Selina Tobaccowala, Entrepreneur


Serial entrepreneur Selina Tobaccowala is on a mission to shine a light on people when they need it most - after 20 burpees. Selina is the co-founder and CEO of Gixo, a health and wellness startup on a mission to improve global health and activity rates by revolutionizing the fitness experience. Gixo's app provides access to live, affordable personalized fitness classes right to people's phones. Gixo pairs live coaches with technology to motivate and inspire people of all fitness levels to hit their goals and keep them excited and engaged throughout their workouts.

As one of the few women in highly technical roles in Silicon Valley, Selina has had her own incredible cheerleaders along the way. One particularly supportive mentor was Dave Goldberg, who was the CEO of SurveyMonkey. Over the more than 5 years that he was her boss, Dave regularly met with her to share advice on how she can become a CEO. 

Selina is now playing the role of mentor to women in tech, providing the same support she received from Dave and others. It’s been said that “you can’t become what you don’t see in the world.” Selina takes this sentiment to heart and has dedicated herself to being the example that women can strive toward. By becoming a CTO and then a CEO, she is living that example and inspiring the women around her to become leaders as well.

Selina shines on Elena Verna. Elena joined SurveyMonkey as a data analyst and rose to become the company’s SVP of Growth in large part due to her unrelenting dedication to learning. 

Check out the video to hear more of Selina's Shine Together story.