Sarah Allen (software developer)

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Sarah Allen
Sarah Lindsley
OccupationEntrepreneur and software developer

Sarah Allen (born Sarah Lindsley)[1] is an American software developer and entrepreneur.[2] Allen attended Brown University in Rhode Island, where she majored in computer science and visual arts. Early in her career, she led the development of Adobe Shockwave Multiuser Server, Flash Media Server, and Flash video, and co-founded the company that created Adobe After Effects.[1][3][4] In 2013, Allen was selected for the Presidential Innovation Fellows program working with the Smithsonian Institution.[5]


In 2010, Allen co-founded and serves as the chief technology officer of mobile startup Mightyverse. In parallel she is the founder of San Francisco-based Ruby on Rails consultancy Blazing Cloud, a product-centric mobile application consulting firm.[6] In 2010, she co-authored the book Pro Smartphone Cross-Platform Development.

Representation of women[edit]

In the Silicon Valley community, Allen contributes her time to improving the representation of women in technology as the president of RailsBridge, which aims to "bridge the gap from aspiring developer to contributing open source community member through mentoring, teaching and writing".[7]


In 1998, Allen was named one of the Top 25 Women of the Web by San Francisco Women on the Web.[8] Allen was honored on Ada Lovelace Day by the Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners in 2010[9] and participated in the mobile-themed Google Tech Talk[10] at the company's headquarters in Mountain View. In 2013, Allen was chosen as a Presidential Innovation Fellow and worked for six months with the Smithsonian Institution.



  • "Sarah Allen is Creating Women Programmers, One Free Ruby on Rails Workshop at a Time". TechFemme. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  • "#21, Sarah Allen, Chief Geek, Mightyverse:Software Designers~The People Behind the Code~(英語". … 技術評論社. Retrieved 2014-01-10.
  • "Interview with Sarah Allen". National Center for Women & Information Technology. Retrieved 2014-01-10.


  1. ^ a b Meyer, Trish; Meyer, Chris (15 May 2000). Creating Motion Graphics. 3. CMP Books. ISBN 0879306068.
  2. ^ Eisenberg, Bart. "Software Designers~The People Behind the Code", Software Design Magazine, January 2011 print issue (Japanese).(English web article date: 2010年12月18日発売
  3. ^ "An Interview with Sarah Allen". National Center for Women in Information Technology. 14 January 2011. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  4. ^ Ganguly, Rupak (1 July 2010), "Interview with Sarah Allen", Rail Magazine, vol. 2 no. 1, pp. 11–13, ISSN 1916-8004
  5. ^ "Presidential Innovation Fellows: Meet the Fellows: Round 2". The White House. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
  6. ^ Reider, Matt. "Engine Yard Cloud Out Loud S01E03: Sarah Allen", Engine Yard, December 2010
  7. ^ Watters, Audrey. "RailsBridge: Encouraging Women to Program with Free Ruby on Rails Workshops" Read Write Web, January 19, 2011.
  8. ^ Moon, Amy (30 January 1998). "Webgrrls: Top 25 women on the Web". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2 June 2012.
  9. ^ "Ada Lovelace Day" Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners. Mar 24, 2010.
  10. ^ "Girl Geek Dinner #5: How to Succeed in Mobile" Bay Area Girl Geek Dinners. Feb. 17, 2010 on YouTube