Judy Estrin, the CEO of JLABS, LLC, is known as a strong woman role model in the technology field, and with 8 successful entrepreneur projects, it’s clear to see why. She holds a B.S. degree in math and computer science from UCLA, as well as an M.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford University. In college, Estrin worked with the research group at Stanford headed by the man dubbed “Father of the Internet”, Vint Cerf. The group developed the TCP/IP specification that forms the underlying technology which makes up the Internet we know today. Estrin was known after that as Packet Design Management Company, LLC, a company she started that helps network managers improve network availability as well as performance, while working towards reducing operating costs. She is also the creator of Closing the Innovation Gap that was published and distributed in September, 2008. Before she helped establish Packet Design, Estrin held the title of chief technology officer for Cisco Systems in May 2000. Estrin helped to establish three other fruitful innovation organizations starting in 1981. They were: Bridge Communications, Network Computing Devices, and Precept Software, a developer and marketer of network multimedia software. Cisco Systems procured Precept in 1998 for 85 million dollars, which led to Estrin becoming Cisco’s chief technology officer until April 2000.
Three times now Fortune Magazine‘s list of the 50 most powerful women has Estrin been named. She sits on the boards of directors of both the FedEx Corporation, The Walt Disney Company. She also sits on the advisory councils of Stanford’s School of Engineering and Stanford’s Bio-X initiative.
These are just three of the large amount of notable women in the technology field today, and unlike past times, the numbers are continuing to grow. It is no longer looked upon as a mans world, and females can finally get the chances and opportunities to succeed that they deserve. Times really are changing, for the better.