She’s graced the cover of major magazines and has been said to be one of the most connected and respected women in the Silicon Valley, but nevermind all that. Gina Bianchini’s startup Ning has seen more than 1.5 million created with 33 million registered users since it’s launch in 2004. Playing on the explosion of users engaging the internet’s communications (aka, social) capabilities, Ning sees over 4,000 new networks created every day by everything from brands to artists to organizations of all sizes and types. But, it’s hardly the first time Bianchini has brought a great idea to fruition. The Stanford MBA grad was the co-founder and president of another company that was later acquired, and has a history of working at dynamic companies including CKS Group and Goldman Sachs. What we admire about Bianchini is that she doesn’t just have smart ideas but a talent for successfully executing and growing them. She’s been regularly recognized for her business savvy along the likes of top founders like Evan Williams of Twitter and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook for her whipsmart business sense. Hugely inspiring in our book!
To see the complete first 10 of our 20 Women Founders to Watch list, visit here. We’ll unveil the second 10 on our Huff Post column next week, and continue to cover the companies along with other news and industry moves here.