Director Of Online Operations, Facebook India
When Kirthiga Reddy opened Facebook’s India office in 2010, the site had just 8 million users in a nation of 1.2 billion people. Since then, she’s grown Facebook India ninefold, to 71 million as of the end of 2012–healthy growth, given that only a tenth of Indians have Internet access. Read more.
Director Of Google Maps For Mobile
After Apple booted Google Maps from iOS last year, Daniel Graf led the development of a beautiful, refreshed mapping experience that shot to number one in the iTunes store and kicked Apple’s ass on its own turf. Here’s how Graf made it happen–in his own words.
Founder, NowThis News
“News providers have forgotten the 18-to-40 demographic,” says Ken Lerer, explaining his excitement over NowThis News, his new-media startup. “They’re going to get their news on mobile, through video, and from friends. Period.” Read more.
The duo’s app studio had a hit last year with Clear, a to-do-list maker that uses commonsense touch gestures. Now they’re focusing their talents on Hatch, an app with perhaps the most charming virtual pet ever. Read more.
EVP of Marketing, Live Nation
Jackie Wilgar is a feedback fiend, and data is her excuse to play. In 2012, she oversaw the rollout of an app that directly linked Live Nation with fans and helped transform the world’s largest public live-entertainment company into a social, mobile powerhouse. Read more.
Director Of Design And UX, Foursquare
Ian Spalter is constantly rethinking the look and feel of Foursquare’s app. He’s got a knack for inspiring creativity. Read more.
Cofounder, CEO, Lookout Mobile Security
John Hering once broke into phones at the Oscars to expose the vulnerability of Bluetooth. Now he and his team use that same cleverness to protect Lookout’s 35 million users’ mobile devices from malware and theft. Read more.
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