I’m just your average hacker/dev/infosec-nerd/scuba diver/blacksmith/sword-fighter/crime fighter/ENTP/warcrafter/speaker/author/activist, and I am the former CTO at a business innovation agency in New York City, currently exploring the startup CTO world.
I started and maintain a free open source IT asset management application called Snipe IT, and wrote a silly browser plugin called Downworthy that got a bit of press in early 2014. I also run a funny Tumblr for devops/infosec/developer type people.
I’ve been lucky enough to do some cool stuff in my thirty-something years. Some quick and interesting tidbits (in no particular order):
- Worked with tigers and lions (no bears, oh my) in 2003
- I wear an 8GB HP flash drive in each ear as earrings and usually have 24 GB free space on me at any time.
- Co-authored a few books on PHP/MySQL
- Study the Israeli martial art of krav maga
- Currently learning Japanese
- PADI certified advanced open water diver, and have been lucky enough to dive the Blue Hole in Belize
- Featured in People Magazine in 2004.
- One of the 10 finalists in the Animal Planet Hero of the Year contest in 2006.
- In April 2009 and May 2012, named one of Wired Magazine’s Top 100 Geeks to Follow on Twitter.
- One of my tweets is immortalized in the screenshots for the Twitter client Spaz, where I’m threatening to poop in the koi pond of a Dave & Busters.
- One of about 30 open source developers that was invited to attend the exclusive Microsoft Web Developer’s Summit in December 2009.
- Guest on the Angry Mac Bastards podcast in August 2009.
- Snipe.Net was featured in Web Designer Magazine in July 2009.
- One of my Twitter comments was read to Kato Kaelin on Comment TV in response to his (idiotic) new web project, IT Chicks. (See around 2:20)
- Featured on Mashable.Com in July 2010 as one of 15 developer/hacker women to follow on Twitter.
- Quoted in Salon.Com in Oct 2010 on an article touching on what it’s like to be a female programmer in a male-dominated industry. (You can read my entire reply to the reporter here.)
- In Jan 2011, I was a guest on the 017 episode of the Social Engineering podcast.
- In April 2011, I was interviewed by gaming culture website Delta Attack for their new feature on gamer chicks.
- Speaker at Macworld/MacIT in 2012.
- Raised $1,500 in a fundraiser for the Electronic Frontier Foundation by promising to get a mohawk at Defcon 20 (which I did)
- Appeared in the Feb 2013 issue of FastCompany magazine.
- Listed as one of 23 Thought-Provoking Enterprise Tech Execs That Smart People Are Following On Twitter by Business Insider in May 2013.
- Listed as one of the Top 25 female Infosec leaders to follow on Twitter by Information Security Buzz in July 2013
- Attended Foo Camp at O’Reilly Media June 2013
- Listed as one of Five developers to follow on Twitter by Venture Beat in September 2013.
- Highlighted as one of 12 Women CTOs You Should Know on Hackbright.
- Created a browser plugin called Downworthy that was written up in AdAge, Washington Post, BoingBoing and many other.
- Speaker at Macworld/MacIT March 2014
- Keynote speaker at LonestarPHP April 2014
- Featured in Digiday on Net Neutrality and the TWC/Comcast merger.
- Featured in CEOWorldMagazine in April 2014 as one of the Top Chief Security Officers (CSOs) to Follow on Twitter
- Invited to Creativ Week in Las Vegas May 2014
- Featured guest of episode 64 of the Downtown Podcast
- Speaker at dotScale in Paris May 2014
- Guest on episode 303 of The BeanCast: The Cheesus
- Attended Foo Camp at O’Reilly Media June 2014
His response to my tweet was nothing short of epic. He sent me a DM cheerfully explaining that everyone at SyFy “hoped I was feeling better soon!” Apparently, he still uses that example at conferences when he presents, so I end up getting random flurries of @replies from complete strangers referencing my rectal problems.
So I guess I’m doing something right, if offensive, angry geek rants are your thing. ;) If you want to hear more, follow me on Twitter. (You may want to check out my warning about following me on Twitter, and my caution on why I may not follow you back on Twitter if you’re a wanker before following, though.)