Gina Trapani

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Gina Trapani
Trapani at SXSWi, 2007
BornSeptember 19, 1975 (1975-09-19) (age 48)[1]
Occupation(s)Tech blogger, web developer, writer
Known forFounder of Lifehacker

Gina Marie Trapani (born September 19, 1975[1]) is an American tech blogger, web developer, writer, and technology executive.


Trapani was born and raised in an Italian Catholic family in Brooklyn, New York.[2][3] She began her writing career in high school as a writer for New Youth Connections (now YCteen) a magazine written by and for New York City teens published by Youth Communication.[4] Trapani graduated from Marist College and earned an MS in Computer Science at Brooklyn College.

Trapani founded the Lifehacker blog in January 2005, and led it until January 2009. She later joined at Expert Labs[5] where she led development of ThinkUp, an open-source social media aggregation and analysis tool, which was shuttered in 2016.[6] In 2017 she joined Postlight as Director of Engineering,[7] and is now CEO.[8]

Trapani has also been featured on yourBlogstory,[9] a popular Bloggers featuring network. Trapani has published three books and has also written for other publications including Harvard Business Online. Wired magazine awarded her its prestigious Rave Award in 2006. Fast Company named her one of the Most Influential Women in Technology in 2009 and 2010.[10] In 2019 she was named one of the most influential LGBTQ+ people in tech.[11]

Personal life[edit]

As of December 2013, Trapani lives in Brooklyn, New York.[12]

Trapani has two brothers.[13] She married her longtime partner and friend, Terra Bailey,[14] on June 17, 2008.[15] Their daughter, Etta Rebecca Bailey, was born September 18, 2012.[16]


  • Trapani, Gina (December 18, 2006). Lifehacker: 88 Tech Tricks to Turbocharge Your Day. Wiley. ISBN 0-470-05065-9.
  • Trapani, Gina (March 17, 2008). Upgrade Your Life: The Lifehacker Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, Better. Wiley. ISBN 978-0-470-23836-3.
  • Trapani, Gina (March 15, 2010). The Complete Guide to Google Wave. 3ones, Inc. ISBN 978-0-9825926-0-1.
  • Trapani, Gina; Pash, Adam (June 28, 2011). Lifehacker: The Guide to Working Smarter, Faster, and Better. Wiley. ISBN 978-1-118-01837-8.


  1. ^ a b ""This Week in Tech," September 19, 2010". Archived from the original on September 22, 2010. Retrieved September 20, 2010.
  2. ^ a b Glaser, Mark (February 25, 2009). "Productivity Guru Gina Trapani Balances Blogging, Coding, Community". PBS MediaShift.
  3. ^ "Smarterware".
  4. ^ "Youth Communication: Who We Are - Alumni - T-Z". Retrieved 2014-02-26.
  5. ^ Dash, Anil (July 30, 2010). "ThinkTank is now ThinkUp". Expert Labs Blog. Archived from the original on 2010-08-03.
  6. ^ Dash, Anil (2016-06-13). "The end of ThinkUp". Anil Dash. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  7. ^ "Postlight on LinkedIn: "Gina Trapani joins our executive…". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2017-08-11.
  8. ^ "About Us". Postlight — Digital Strategy, Design and Engineering. Retrieved 2021-09-16.
  9. ^ "Gina Trapani – the Highest Earning Female Blogger in the World". yourBlogstory. 11 July 2014. Archived from the original on 2016-09-13.
  10. ^ Wilkinson, Amy (March 29, 2010). "Gina Trapani, Project Director at Expert Labs". The Most Influential Women in Technology 2010. Fast Company. Archived from the original on 2010-05-29.
  11. ^ Leskin, Paige. "The 23 most powerful LGBTQ+ people in tech". Business Insider. Retrieved 2019-10-09.
  12. ^ Trapani, Gina. "Gina Trapani: Bio".
  13. ^ "This week in Google 235". 6 February 2014. Retrieved 9 February 2014.
  14. ^ Grose, Jessica (17 June 2008). "Congrats to our fellow Gawker Media blogger". Jezebel. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  15. ^ "just married". Flickr. 17 June 2008. Retrieved 1 May 2013.
  16. ^ "Best Launch Ever: Etta Rebecca Bailey". Smarterware. 17 November 2012. Archived from the original on 2015-08-25. Retrieved 1 May 2013.

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