Liz Clinkenbeard: The Innovation 50

VP of communications, GitHub

Liz Clinkenbeard heads up communications at one of the Internet's hottest properties of the moment. San Francisco-based GitHub is an open-source platform that enables developers to collaborate on code. Founded in 2008, it is growing rapidly and has 6.7 million users. Shortly after Andreessen Horowitz invested $100m in the business two years ago – at the time its biggest single investment – Clinkenbeard joined from SutherlandGold Group.

Prior to this, she was an account director at OutCast for almost seven years, serving enterprise software, mobile, and consumer technology brands including VMware and DNAnexus. While Clinkenbeard has earned GitHub lots of positive press coverage, particularly around its open policy partnership with the White House last year, she has also had to handle plenty of negative press. A sexism scandal rocked the firm this year, after a female engineer quit over public claims she experienced gender-based harassment at the startup, prompting GitHub to be more transparent.

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