Leah Culver

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Leah Culver
Speaking in 2008 at The Next Web Conference (Amsterdam)
Born (1982-11-05) November 5, 1982 (age 38)
Alma materUniversity of Minnesota

Leah Culver (born November 5, 1982) is a computer programmer and startup founder.

Culver is a 2006 computer science graduate of the University of Minnesota.[1] After graduating, she worked at the startups iLoop Mobile and Instructables.[2] While working at Instructables, she received attention for etching company logos onto her laptop, which was funded by that ad space.[3]

In 2007, she co-founded the micro-blogging site Pownce,[4] acquired by Six Apart in December 2008. Culver was named among the Most Influential Women in Web 2.0 by Fast Company magazine in November 2008.[1] She left Six Apart in February 2010.[5]

She co-founded Convore,[6] focused on real time chat [7] in 2011. Convore pivoted into Grove,[8] a chat service for workgroups, which she sold to Revolution Systems in October 2012. In 2012, Culver was featured in the documentary The Startup Kids.[9] From 2013 to 2016, Culver worked as an engineer at Dropbox.

Leah Culver was CTO of Breaker,[10][11] which she co-founded with Erik Berlin in December 2016. In 2019, Culver was a part of Girl Geek X's 30 Female CTOs to Watch list.[12] In January 2021 the Breaker team joined Twitter.[13] She is currently an engineer at Twitter.[14]


  1. ^ a b Chaudhuri, Saabira (6 November 2008). "Most Influential Women in Web 2.0". Fast Company Magazine. Mansueto Ventures LLC. Archived from the original on 5 December 2010. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  2. ^ Chaudhuri, Saabira (2008-11-06). "Most Influential Women in Web 2.0". Fast Company. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  3. ^ Calore, Michael (2006-11-20). "Leah Culver's Etched Laptop". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  4. ^ Pontin, Jason (2007-07-29). "A Social-Networking Service With a Velvet Rope". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  5. ^ Kincaid, Jason (12 February 2010). "Pownce Founder Leah Culver Leaves Six Apart". TechCrunch. TechCrunch. Retrieved 10 March 2011.
  6. ^ "About – Leah Culver's Blog". Retrieved 12 April 2011.
  7. ^ "Does chat have a future? Leah Culver thinks so" Scobeleizer interview March 21, 2010
  8. ^ "Convore is reborn as Grove.io, a chat service for businesses". Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  9. ^ "The Interviewees". The Startup Kids. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  10. ^ Minkel, Elizabeth (2017-08-01). "Breaker breaker! Leah Culver on starting up a new podcast platform". Medium. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  11. ^ "Founder Stories: Leah Culver of Breaker". Retrieved 5 April 2017.
  12. ^ "30 Female CTOs to Watch in 2019". Girl Geek X - Connecting Forward-Looking Women in Tech For Over A Decade!. 2019-02-18. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  13. ^ "The Breaker team is joining Twitter!". 2021-01-04. Retrieved 2021-01-10.
  14. ^ "Leah Culver on Twitter". 2021-01-04. Retrieved 2021-01-10.

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