lou from pixel qi – their screens rock!

  3. Chris Says:

    “No this is not my boyfriend’s computer”.
    f crs t’s hr cmptr. Hw ls wld sh fnd rcps n th ntrnt.

    –editor’s note: We’ve now reached our maximum limit of sexist comments on this post! Congrats, Chris.

  4. Chris (not really) Says:

    My vowels!!
    They’re gone.
    Except for “her”.
    Thank you.

    For The Most Important Women In Mobile Tech, I nominate… Cher Wang, co-founder and Chairperson of HTC and VIA Technologies.


  5. Jon Fingas Says:

    Lisa Brewster — Palm. You have to be intelligent and geeky to handle webOS developer relations, but she’s also very human and, yes, one of the prettier women in the smartphone industry. :)


  6. Chris (not really) Says:

    So who won?

    Noticed you confiscated my last vowel on my Nov 18 comment.
    Cold hearted, and you don’t play by rules.

  7. K. T. Bradford Says:

    We didn’t choose just one winner. But you’ll get to see all the women who made the list in the next few weeks.

  8. Chris (not really) Says:

    How’s it going?
    It will be nice when I can read the article.

  9. K. T. Bradford Says:

    It’s going in our March issue, so it’ll be online sometime that month (if not sooner).

  10. Chris (not really) Says:

    Jo Harlow is now the Head of Smart Devices (Smartphones) for the world’s largest phone maker.

    As of April 1, Nokia will have a new company structure, which features two distinct business units: Smart Devices and Mobile Phones. They will focus on Nokia’s key business areas: high-end smartphones and mass-market mobile phones. Each unit will have profit-and-loss responsibility and end-to-end accountability for the full consumer experience, including product development, product management and product marketing.

    Smart Devices will be responsible for building Nokia’s leadership in smartphones and will be led by Jo Harlow. The following sub-units now in Mobile Solutions will move under Smart Devices:
    – Symbian Smartphones
    – MeeGo Computers
    – Strategic Business Operations

    To support the planned new partnership with Microsoft, Smart Devices will be responsible for creating a winning Windows Phone portfolio.


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