GirlGeek of the Week
Roya Zamanzadeh, Pear's chief executive officer spent
more than nine years managing international business projects before
she was mesmerized by the networking possibilities of the World
Wide Web and the Internet. In 1994, Zamanzadeh made a career change
and began to manage multimedia projects, working with such firms
as Organic Online, and W3-design, and has managing the development
of many Web sites, including the Sony ITA site.
Zamanzadeh has been the chief editor of Zan, a directory/anthology
on Iranian women, since march of 1995. She has degrees in international
relations and French literature, as well as a masters degree in
women's studies from San Francisco State University. 1999 proved
to be an amazing year for Zamanzadeh. In January, she was listed
as one of the Top 25 Women of the Web by San Francisco Women on
the Web (SF WoW). In April, she was featured in Wired magazine and
in May she gave birth to her first child, Kian.
do you earn a living?
I am the CEO and president of Pear
Transmedia. My day is spent staying on top of tons of email,
meeting with clients and potential clients, sending out proposals
and taking charge of our fast-growing company.
did you first discover your love and/or obsession with computers
Five years ago I discovered networking and the Web. This newfound
way of reaching people across the globe without censorship mesmerized
me. I take advantage of this every day.
Do you consider yourself a Geek?
I do not.
is your favorite Website?
I love searching for sites that are unknown and Yahoo! is broad
enough to facilitate that hunt. I also visit CNN.com
frequently for news.
What do you do when you are not working?
Think about work and how to strategize better.