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GirlGeek of the Week
December 1999

Madalyn Kastenbaum

Madalyn Kastenbaum

I first became interested in computers back in the early '80s. I was doing contract work for a guy in Houston who installed computers (hardware/software) in doctors offices. My job was to train the staff on how to use the medical software system. It was so cool. I was hooked from that time on. Over the years I learned more and more about computers, then in 1994 I got totally hooked onto the Internet. It was so different back then. Funny how much changes in 5 years! Once I was online, I never got off.

In late 1995 I was learning HTML and playing with Website ideas when it occurred to me that I could start a business designing Websites. I opened for business in early January 1996 as CyberSites Web Design, later changing the name to Orbit Web Design. I was the sales team, marketing department, accounting, and Website programmer all rolled into one! It was a blast meeting with people who were interested in the Internet and wanted a Website. My business has grown over the years into something I'm very proud of.

When did you first discover your love and/or obsession with computers and technology?

My love/obsession for computers and technology evolved over the years but really hit me hard in 1994. I can't imagine my life without a computer and the Internet.

How do you earn a living?

I earn a living as President/Owner of Orbit Web Design. I handle all sales and oversee all projects. It's a very rewarding job. Although most of the time it doesn't feel like a job!

Do you consider yourself a Geek?

Sure, a cool geek!

What is your favorite Website?

That would be my very first cool Website, I was playing with HTML and wanted to learn more by creating a Website for fun that I could update and play with often. I grew up playing guitar and have a tremendous love for music so it would only suit me to develop a site for women musicians. It was launched in January 1996, the same time I started my web design business. It has grown into something big and I love it! I have met many cool women musicians from all over the world because of the Website.

What do you do when you are not working?

Spending quality time with my son, and going on what I call "photo safaris" in and around Houston. I'm quite the photographer. I even have a Website showing off my work at


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