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Job title of nominated professionalCofounder and CEO
Company (where nominated professional or team is working)DataVisor
Company size (employees)100 to 499
Headquarters RegionNorth America

In 3 bullets, summarize why this professional or team deserves recognition:

-Despite the uphill battle of being a woman and a non-native english speaker working in a male dominated industry, Yinglian Xie saw no gender gap. If she felt that she wasn't being recognized for the same work her male counterparts were, she worked harder to achieve it. With that in mind, DataVisor is and always will be, an equal opportunity place for anyone with a passion for making the world a safer place. It doesn't matter what your race, age, color, ethnicity or gender. DataVisor is an equal playing field for all.

-Yinglian has more then 20 patents granted and/or pending.

-She's completed her PhD and post-doctoral work in Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. There she worked on various research projects involving large-scale network forensic analysis, intrusion detection and more. Her work has been published in top security, networking, and systems conferences and has served on many of their committees.

Summary of Achievements

Yinglian Xie is currently CEO and co-founder of DataVisor, a successful fraud detection technology startup based in the Silicon Valley. In five years, DataVisor has grown from a company of two to a rapidly growing business with 100+ employees in US, China, and Singapore with customers across the globe.

Prior to founding DataVisor, Yinglian worked at Microsoft Research for more than seven years on a number of projects with a focus on advancing the security of online services using big data analytics and machine learning. Her work helped protect millions of users of various Microsoft services including (formerly Hotmail), and Bing Ads. This was also where she met DataVisor’s co-founder and CTO Fang Yu. Their work during this time also laid the foundation of what would later become DataVisor.

Over the years, Yinglian saw firsthand the evolution of cyberattacks targeting Microsoft. Cybercriminals and fraudsters were becoming more sophisticated, utilizing a variety of tools and techniques to get around existing security systems and detection methods. The increasing number of online services and the wealth of personal information was also making it harder for businesses to protect themselves and their customers. Yinglian became increasingly concerned that the threats facing internet services was outpacing innovation in cybersecurity.

Fast forward to today, DataVisor has protected more than 3 billion users globally, including some of the largest financial institutions and internet properties including Pinterest, Yelp and Alibaba Group. Investors also have recognized the company’s potential, with top-tier venture capital firms such as NEA and Sequoia China backing our company. This February we closed a $40 million Series C round, with which I plan to expand both our product development and business teams in order to further improve our products and expand our business globally.


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