Technology is one field in which more and more women are breaking through the “glass ceiling,” and Heather Harde is leading the way.
Named one of the “Most Influential Women in Technology” in 2011 by Fast Company.com, Harde was CEO of the Web publication TechCrunch from 2007 to 2011. She came to TechCrunch, which focuses on technology news and analysis, from News Corporation, where she served as senior vice president of mergers and acquisitions for Fox Interactive Media.
After TechCrunch was acquired by AOL in 2010, Harde became general manager of AOL’s technology properties. Her projects at TechCrunch included putting together an in-house ad team, developing conferences and events, and creating CrunchBase, the publication’s research division. A graduate of the Harvard Business School, Harde has also held positions at News America Marketing, TVGuide, and ASkyB.
In December 2011, Harde announced her resignation from AOL/TechCrunch. “If I had to choose one word to describe Heather it would be tireless,” wrote TechCrunch editor in chief Erick Schoenfeld. “She is a tireless leader, a tireless organizer, a tireless salesperson, and a tireless champion of TechCrunch in general.” Tweeted TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington: “Heather Harde has resigned from TechCrunch. Sad day.”
Harde is currently the vice chairman of sf.citi, an advocacy organization in San Francisco that works to build bridges between the technology sector and the government of San Francisco.