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Best of Gilbert 2014 New Business: Gilbert Gadget Girl

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Gilbert Gadget Girl

(480) 404-5294 or GilbertGadgetGirl.moonfruit.com

Sixteen years as a librarian groomed Risa Robinson as a troubleshooter. Her fascination with handheld electronics began along the way.

“From the first time I read Jane Austen on my iPhone, I have loved gadgets,” she says. “The ease of continuing with a book from the last time I read it, regardless of the gadget, is amazing, especially since the stack on my bedside table is now non-existent.”

In January, after a couple years toying with the idea, Robinson put the two together and created Gilbert Gadget Girl. The one-person business offers “gadget-tutoring services” for $25 per hour.

Many of Robinson’s growing clientele are seniors tired of seeking help from their children or grandchildren — or vice versa — but she has plenty of others seeking help as well, from the most simple tasks to the advanced.

“I’m a lot friendlier than any IT person I’ve ever met,” says Robinson, who formerly worked at Arizona State University’s on-campus library. “But I’m not a fixer; I can’t fix gadgets.”

Her specialty is helping you learn how to use them, though; she owns most phones, e-readers and mp3 players — or has experience with those she doesn’t own.

“I’m a good teacher,” says Robinson, who posted the following Steve Jobs quote to Gadget Girl’s website:

“Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end, because once you get there, you can move mountains.”

SECOND PLACE

Salad & Go

743 N. Gilbert Road

(480) 304-5662 or SaladAndGo.com

THIRD PLACE

Grow with Yoga ABC

2323 E. Guadalupe Road, Suite 104

(480) 231-5797 or GrowWithYogaABC.com

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