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If you鈥檝e ever used flight-booking app Hopper before, you know how easy it makes buying that romantic trip to Hawaii or girls鈥 weekend to Vegas.

One of the brains behind this innovative app is none other than 29-year-old Head of Product Maggie Moran. She landed at the company four years ago and now shapes Hopper鈥檚 future direction, working with the team at large to transform ideas into strategy and build out new features on the app.

鈥淭he coolest part of my job is that every day, I get to work with incredibly bright, creative people on solving complex problems for which I have an insane amount of passion,鈥 says Moran. 鈥淥h, and I get to bring my dog Rosie to work.鈥

Moran鈥檚 background actually isn鈥檛 in tech 鈥 she was an English and sociology double major. Fresh out of college, she landed at a startup where she dallied in operations, marketing, and, finally, product development, which she fell in love with.

鈥淓nglish and sociology degrees aren鈥檛 tech,鈥 says Moran. 鈥淏ut synthesizing information, clearly communicating a thesis, handling ambiguity, thinking critically, understanding human behavior 鈥 those skills are pretty crucial.鈥

Moran鈥檚 been an avid traveler ever since she was a kid. Backpacking with her brother, solo vacations to bougie beach hotels, and long weekends at Airbnbs with friends are all up her alley, though South Africa remains the most fascinating destination she鈥檚 ever visited.

鈥淚 really love animals, so getting to see the Big Five (African lion, African elephant, Cape buffalo, African leopard, and rhinoceros) amble around the bush was one of those dream-like experiences,鈥 says Moran.

She adds: 鈥淎nd the sunsets didn鈥檛 suck.鈥

Thankfully, her job offers plenty of opportunity to travel. Aside from jaunts to the company鈥檚 head offices in Montreal and Massachusetts, Hopper also lets her work remotely 鈥 she just returned from a trip to Spain and the Netherlands.

It鈥檚 an exciting place to be right now; Hopper鈥檚 considered a disruptive force in the travel industry. Most people still book flights on their desktop computer, but Hopper is banking on a global trend that favors mobile.

For now, Moran continues to forge forward and find ways to make Hopper even more intuitive. And while the tech industry is a notoriously tough place to work for women, Moran thankfully hasn鈥檛 personally experienced any sexism. That said, she wants to make one thing loud and clear to men in the industry.

鈥淐heck yourself and welcome women to the table as your equals,鈥 advises Moran. 鈥淲e don鈥檛 need to make women prove themselves; the responsibility isn鈥檛 on them to be accepted.鈥

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(Photos via Hopper and Maggie Moran)