As much as I love the fellas that have been featured in our Geeks We Love V-Day showdown, I can't help but give some love to one of the coolest "Cats" in the industry. This versatile gadget guru gal is not only eBay's Gadget and Toy Director, but she is also the founder of HiTechMommy, a site which caters to all things tech for gadget-loving parents. The woman I am referring to is the fabulous Cat Schwartz! Cat is most commonly known for her appearances on shows like Live With Regis and Kelly, MSNBC's Hot List and The Today Show, and can be found making fun videos like eBay's Granny gadget makeover holiday video. With a resume that's so long and diverse, you can't help but admire how she's paving the way for the rest of us in this otherwise male-dominated field. To learn more about Cat, check out our interview below!
GS: If someone were to describe a typical day in the life of Cat Schwartz, what would they say?
CS: First off they would say, baby Jack needs to sleep in his own bed and not in mamma's because to start off the day with footprints all over your back is no way to live. Also, not eating until noon is bad for your health, and working from your couch with the TV and radio on can't be very productive.
GS: Who is someone in the tech industry you admire, and why?
CS: I'd say my fellow chick tech reporters like yourself, Veronica Belmont from Engadget and Mahalo, Kara Rowland from The Washington Times and Natali Del Conte of CNET. I'm really happy to see all of us busting out great content and being kind to each other along the way. Rock on, ladies.
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GS: What are some gadgets you are addicted to right now and can't seem to live without?
CS: For sure the SideKick LX. Love it. Love looking at it even when I'm not using it. Is that normal? Next is my Zeppelin speaker system. . . Another gadget that I can't help but drool over, even when it's off. The design on this speaker system is to die for and once it starts kickin' out The Beastie Boys, for me, I'm in lust all over again.
Last, lately I've been really using my Magellan Maestro Elite 5340 GPS way too much. I mean, I've been programming in the route to my house just to watch how I digitally move around the world!
GS: I noticed a special section on your site featuring camera phone images. The quality of the pictures are exceptional (Jack is sooo adorable)! Do tell — what kind of phone do you use and do you still use a regular camera?
CS: Yeah, baby! That's all my Sidekick LX. It's all about the lighting, you know?
GS: I loved your appearance on The Tyra Banks Show when you talked about gadgets to catch a cheating mate. What are some other tech topics you enjoy chatting about on television?
CS: Yeah, that was really a fun segment for me because I had JUST caught my ex cheating on me and he kind of didn't tell anyone why I dumped him so abruptly. . . Ha! EVERYONE knew after that! I love talking about any tech that will help others realize that their own world can be a little easier if they just embrace gadgets, instead of run from them. A few upcoming Today Show segments I have coming up are, "Bluetooth Explained," "Baby Gadgets" (LOVE this topic!), and "Snowboarding Gadgets." I feel really lucky that I get to talk about this stuff all day long and actually get paid to look at cool trends on eBay!