Virginia Backaitis could write about a piece of toast and make it interesting. Our go-to for big data coverage, Virginia makes a complex topic approachable and makes writing about it look easy.

Who are you -- in a 140-character tweet? A recruiter who searches the earth for big data rock stars + I write about big data & jobs.

What attracted you to your field -- and what still excites you about it? Disruptive technologies pave the road of opportunity for both companies and individuals. The individuals who blaze new trails and the stories that are created during the process inspire and fascinate me. I can’t imagine that I’ll ever grow tired of it.

What’s your proudest accomplishment of 2013? Helping to raise a bucket full of money for my local YMCA so that kids could get out of the city and venture into the wilderness. I believe that this is extremely important for society’s future; children explore while adults follow paths. We need more explorers.

What’s your goal, personal or professional, for 2014? To do more giving than taking. I recently reviewed Adam Grant’s book Give and Take and learned that people who give without expecting anything back in return are, for the most part, more successful in life than takers or matchers (those who give as much as they get). Grant’s research rings true, so I am going to commit to seeing the world in a new way.

What's an important story you will be tracking in 2014? I want to see how Big Data and predictive analytics will introduce new opportunities and new possibilities. I’m also excited to watch computing’s next era unfold, many good stories will be written as this occurs.

What’s the one New Year resolution you always make -- and always break? To quit eating junk.