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Paola Kathuria

Online places

Web site: paolability.com

Blog: pootability.wordpress.com

LinkedIn: Paola Kathuria

Twitter: @paolability

E-mail: paola@limov.com

Overview

Paola is a creative intellectual with a capacity for good decision-making, ideally placed to develop plans and strategies that may pay off hugely in the long term.

Strong track record in analysis, requirements definition and user-centered design. Has the business acumen and interpersonal skills to actively seek and build senior relationships to ensure the best outcome. Combines an attention to detail with a big picture view.

Current Project

fingers & tongues, smart erotica with men and women as sexual collaborators.

The Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to produce fingers & tongues as a book was successfully funded on 21 May 2014.

The book is a collection of short stories by Paola in the new genre of written feminist porn.

Background

Paola's degrees in psychology and computing were followed by research into search strategies of an on-line library catalogue.

She was a co-founder of Limitless in 1995, where she worked for five years as web producer, architect and developer, working closely with design partners, Denison Design.

Her work at Limitless Innovations focuses on planning, requirements and high-level design.

Prior to her Internet work, she worked as a software engineer and consultant, specialising in database and information systems, and has worked for companies such as JP Morgan and Seagram.

Added to this development experience is her continuing interest in user-interface design and graphic design, and her attention to detail.

She welcomes any opportunity to write and applies her knowledge of usable interfaces to documents such as specifications, manuals and guides.

Paola has been an active member of the Internet community from 1987; she several articles published about the net; she maintained the most popular online directory of UK and Irish Internet companies from 1993.

Education

Research, University of Kent, UK (1986-1988)

MSc Computing Science, North Staffordshire Polytechnic, UK (1984-1986)

BSc (Hons) Psychology, University of Leeds, UK (1980-1983)

In print

[book cover] fingers & tongues
by Paola Kathuria
ISBN: 978-0-9929985-0-9

Paola wrote and designed fingers & tongues. She raised funds with a Kickstarter campaign in 2014 to edit and print the book as a paperback and as a longer hardback exclusive to backers.

fingers & tongues is smart erotica with men and women as sexial collaborators. Paola also designed and created the e-book version in EPUB and Kindle formats.

[book cover] RCL 20: People, Dreams & HP Calculators
W.A.C. Mier-Jedrzejowicz Ph.D. & Frank Wales (Eds), 2002
ISBN: 0-9510733-3-8

Paola designed and produced the book RCL 20 in 2002 with Frank Wales.

The book celebrates 20 years of HPCC, the Handheld and Portable Computer Club in the UK.

Read the back cover text and a sample chapter.

The Internet Yellow Pages
Osborne McGraw-Hill, 1994
ISBN: 0-07-882023-5
Paola performed the European research for Harley Hahn and Rick Stout's The Internet Yellow Pages in 1993.
The Internet Complete Reference
by Harley Hahn and Rick Stout
Osborne Mc-Graw Hill, 1994
ISBN: 0-07-881980-6
Paola assisted Harley Hahn on the IRC chapter for The Internet Complete Reference in 1993.
Between 1989-1992, Paola was a regular contributor to Comms Plus! and The Message, its successor. Both were magazines for the comms (BBS) community. Paola wrote about the Internet and online multi-user games. Some of these articles are on her web site.

Media

BBC World Service News, 1996

Paola was interviewed on BBC World Service News in an item about the Computer Decency Act. There as a former contributor to the Usenet group rec.arts.erotica, she argued the case against strict regulation.

The Lipman Test, 1995

She was interviewed on BBC Radio 4's The Lipman Test, Maureen Lipman's programme. The segment covered friends who had first met online. Paola organised monthly meets in London for regulars of a Usenet newsgroup during 1994 and 1995.

The interview took place during a picnic in Richmond Park attended by 100 people - newsgroup regulars and their families. The picnic was organised by Paola and another newsgroup regular.

Channel 4's First Sex, 1994

Filmed for Channel 4's First Sex, a programme for and about women. The segment was of Paola and two female friends who had first met in a Usenet newsgroup and who were regulars on the newsgroup's associated IRC channel.

Employment

Co-owner, Limitless Innovations, UK (2000-present)
UX strategy, requirements workshops, user interface design.

Co-founder, Limitless Technical Dimensions Ltd, UK (1995-1999)
Involved in presentations, new business generation, client liaison. Main roles were design and implementation of web sites, often co-ordinating the activities of contract or third-party staff when specialist or mundane skills are required.

Co-owner, ArcGlade Services Ltd, UK (1991-1994)
Worked as a software contractor for Seagram, JP Morgan and Consensus.

Software engineer, South Bank University, London, UK (1991-1992)
Designed and developed contact and promotional information system for software metrics research group. Designed stationery for team, supported users and assisted in promotional activities.

Software consultant, Grep Ltd, Leeds, UK (1990-1991)
Database consultancy and development. Designed and implemented a contacts management application, including user and reference manuals; a Unix command-line querying tool for relational database system; a booking system and a multi-user diary and reminder system.

Software engineer, Zengrange Ltd, Leeds, UK (1989)
Developed user-interface construction toolkit, administrative database; Designed and implemented a container database for brewery, including writing the specification, technical manual and co-writing the user manual.

Software engineer, Wiggins Teape, Dover, UK (1985)
Developed a management information reporting systems, and a cost-estimating system (MSc placement).

Resources

Paola has created and maintained a number of online resources in her spare time:

  • The Colour Selector, a colour-exploration resource for web designers. (1996-)
  • The web site for PPIG, the Psychology of Programming Interest Group (1995-2002)
  • InetUK, the UK & Irish Internet Company Directory. InetUK started off as a Usenet FAQ (for uk.net), was later made available by ftp and by mail and eventually was made into a popular web site. (1993-2002)

Creative

Digital art

Paola creates 2D abstract [off-site] digital art. Some of the them have been submitted to competitions and a small selection have been sold as signed limited edition prints.

About 75 images (dating from 2000-2001) are available as [off-site] desktop wallpapers.

A small collection of her images can be licensed from [off-site] Alamy, a leading portal for both general and specialist images.

Jewellery

Paola has been interested in the decorative arts and has made jewellery since 1980. Buy her [off-site] jewellery online.