Who Inspire Us
Smith is CEO of PlanetOut,
an Internet site that provides a vibrant, welcoming and safe community
for all gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people as well as their
family and friends.
came to PlanetOut from General Magic, Inc., where she worked for
six years serving as manager, European alliances; manager, partners
and licensing; lead mechanical engineer for Magic Cap 1.0; and hardware
team projects manager. While at Magic, Smith closed $9 million of
equity financing from Toshiba and Nortel and $2 million in software
and hardware licensing deals including Philips and Nortel; managed
the partner relationships with OEM's Sony, Apple, Motorola, Matsushita,
Philips and Nortel, and led the mechanical engineering of the original
reference prototype PDA's and Smart Phones.
Smith worked at Apple Computer Japan in Tokyo with responsibility
for market development of the then nascent multimedia market where
she and her colleague executed a full day of NHK programming on
holds a B.S.M.E. and M.S.M.E. in mechanical engineering from the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her work included two years
at MIT's Media Lab, working with Woodie Flowers, Alan Kay and Marvin
Minsky as part of the Apple Computer Vivarium early learning project.
She served on the Board of Trustees of MIT for five years as a recent
graduate of the university. While at MIT, Smith was the captain
of the women's varsity swim team, president of the MIT Athletic
Association, and was a member of the MIT-Solectria student team
who designed, built and raced a solar car in the first Cross-Continental
Solar Car race, 2000 miles across the Australian outback.
years, Smith has designed an award-winning bicycle lock, worked
as part of the team on a Space Station engineering construction
experiment that eventually flew on the U.S. Space Shuttle, and run
a field research study on solar cook stoves in Ecuador and Bolivia.