Date a Geek: Cristhian Kim of BarkBox

Due to the controversial popularity of our How to Date a Geek Girl and How to Date a Geek Guy guides, we have introduced a special column featuring real life single geeks. This week, we have interviewed our colleague Cristhian Kim of BarkBox.


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Tell us a bit about yourself (Age, hometown, what you do for a living):

I’m a 27 year old currently living in Williamsburg. I grew up in New York but was born in Paraguay. I’m a developer at BarkBox where we make dogs and dog parents happy by delivering a surprise box of treats and toys each month.

What makes you a geek?

I’m a geek because I love building and tinkering with things. I am fascinated by complex systems, how they are abstracted to simpler parts and how they all work together. Also, the fact that I wrote that last sentence makes me a geek.

Android, iOS, or other?

After being on Android for the last 4 years I just switched to iOS, got myself a Gold 5S and it’s a thing of beauty. I do miss certain Android features such as being able to send a photo/video to any apps that manipulate those files not just the ones that Apple says it’s ok. But I do love the polish and snappy camera of the iPhone.

Your favorite comic book hero and why?

I would say Iron Man — sure the obvious allure is that he’s got sweet toys and is billionaire philanthropist playboy. But the most appealing part for me is that unlike let’s say Batman, he’s well open about his alter ego and seems to embrace his role.

What gadget can’t you live without?

My phone, I went a day without my phone once and realized my sense of direction wasn’t as great as I thought, and I like to read a lot when commuting.

What is the last book or ebook that you read?

I just finished reading Ender’s Game and am excited to see the movie. I was disappointed by the lack of details in Ender’s Game, especially after reading the Game of Thrones series which is crazy detail oriented.

If you could meet anyone (living or dead) for lunch who would it be and why?

It would be a toss between Bill Gates and Bill Clinton. As a geek growing up in the mid 90s I owe technology developed by Bill Gates for my intro to the internet and programming; and his second chapter in philanthropy is awe inspiring. I’ve always admired Bill Clinton as a president but would love to meet him to witness first hand his charisma and pick up some tips from him.

What do you look for in a girl. And does she need to be a geek too?

I look for someone that I can talk to about everything and anything, I have a little bit of scatter brain so my train of thought and interests tend to jump around. A quirky sense of humor as and it wouldn’t hurt if we shared some common interests. Finally a willingness to try new things. She doesn’t need to be a geek but I think a few “geek tendencies” would be cool.