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GirlGeek of the Week
September 2000

Bethany R. Swain

Bethany R. Swain

In the geek continuum (which is vast) Bethany Swain falls in the "extreme user, learner, and advocate" area. She feeds her addiction to technology constantly and mocks her fellow employees for not being nearly as savvy. Once mired in the under-technologized worlds of not-for-profit management, Bethany is now an overly-wired sales rep at Internet startup, Perceptual Robotics. All the while she is helping others to find their own geekiness and teaching them to embrace the tech addiction just as she has.

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

It sort of snuck up on me. It wasn't an obsession until I realized how much my life REQUIRED computers. I believe it was 1996. You know it's an obsession when the first thing you do when you get home from work is turn on your computer after having spent an entire day staring at one at work!

How do you earn a living?

As Mistress Divine (nice title, eh?). That means I'm the sales liaison between Perceptual Robotics and fellow divine interVentures companies. Divine recently invested $13M in Perceptual Robotics.

Do you consider yourself a Geek?

Most definitely--and proud of it!

What is your favorite Website?

The Internet Movie Database. I love looking up movies while I'm watching them so I have instant access to the entire cast, the director, etc. It's a great way to put together a list of "movies I need to rent". Also, you have instant answers to questions like, "what movie was he in besides this??? You know, the one with Kevin Bacon."

What do you do when you're not working?

Play the electric cello in my band Gaberdine.

What's your motto?

Be humble and learn as much as you can.

Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Janeane Garofalo

What would be the title of your autobiography?

"über techno wench"


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