Name: Gina Trapani
Short biography: Gina Trapani was born in Brooklyn, NY, in 1975.1 Thirty years later, Trapani launched Lifehacker, the Gawker lifestyle and tech blog; Trapani was the lead editor until January 2009 when she transitioned to feature writer. Since then, Trapani’s gone on to a variety of other online ventures and creation of mobile apps, including a (now defunct) blog at the Harvard Business Review, the app ThinkUp: Social, the app Todo.txt and Narrow the Gapp, “a U.S. Department of Labor data-based website about the gender wage gap.”2 Trapani is also the author of multiple tech/lifestyle books. She currently lives in San Diego, Calif.1
What they do: Trapani continues to work on the ThinkUp and Todo.txt apps and the Narrow the Gapp website. She also takes part in a weekly podcast with Kevin Purdy, In Beta, “a talk show about tech culture, making open source software, and how mobile, social, and web apps are changing the world.”3 Trapani also takes part in This Week in Google, “a web show which covers the latest news about the cloud and Google.”4 Girl’s seriously connected with the tech lifestyle.
Why they matter: As the creator of Lifehacker, Trapani was instrumental the tech-assisted productivity movement and the creator of many open-source projects.4 She also continues to be an influential online player with her apps, podcasts, writing, etc.; she’s been named to top Twitter lists multiple (multiple) times, including once in Wired’s GeekDad blog and once in the New York Times.2
Trapani is also outspoken about the need for a more balanced tech workplace (of which we here at Gadchick are also fans). In an May 2012 CNN op-ed, she spoke out against companies recruiting “brogrammers:”5:
The tech industry's testosterone level can make the thickest-skinned women consider a different career. But the rise of the brogrammer joke and its ensuing backlash has some benefits: It helps talented women choose worthy employers, it gives a name and face to a problem that plagues the industry and it publicly shames some of the most sexist offenders.
Her other achievements include:
- Being included in Fast Company’s list of "The Most Influential Women in Technology" in 2009 and 2010.2
- Being awarded a Wired Rave Award in 2006.2
How they got where they are: Seemingly, Trapani wanted to create products that would help others—and once she got started (with Lifehacker), she couldn’t stop herself.
References: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5