4 Women In Their 20s Pioneering The Tech Industry 4 Women In Their 20s Pioneering The Tech Industry Twenty-something billionaires are popping up left and right with inspiring entrepreneurial stories and unimaginable net worths that leave mouths agape. This millennial movement gives ‘rockstar’ status to young male entrepreneurs such as Mark Zuckerberg, making the 26 year old who founded Facebook a household name. Today’s millennial entrepreneurs are the most tech savvy generation to date, making it easier than ever before for women to start companies and initiate service based start-ups. With Google and other search engines at their fingertips, women are more armed with information than ever before on how to become an entrepreneur. While the following female entrepreneurs are not yet household names, these rising rockstars are definitely worthy of recognition and their stories may inspire you. Catherine Cook When she was just 15, Catherine and her brother came up with the idea of an interactive digital yearbook. With an initial investment of $250,000 from her brother, Geoff, a young web entrepreneur in his own right, the two launched social networking site Myyearbook.com Today Catherine Cook is worth a staggering $30 million dollars thanks to the business she launched when she was only 18 years of age. Considered a self-made millionaire, Cook generates much of her income from the website’s advertising revenue, generated from brand partners like Disney, Neutrogena and ABC. With more than 45 employees and an audience of over three million, the future certainly looks bright for Catherine. Running a business is now more affordable than ever before when your company is primarily an online venture. With every tool provided to start a business, it is no surprise that female entrepreneurship is now defined as a movement. Susan Gregg-Koger Would you like to know what having $15 million is like? Ask female entrepreneur Susan Gregg-Koger who co-founded Modcloth.com with her no-husband, Eric, in order to sell clothes that no longer fit her. A self-professed vintage clothes lover, Groger fulfilled the company’s early orders from her dorm room at Carnegie Mellon University. This 25 year old managed to balance her academic work while building an online business that now has more than 450 employees and offices across the country. Alexa Hirschfeld Photo Credit: Peter Ash Lee Who hasn’t received a paperless post invite for a life event? If so, you have 26-year-old Alexa Hirschfeld to thank. In 2009, Hirschfeld and her brother James teamed up to establish a company that would shake up the stationary industry. Together, they built an online platform for sending wedding and other event invitations, securing more than $6.3 million in funding for the company. Within one year, this Internet venture became a profitable one and continues to grow as people become more ‘green’ in the saving of natural resources and more digital, looking to reach hundreds of people in little time. Ashley Qualls At age 20, Ashley Qualls has a story that will inspire upcoming entrepreneurs who are still in their teens. In 2004, she founded Whateverlife.com at just 14 years old, out of her home office, also known as her basement. The website which offered free layouts and HTML tutorials to other users her age, is designed to give young women access to basic web building skills. Having worked on websites since the age of nine, Qualls has turned down offers as high as $1.5 million for her company which reportedly sees as many as 360,000 visitors daily, more than the audiences of CosmoGirl, Teen Vogue and Seventeen combined. You know what they say, little girls with dreams become women with vision Iman Oubou Aside from being the founder and Editor-In-Chief of SWAAY Media, Iman is also Miss New York US, a philanthropist, a champion of Women Entrepreneurs, a Scientist and a Fashionista. She is the host of the popular podcast Entrepreneurs En Vogue, powered by SWAAY.