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
- Attended Foo Camp at O’Reilly Media July 2015
- One of 15 DevOps and Security Experts You Should Be Following on Twitter by Checkmarx in August 2015
And finally, Craig Engler, Senior Executive at SyFy, immortalized one of my tweets (seen in the header of this page) at the 140conf after I had explained my displeasure at their version of a Lovecraft classic.
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.)