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Kate Matsudaira

Hacker, speaker (Decide)

Who are you, and what do you do?

I am Kate Matsudaira. I am a hacker - in my code and projects, at work, and in life. I work hard, but also believe strongly that innovation and great ideas stem from laziness. I work at Decide where we use data mining and machine learning to leverage "big data" to help consumers make more informed purchasing decisions. I write about being awesome on my blog, and curate content on similar topics for the Technology & Leadership Newsletter.

What hardware do you use?

I use a 13 inch MacBook Air - and pretty much everything else is in the cloud (Amazon Web Services specifically). Oh and my iPhone - I use it so much it really could be considered an appendage to my body.

Recently I also started using a Fitbit. I am a big fan of Quantified Self philosophies and I swear that writing down all my food + exercise is the only way that I was able to lose 80 (!) pounds.

Oh, and I always wear a watch - I think it is rude to look at your cellphone when you are talking to someone, but like to know the time (growing up, my mother was late to everything and somehow that resulted in me being super punctual).

And what software?

Let's see - I use a lot of applications!

What would be your dream setup?

Everything listed above but located in Hawaii - and maybe a pair of Bose headphones?