I am the founder/editor
of POSTHOC which is an online guide to San Francisco made up entirely
of volunteers. My real world job (that pays my rent) is as a PR consultant
to high tech companies.
I grew up in Scotland before it turned techie. Silicon Glen didn't
exist back then and if it did, I was oblivious. I went to a school
where it was compulsory to write all essays with a fountain pen,
where Mary Queen of Scots spent the night in our school library
way back then, and where I took four years of Latin because it was
required. Until a few years ago, I was more comfortable with Virgil
than an Apple.
After I graduated from college with a history degree (don't ever
let anyone tell you history is dead! It's brilliant.), I moved out
to San Francisco. I was just lucky enough to get a job through the
newspaper at an advertising and PR agency that specialized in tech
clients. I was drawn to the Internet companies. I'm naturally curious
and often impatient and the Internet satisfies me quickly. But constantly
pitching clients without a firm grip of all that goes on behind
the scenes grated me. As a result, I went back to school at night
at San Francisco State's Multimedia Center and immersed myself in
the SF tech world. I started POSTHOC as soon as I finished that
semester. Whirlwind learning.
In the immediate future, I'm taking off to India for three months
or so to travel alone around the country. I'll be writing a weekly
column on POSTHOC about my travels and snooping at the tech scene
over there. I can't wait. I'm kicking off the trip with Internet
World in Delhi. Maybe I'll even lay down the seeds to a POSTHOC
community in India. I hope so.
When did you first discover your love
and/or obsession with computers and technology?
Ohhh, I'm a junior GirlGeek. I only really learned how to turn
on a computer about five years ago. And it happened by accident.
I love to research things and ferret out information. I fell in
love with the Internet. After a year of the love affair, I realized
I wanted to understand the Internet. So, I went back to school.
How do you earn a living?
I have my own public relations business called BestPR. I'm a public
relations consultant for technology companies. It's my non-geeky
side of life.
Do you consider yourself a Geek?
Well, I have a wireless modem and have had one for a couple of
years. And I adore it even though sometimes it's not as fast as
I wish. But the technology is cool! That's pretty geeky. I've got
three computers at home (where I also work). Also, my kitchen table
has two laptops on it and getting into the kitchen for all the wires
can be a challenge. Going to the computer supply store is far more
fun than most movies but that's not saying much, is it?
What is your favorite Website?
POSTHOC: The Upfront Guide to San Francisco. I started it a year
ago because I didn't really feel that any of the other local city
guides reflected all the characters that live in San Francisco.
The site has grown super quickly: there are about 55 writers and
editors now who all contribute to the site on a volunteer basis.
I love POSTHOC because the people behind the scenes of the site
are all so talented in different ways. And they all have an opinion.
Gotta love that!
is brilliant. It always gets me out of binds and teaches me new
tips with software.
They continue to have fabulous writing. In fact, the writing on
that site makes me cry at least once a week. Usually in between
my hoots of laughter.
What do you do when you are not working?
I run POSTHOC. It's fairly time consuming. At the moment, I'm still
doing all the production of the site, managing all the writers and
editors and doing the majority of the editing. I try to meet with
at least one or two different writers a week.