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April 27, 2017

Luigi Mantellassi, CMO at dizmo.com, urges you to innovate or die

As a child, what job did you want to have when you grew up?

My generation was fortunate enough to see an unbeatable challenge achieved. I was a child when the first man walked on the moon. It was an extremely inspiring moment and hence an exciting “job” to go for.

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April 20, 2017

​Wael Elrifai, resident IoT expert at Pentaho, urges us all to embrace complexity

As a child, what job did you want to have when you grew up?

An astronaut of course, for the discovery and adventure!  I settled for a private pilot’s licence. To me the cool thing about flying is the ‘invisible complexity’. Engines, rockets … all of the motion is encased in the hull.

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April 13, 2017

Life Lessons: Hubert Da Costa, VP of EMEA at Cradlepoint

As a child what job did you want to have when you grew up?

Honestly? From the age of four, I believed that my true vocation would be as a priest. However, that all went out of the window after my first kiss, aged 16. I saw stars and never looked back.

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April 3, 2017

Mike Bell, EVP Devices & IoT at Canonical/Ubuntu says decisions always take longer than you think

1. As a child what job did you want to have when you grew up?

I remember wanting to be a number of things between the ages of 8 and 12:

(a) a spy — after reading The Thirty-Nine Steps

(b) a pilot — from various comics

(c) Sir Clive Sinclair

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March 23, 2017

Marc Sollars, Teneo’s CTO, is glad he’s not a pilot

As a child what job did you want to have when you grew up?

I wanted to be a TV cameraman: the thought of being involved with the creation of something that impacts people’s lives so much, and the fact that it wasn’t sat behind a desk all day, which is something I never wanted from a job.

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March 13, 2017

Peter Abel, associate director of Corporate Partnerships at Junction says accept people’s cultures and learn to adapt

1. As a child what job did you want to have when you grew up?

I wanted to be a pilot in the RAF, but that plan was scuppered when at the age of eight I discovered I was colour blind. I was attracted to the idea because it seemed a fast, adrenaline-filled role. I still plan to learn to fly and get my private pilot’s licence one of these days. It’s not quite a Tornado jet, but the [...]

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March 6, 2017

Mark Armstrong, EMEA MD and VP at Progress, says use your ears and your mouth in the right proportions!

As a child what job did you want to have when you grew up?

I wanted to join the Foreign Office and work in Embassies like my dad and travel the world. Instead I’ve found myself working in software for the last 30 years!  I now look after the International Business operations (EMEA & APJ) for Progress,

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February 27, 2017

Dr Wieland Alge, VP & GM EMEA, Barracuda Networks: Fearing pizza loss

1. As a child what job did you want to have when you grew up?

Astronaut or scientist. At least the second part worked out for the 10 years that I spent as a physics student and researcher.

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February 20, 2017

Shahar Yaacobi, head of Products and Services Marketing, IoT at Amdocs reminds us that ‘less is more’

1. As a child what job did you want to have when you grew up?

I wanted to be a diplomat, living in exotic countries and travelling around the world

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February 6, 2017

Oliver Tavakoli, CTO, Vectra Networks fears the bad guys may take over insecure consumer devices

1. As a child what job did you want to have when you grew up?

I wanted to program computers. My uncle was studying computer science I was a kid and it seemed like a lot of fun.

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