The 2013 Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs

This year's crew of founders may span industries, but they all share a similar fearlessness that helped their companies find success.

Leila Janah

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  • Company: Samasource
  • Age: 31

In 2008, Janah talked to a call center worker from Dharavi, India, the largest slum in South Asia, while working as a consultant. The worker said there were millions of unemployed villagers as talented as he was. "I thought, 'What if outsourcing could generate a few dollars for billions of people, rather than billions of dollars for a wealthy few?'" Janah says. She went on to launch Samasource, a tech platform that connects impoverished women and youth with large corporations like Google, LinkedIn, and Microsoft to complete digital projects. To date, the non-profit has helped over 16,000 people rise above the poverty line and it recently launched SamaUSA, a domestic program for low-income students living in San Francisco.

  @FortuneMagazine - Last updated October 10 2013 08:02 AM ET
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