The 25 Most Influential African-Americans In Technology

7. Malik Ducard

Director of content partnerships, YouTube
Ducard is responsible for developing partnerships between YouTube and film, TV, and new media companies. Under Ducard’s leadership, YouTube launched YouTube Live, started offering movie rentals from Paramount Pictures, and partnered with ABC News, Al Jazeera English, BuzzFeed, and other news organizations for presidential election coverage back in 2012.

Before joining Google in 2010, Ducard served as the senior vice president of digital distribution at Paramount.

6. Lisa Lambert

Managing Director of Software and Services, Intel Capital

Lambert joined Intel Capital back in 1999. Before that, Lambert held an executive role at Intel’s Desktop Products Group, where she was responsible for the Pentium II and III processing systems.

She’s invested in and helped exit companies including VMWare, Financial Engines, OpenFeint, and MySQL.

5. Kirk McDonald

President, PubMatic 
McDonald joined digital media platform PubMatic in October 2011, bringing with him more than two decades of experience at media companies like Time and CNET.

Last year, AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher reported that Yahoo was looking to buy ad tech companies, including Pubmatic.

4. Ken Coleman

Chairman, MIPS Technologies, Inc
Kenneth Coleman is a long-time tech veteran, having held numerous executive positions at technical computing company SGI, video game company Activision, and Hewlett Packard.

Today, Coleman serves on the board of two public tech firms: MIPS Technologies and scientific enterprise software company Accelrys.

Coleman also previously founded enterprise software company ITM.

3. David Drummond

Senior Vice President — Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer, Google
David Drummond has been involved with Google since the search giant’s early days. While working as a partner at law firm Wilson & Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, he served as Google’s first outside counsel. Drummond was right there alongside Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin when the company was raising its first fundraising rounds, and also helped them incorporate the company.

Today, Drummond continues to lead Google’s teams for legal, government relations, and corporate development. He’s played a huge role in defending Google against antitrust regulators in Europe.

2. Shellye Archambeau

CEO, MetricStream

Shellye Archambeau came on board with enterprise software provider MetricStream in 2002 as its chief executive officer. Archambeau also holds a board position at media and marketing firm Arbitron.

In her career, Archambeau has held several executive roles at companies including Arbitron, Loudcloud, NorthPoint Communications, and Inc. In 2000, Internet World named her one of the top 25 “Click and Mortar” executives in the country.

1. John Thompson

CEO, Virtual Instruments
During Thompson’s senior year at Florida A&M University, he joined IBM as a sales representative. He ended up staying for 28 years, and eventually rose to become general manager of IBM Americas.

In 1999, Thompson got an offer from Symantec that he couldn’t turn down: the chance to be president and chief executive officer of the cloud security giant. He eventually retired in 2009, but started investing in early-stage startups.

Cloud computing startup Virtual Instruments was one of them. In 2009, Thompson joined Virtual Instruments’ board of directors, and stepped in as CEO in 2010. He only intended to stay for a few months, but investors would only finance the company if Thompson stayed on board as CEO.


By: Megan Rose Dickey