5 minute interview: Dylan Craven, Silicon Technologies

Dylan Creaven, founding director, Silicon Technologies, speaks.

Dylan Creaven, founding director, Silicon Technologies, speaks.

What have you got in your pockets?

A Nokia 6310 and lint - to be honest, the phone spends more time clamped to my ear than in my pocket.

Who would you most like to have a date with?

Jessica Rabbit - if you have to ask why, I suggest you rent the DVD.

What's your favourite chat-up line?

I don't think anyone really likes chat-up lines, they are passé. If you've got something to say, just say it.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I'm still deciding.

How did you get into the IT industry?

I figured that technology was the way forward, plus it's always fascinated me - I never could walk past the door of The Gadget Shop.

What's your favourite song and why?

My way by Frank Sinatra appeals - for obvious reasons.

What do you do to relax?

Golf, skiing, mountain biking - anything active that lets me totally unwind.

What's the most embarrassing thing that's ever happened to you?

Locking myself out of my hotel room in Las Vegas - wearing only my shorts. It was a long walk to the reception desk and you would not believe just how many people are about at 4am in a Vegas hotel.

What's your favourite place and why?

The tee box on any par five - I'm a long hitter.

If you had a dinner party and could invite anyone, dead or alive, who would you invite and why?

Right now, it would have to be Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis - the dinner conversation would be brief, but the entertainment would be absolutely priceless.

If you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?

I don't play the lottery - the odds are ridiculous. The calculated risks taken on day-to-day trades suffice.

If you could make a voodoo doll of someone, who would it be?

Can I make it Richard and Judy - or anyone else on daytime TV? It's a pet hate.

This year is MicroScope's 20th anniversary, what were you doing 20 years ago?

Plotting my escape from boarding school.

What's the most daring thing you've ever done?

Jump from an aircraft 15,000ft above the Mojave Desert. No matter how many times they tell you it's safe, you still have to wonder what you're doing the first time you step out of a perfectly good plane.

What's your best quality?

I would like to think leadership. Setting up a successful trading floor in the independent distribution business means having a lot of strong characters all pulling in the same direction. To get that working without friction is hard work and requires strong leadership.

What's your most annoying habit?

Watching news channels 24/7 -CNN, SKY, CNBC, Bloomberg; any of them will do. I'm an information junkie, never can get enough.

Favourite joke?

Current favourites are any joke relating to Enron or Allied Irish Bank's $691m oversight. You have to laugh when something that huge gets missed.

What most annoys you?

People who don't listen. I work in a very fast-paced business with trades and deals happening all the time. We only have a limited time to get everything done - if people aren't listening, they are wasting my time.

Who is your biggest hero/heroine?

Captain Kirk - while plotting that escape from boarding school, Star Trek reruns were about the only shows they'd let us watch. Kirk was always a strong leader and you have to admire those infamous shoulder rolls.

How would you like to die and what would you choose as your epitaph?

I'll leave the cause of death to your imagination, but if they found me smiling in Hugh Heffner's swimming pool, I think I would have died happy! As for my chosen epitaph, I'd have to leave that to my PR consultant.
This was last published in April 2002

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