Summary: Co-founder and former chief technology officer of cloud company Confluent has become the youngest self-made woman entrepreneur in Harun India’s rich list.

Indian American entrepreneur Neha Narkhede (37) has made it to the list of India’s youngest self-made woman entrepreneurs on the Hurun India Rich List 2022. Born in Pune, Neha, co-Founder of Confluent- a streaming data technology company now figures in the IIFL Wealth list for 2022.

In June 2021, Confluent had risen to 25 percent on the NASDAQ, reaching a market valuation of US $11.4 billion. The eleventh edition of IIFL Wealth Hurun Rich List included 1,103 individuals this year, up by 96 from 2021, across 122 cities. With a net worth of Rs 13,380 crores, Neha is 8th amongst the top 10 richest Indian women on the Hurun Rich List.

The Kotak Private Banking Hurun Leading Wealthy Women List 2021, published by Hurun Report, is the third annual list of India’s wealthiest women entrepreneurs and professional managers. According to the list, nine of the 20 women under the age of 40 are self-made.

Her Educational Background

Born and brought up in Pune, Neha did her BSc in Engineering from SCTR’s Pune Institute of Computer Technology. In 2006, after graduation, she joined Georgia Tech and later joined Oracle where she worked till 2010.

In February 2010, Neha joined LinkedIn as a software engineer. In two years she donned various hats on the professional social media platform. In September 2014, along with her colleague she left Linkedin to build Confluent, a multi-billion dollar tech company. She was the CTO of the tech giant until January 2020. Currently, she is an independent consultant to tech enterprises and helps them scale.

Her Father Was Her Inspiration!

When she was asked about her biggest inspiration, Neha excitedly replies—‘My Father’. She shares that her father has been the single largest influence in her career. He would narrate her stories of trailblazing women and has cultivated a sense of empowerment in her.

Neha is also 55th on the 2022 America’s Self-Made Woman list by Forbes. In 2018, she was inducted as World’s Top 50 Women in Tech and also America’s Top 50 Women in Tech. Neha is also the winner of the 2022 Technology Entrepreneurship Abie Award.

Her dedication and self-belief are the major contributors that made her successful. If you too want to achieve something bigger in life, be persistent, passionate, and dedicated towards your goals.

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