The 15 Most Powerful Women in Startups in 2022

luck’s List of the most powerful women It ranks the most influential CEOs in global business. The CEOs and CEOs who appear on that list tend to run large companies that already wield influence across the global economy.

However, some of the big corporate leaders of the future are now running private startups. To reflect this future, luck This year I am publishing this list of some of the most influential female leaders working across startups as founders and CEOs. Based on PitchBook rating data, this list highlights women at the helm of some of today’s most valuable startups.

The first on the list is Melanie Perkins, Co-founder and CEO of Canvawhich appears on the cover October/November issue of luck. Among the current top-tier startup leaders, Perkins can claim three combined accomplishments that no other woman has achieved: she founded her company; She manages it as CEO; The company is valued at more than $20 billion. Companies founded by women near Canva’s valuation have organizations in non-CEO executive positions, while companies with female CEOs are smaller in value.

However, the women on this list are notable, either as founders holding influential positions in their high-value startups or as CEOs of high-value companies. This universe is still quite young: Mixed-gender founding teams like Canva took 14.8% of venture capital funds last year, while female-only founding teams took 2.4%, according to PitchBook.

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1. Melanie Perkins

Co-founder and CEO, Canva
Value: $26 billion

With a value of $40 billion in 2021, Canva was the world’s most valuable startup. Even after lowering its rating, the company still clings to that distinction.

Read more: Melanie Perkins, the 35-year-old founder of Canva, was rejected by 100 VCs. Now, the $26 billion design startup is ready to take on Microsoft and Google

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2. Divya Gokulnath

Co-founder and Managing Director, Byju’s
Value: $22 billion

Gokulnath co-founded India’s most valuable company Byju’s. The educational technology giant has run into hurdles amid the economic slowdown, as it reportedly missed fiscal 2021 targets in its pursuit of profitability.

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3. Miranda Chu

Founding Partner and President Xiaohongshu
Value: $20 billion

The Xiaohongshu (translation: “Little Red Book”) social e-commerce app has been a major factor in the rise of experiential shopping in China. The Alibaba-backed startup is headquartered in Shanghai.

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4. Fiji Simo

CEO of Instacart
Value: $15 billion

Previous Facebook exec Grocery delivery service from its founder in 2021. Devalued Instacart nearly 50% to $15 billion in 2022 and is looking to exit, with Simo set to add a chair to its title after its IPO.

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5. Tween Ajayi

Co-Founder and CEO, Cityblock Health
Value: $6.3 billion

Ajayi co-founded the healthcare company that aims to serve marginalized groups in 2017 and served as President of Cityblock before taking over as its co-founder as CEO in March.

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6. Roshi Kalra

Founding Partner and CFO of OfBusiness; Co-founder and CEO, Oxyzo
Valuations: $5 billion (from business); $1 billion (Oxyzo)

Kalra is the half-pair of rhinos who run India. With her husband Asish Mohapatra, she co-founded carbon management firm OfBusiness and digital lender Oxyzo.

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7. Rachel Romer

Co-Founder and CEO, Guild Education
Value: $4.4 billion

The B2B Education Startup Guild, which Romer co-founded in 2015, works with companies to provide employees with learning, career development, and training programs.

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8. Uday Tatarko

Co-founder and CEO, Houzz
Value: $4 billion

Tatarko started Houzz’s home remodeling and design platform with her husband in 2009. About 65 million homeowners and 3 million home builders and design professionals use the platform.

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9. Samples Juice

Co-founder and CEO, Papaya Global
Valuation: $3.7 billion

Papaya Global deals with the non-exciting aspects of technology: human resources and payroll. Guez, who is based in Israel, co-founded the startup after a long career in global workforce management.

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10. Julia Cheek

Founder and CEO, Everly Health
Value: $3.5 billion

Cheek, a rare single institution, started Everly Health with a digitally-enabled home lab test to detect food sensitivities and fertility, before expanding into telehealth. Among the companies founded only by women, her company received the highest rating.


11. Anne Boden

Founder and CEO of Starling Bank
Valuation: $3.4 billion

Boden has built a fintech competitor with an atypical founder profile; The former British CFO was in her fifties when she launched Starling. The digital bank is valued at $3.4 billion today.

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12. Kim Kardashian

Skims founder
Value: $3.2 billion

Kardashian’s Skims is a venture capital firm founders startups (her other companies include skincare line Skkn by Kim and new private equity firm SKKY Partners). The clothing industry, which began with lingerie, is among the most successful among the Kardashian-Jenner clan. commercial endeavors.

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13. Daphne Kohler

Founder and CEO of Insitro
Value: $2.4 billion

Koller is a pioneer in hard science, launching Insitro for drug discovery and development. Her startup, which uses machine learning, is worth $2.4 billion.

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14. April Koh

Co-founder and CEO, Spring Health
Valuation: $2 billion

Spring Health offers mental health care services as an employer-provided health benefit. Koh, 30, became the youngest woman to run a multi-billion dollar company when the startup was valued at $2 billion in 2021.

15. Jinglan Wang

Co-founder and CEO of Optimism
Value: $1.7 billion

Wang is a well-known figure in crypto circles. Her startup was once a research non-profit backed by Ethereum creator Vitalik Buterin before turning into a for-profit $1.7 billion company as she worked to scale Ethereum.

All rating data from PitchBook

An abbreviated version of this list appears in a file October/November 2022 Edition From luck.

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