#BlackHistoryMonth: Celebrating Lisa Gelobter- The Foremost Scientist Who Laid Groundwork For Gif

By Duchess Magazine

Lisa Gelobter

Black History Month has officially kicked off this October and in celebration we salute computer scientist extraordinaire Lisa Gelobter.

In today’s communication world, the Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) is major but while Steve Wilhite and his team is credited for having created the bitmap image format while working for Compuserve in 1987, Gelobter, a computer scientist laid the foundation program by developing the animation used to produce GIF images, forever changing the face of communication.

Lisa Gelobter is Founder and CEO of tEQuitable. With over 25 years of experience as a software engineer ranging from small scale startups to large established companies and a background in strategy development, business operations, user-centered design, product management, and engineering, the brilliant mind with proven track record has worked on several pioneering Internet technologies, including Shockwave, Hulu, creation of web animation and online video – Brightcove and Joost.

The 49 year old prior to public service, was the Chief Digital Officer for BET Networks and was a member of the senior management team for the launch of Hulu.
Most recently, she served as Chief Digital Service Officer for the United States Department of Education during the Presidency of Barack Obama, where she helped to improve HealthCare.gov, reducing the number of individual pages and overall application time. She led the team that built the United States Department of Education College Scorecard.

In 2016, the tech guru founded tEQuitable an independent, confidential platform which uses technology to make workplaces more equitable, addressing issues of bias, harassment, and discrimination. The top entreprenuer raised more than $2 million for the platform.

Lisa Gelobter was named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People and is one of the first 40 Black women ever to have raised over $1m in venture capital funding.

Well Done Queen!

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