A message from Leona, "Chief Hackeress" --
In 2004, I was about as close to burnout as an overly-studious 24-year old could be. I'd earned an MBA and an Accounting / AIS degree, but the prospect of the corporate "financial" world: wearing suits and high heels and accounting firm work seemed less-than-fabulous. Given the flaws in the system and what we'd been able to derive about what had gone wrong in the Enron scandal during studies at my University, I knew that world was not for me; not a dime of the big bucks or allure of early retirement could convince me otherwise.
For the next three and a half years, I and my cat lived a fairly spartan and transient existence, with as few belongings as would fit in my car. We moved from place to place around the wild West – Arizona, Utah, Oregon, Nevada and California. I worked odd 'techie' jobs to buy cat food, reading materials and to pay rent – but I mostly lived to write for websites, and to bury my nose in whatever technical manuals I could get my hands on. In 2005 I picked up a copy of Red Hat Fedora Core 4; and that is, for all practical purposes, my "root" in Linux. Applying my education to tools of open-source, I founded Zentu, LLC in February 2006 and launched the first version of the site soon thereafter. It went through many designs and received a lot of love, but the core mission and values have stayed basically the same.
For a few years, I worked "in the industry" in Silicon Valley and the Bay area. In 2010, Hackeress Creative Studio was born. Today it is an entirely independent enterprise.
When I'm not in the middle of some coding or network project, my non-coding interests include "professional" Scrabble (as in the literal board game -- no cheats), kitchen gourmet, and exploring remote wild places. Thanks for stopping by, and please feel free to drop a line if you have any questions.
Palo Alto, CA