I’m a high-tech C.E.O. by day and a mom of four (plus two daughters-in-law that I adore) and grandmother of one by night. I have always been a night owl so I suppose I’m also a late-night C.E.O. I was born in Brooklyn, NY, grew up on Long Island in the “golden ghetto” of Great Neck. I’ve lived in Northern California since 1988 – long enough that my husband reminds me, whenever I say I’m from New York, that I’ve lived in California longer than I ever lived in New York.
I’ve worked or been in graduate school during my entire parenting career. With all the juggling that implies, I didn’t have time for many hobbies unless they involved my children – fortunately most of them do! I love music (playing and listening), travel, reading, family dinners, photography, and hiking in the beautiful hills around my Woodside home.
Family, both immediate and extended, is incredibly important to me. My husband Steve (an entrepreneur himself and Venture Partner at http://www.orbimed.com) and I love spending time with our 13 nieces and nephews, siblings, parents and cousins.
I’ve always been passionate about music. I grew up playing violin, viola and piano and one of my greatest joys has been helping my children learn to love music and watching them perform. I love all kinds of music, from opera, to jazz, to rock & roll. I’m a bit old fashioned when it comes to how I listen to my music, though – while I use my iPod on the go, I am partial to my CD player and DCM speakers at home.
I’m also an avid reader. Here’s a link to some of my recent and favorite books– my taste is broad but I particularly love biographies and historical fiction.
For exercise and relaxation I love to hike. I hike the http://dish.stanford.edu/ regularly. My new favorite hike is Russian Ridge Open Space preserve.
I’m quite liberal though I love a good political debate and I particularly value diversity of opinions as well as backgrounds.
I have been fascinated by technology since it became accessible – I got one of the first Lisa computers when I was in my senior year at Dartmouth and had my first IBM PC in 1984. While I am not an engineer I am an avid user of new software and devices. I believe I had almost every generation of Palm device (VX being my favorite) then multiple BlackBerries and now am loving my many iOS and Android devices. I consider myself lucky to have had the opportunity to work in this industry the last 23 years.
More on all of these topics to come in blog posts. Thanks for reading.
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