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5 Minute Interview: Steve Smith; Tandberg Data

Steve Smith, sales and marketing director, Tandberg Data speaks

What have you got in your pockets?
Loose change and a Tandberg bottle opener.

Who would you most like to have a date with?
Other than my wife, Dido. She has a brilliant voice and gives the impression that she likes a good party.

What did you want to be when you grew up?
A professional cricketer.

How did you get into the IT industry?
Completed an instrument technician apprenticeship and worked in purchasing for a while, then moved over to sales and marketing.

What do you do to relax?
Work out at the gym, fly-fish, motor sports, armchair rugby.

What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you?
Being locked out of my hotel room after a sauna and having to go to a very busy reception for a spare key wearing nothing more than a small towel.

What's your favourite place and why?

Ireland - for the people and the fishing - and The Bahamas - for the sun and the fact that mobile phones don't work there!

If you had a dinner party and could invite anyone, dead or alive, who would you invite and why?
Nelson Mandela - has the suffering really made a difference? Billy Connolly - anything he says or does makes me laugh. Jordan - for conversation, of course!

If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
Pay to stop my local church falling down. Buy a Ferrari - it's the only way that I will ever own one.

If you could make a voodoo doll of someone, who would it be?
I don't believe in voodoo. If I have a problem with someone, they usually
know about it.

MicroScope is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, what were you doing 20 years ago? Just starting out in semiconductor sales and earning money at last.

What's the most daring thing you've ever done?
Looped the loop in an open-cockpit plane. I also took a great video of an elephant charging the Land Rover I was sitting in.

What's your most annoying habit?
Lack of patience.

What's your best quality?
Doing the simple things well: listening, communicating and not forgetting that people buy from people.

What's your favourite song and why?
Blur's Country House. It's a reality check! And anything by Elvis Costello.

Who is your biggest hero or heroine?
Ian Botham - one of the best all-round cricketers to play for England.

What's your favourite chat-up line?
I don't need one.

What most annoys you?
Arrogance.
Favourite joke?
Anything from the rugby club - none of which are printable here.

How would you like to die and what would you choose as
your epitaph?
Laughing. My epitaph would read: "He had a good innings!"

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This was first published in May 2002

 

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