EDITOR’S NOTE – Every era in human history has some sort of technological innovation to its credit. For Mesopotamians living in 3500 BC it was the wheel, for those in Western Europe during the 1440s it was the printing press, and today, it’s myriad pieces of hardware and software – far too many to name – that make up the Digital Age in which we live. We’re fascinated by this ever-changing technological landscape here at Lioness Magazine, which is why every June we dedicate the month’s issue to the powerful women in tech as well as the industry’s latest gadgets and gizmos.
Mari Kim Novak, chief marketing officer at the Rubicon Project, is the subject of this month’s cover story, and deservedly so! She spent almost a decade as global head of Microsoft Advertising in New York City before moving on to Rubicon in 2013. Novak has labored on some of the most creative ad campaigns supporting such mainstream products as MSN, Xbox, Skype and Bing while at Microsoft and is now turning her sights to Rubicon’s innovative automation advertising technology. The automation of buying and selling advertising across all mobile devices is necessary for the future of the ad tech industry, and Rubicon, she said, is blazing the trail!
Another phenomenal woman in tech featured in this issue is CitiGroup’s Cecilia Harvey, chief operating officer of Markets and Securities Services Technology department in the company’s United Kingdom office. Her passion for the tech industry and the women in it has prompted her to establish CitiGroup’s Global Diversity Initiative, as well as the Prometheus program, a talent development pipeline for females.
Harvey explained to Lioness reporter Tara McCollum, “Prometheus was the titan in Greek Mythology and he advanced civilization by delivering fire to humans. He stole fire from the gods and delivered it to humans, so our tagline within Prometheus is, ‘Delivering Fire’ because that’s what these women are doing as they go through their challenges, as they’re implementing change or strategic initiatives within our organization, they’re delivering fire.”
An inextinguishable passion for innovation is what spawned the work of two others featured this month: Taryn Fixel, founder and CEO of Ingredient1, a dietary mobile app, and Eva Ho, general partner at Susa Ventures, a company committed to data-centric investments.
Technology is certainly here to stay, as exhibited by the extraordinary work of those in this month’s issue; however, what they also prove is that while tech may be the commonality throughout history, what form it takes is for each generation and innovator to decide!
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