One of the baddest of all bad ass women in Silicon Valley is Gina Bianchini. How badass is she? Well let’s start out her being one of the famed Stanford University class of 94 that dominated the tech industry (a class with many amazing women that was featured in a blockbuster New York Times piece showcasing tech’s gender gap issues and who is and is not succeeding in Silicon Valley). She has every check box on the list of power plays and major connections from Goldman Saches to co-founding and Harmonic Communications and then selling it communications powerhouse Dentsu. But her claim to fame is her Silicon Valley CEO chops. She was CEO of Ning, which she co-founded with Marc Andreessen. Upon leaving Ning in March 2010, she was the an entrepreneur in residence at the Andreessen Horowitz venture firm and subsequently left to head up Mightybell. And unlike most of us she has been on the cover of Fortune Magazine. Because she is not only a woman of great substance but great charm she agreed to answer our 10 questions in NotRoutine.
Hardest part of your day?
2-4pm. It’s my lowest energy time of day. I am of Italian decent and I think my body just wants to sleep. Plus, I once read Winston Churchill took naps, partied like an animal and still fought and won a war.
Best part of your day?
Preview of my answer below: I love first thing in the morning. I’m not some insane early riser, but am absolutely at my most positive and creative first thing in the morning.
The one item you without which your day is in shambles (or at least more challenging)
What is the most consistent part of your daily routine?
I eat at the same sushi bar every night, unless I have an event. It’s the sushi bar where I met Steve Jobs. Although, I go for the sushi, not the once-in-a-lifetime hero meetings.
What is the least consistent part of your daily routine?
The various things I try to do between 2-4pm to get things done when I just want to take a nap.
Morning Person (X)
I do my makeup with a couple products first thing in the morning
I touch up as needed throughout the day
I swipe right…I mean just a little lipstick & mascara
Makeup is for special occasions (X)
I’m all about that spin class life (I was once a spin instructor X)
Live to run, run to live right?
Namaste, my yoga practice centers me
I’m More into Couch Surfing
I’ve got Seamless/Cavier/Instacart As My Most Used App
I’m Hitting Up The Whole Foods Prepared Foods Section
Naturally I Cook Something Simple & Wholesome Every Night
I’m Trying Out This New Place I Read About On Some Food Blog (X)
Everything In My Life Is Prepackaged
I have a seasonal capsule wardrobe I rotate (X)
Remember that girl who has one outfit? Yeah, I’m into that
Whatever is clean
I plan my outfits for the week on Sundays