Five Minute Interview: Simen Teigre, Pexip

Simen Teigre from video comms specialist Pexip talks industry inspirations, Nordic noir literature, and makes plans to go for a spin round the Nürburgring

Tell us what you do for a living.

I’m on a mission with the Pexip crew to revolutionise video communications.

Why are you the right person for this job?

The combination of my passion, patience, empathy, and a naïve desire to make a change in the world are some of the ingredients that make me ideal for the job.

What gets you up in the morning?

My three energetic boys, aged three, six and eight.

Who helped you get to where you are today?

My wife Vibeke. We met at 17, she’s been supporting and guiding me in everything I have done ever since.

What is the best or worst business advice you have received and from whom?

The best business advice I have received must be: “No matter what happens, always treat people properly and with great respect.” I learned this when I first started my career as a management consultant.

What advice would you give to someone starting out today in IT?

Fail fast, keep your eyes on the ball, and never give up.

What’s running on your smartphone?

Pexip (of course), F1 Timing ’13 (a live timing and info app for Formula 1 races), Swix (for prepping my skis), Evernote and Gmail.

What does the next five years hold for the channel?

Great opportunities for those who have the guts to reinvent themselves.

Tell us something most people do not know about you.

I spent one of my best summers in Norway inside a frozen cargo container, analysing ice cores from Antarctica. This was downtown in the city of Oslo and people stared at me when I came out of the container for a break in my Arctic suit and moonboots.

What goal do you have to achieve before you die, and why?

The list is long, and it keeps changing as I go through life and set new goals for myself, but right now my goal is to build Pexip into a great company and raising my three amazing boys. I also have to drive a Porsche 911 GT3 around Nürburgring Nordschleife (the famous racetrack in Germany) before I check out.

What is the best book you've ever read?

The Snowman by Jo Nesbø. Simply an incredible crime novel. Nesbø may be one of the greatest crime writers of all time in addition to being just a very fascinating person.

And the worst film you’ve ever seen?

Armageddon. Bruce Willis & crew trying to save Earth from an incoming asteroid.

What would be your Desert Island MP3s?

Eddy Louiss on his B3 organ in playful harmony with Michel Petrucciani on the piano. I never get tired of listening to their brilliant music.

What temptation can you not resist?

Chocolate, in any shape or form.

What was your first car and how does it compare with what you drive now?

My first car was a green BMW 3-series Touring. I still drive a 3-series, except now it’s a white convertible.

Who would you least like to be stuck in a lift with? 

Someone who is claustrophobic.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be and why?

An albatross. Soaring high in the sky, crossing great distances with minimal effort thanks to a 12 feet wingspan, must be simply amazing.

If you could take part in one event at the Olympics, which would you choose and why?

50 km cross-country skiing – for me it’s the ultimate Winter Olympic event; a gruelling test of endurance, both physically and mentally.

If you were facing awesome peril and impossible odds, which real or fictional person would you most want on your side and why?

Yoda, the Jedi Master. With his wisdom, composure and mastery of the Force, I would fear nothing.

And finally, a grizzly bear and a silverback gorilla are getting ready for a no-holds-barred rumble. Who is your money on and why?

The grizzly bear. I have deep respect for bears after close encounters with them in the woods of Pennsylvania.

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