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next big thing . I entered the industry in 1994 when the Internet was the next big thing and then it was utility computing , push content , the cloud and now IoT . There is always a change coming . Looking back , there has been tremendous change during the 22 years that I have been in the business .
What ’ s your biggest pet peeve ? I hate it when companies throw buzzwords around , for example – ‘ cloud ’. Even companies that have nothing to do with the cloud or are really far away from it , find a way of weaving in the latest buzzwords . I like to think most smart people can see through this though and understand what the product actually is .
What qualities do you value in the people you work with ? Intelligence and the willingness to voice a dissenting opinion , including disagreeing with me ! The quality I value above all else is delivery . If people say they are going to do something then they need to be able to do it .
What are your hobbies / interests outside work ? I am an amateur historian and an amateur electronics buff . I have a particular interest in the Raspberry Pi and making home kits with my kids . We enjoy doing anything from building a video doorbell to a remote control . I find that a lot of fun .
Where is your favourite holiday destination and why ? Any big city – whether it ’ s New York , Boston or a European city . I like taking in the sights with my family over the holidays .
Other than family , what is your most treasured possession ? I have a set of bamboo fly fishing rods – they were handed down in my family to me . I haven ’ t had the chance to use them yet but I hope to . I live in Michigan and it ’ s known for its blue ribbon trout streams , so it is a fisherman ’ s dream !
If you could travel back to any time period in history which would it be and why ? I would love to have observed the American Revolutionary War and have been around when they wrote the founding documents . It would have been great to listen to the arguments debated and the ideas that everybody had .
What are Blue Medora ’ s targets for 2017 ? Two things – the first is to continue to proliferate our platform extension technology to companies such as VMware and New Relic . The second is drive the adoption of our SelectStar SaaS based database management platform .
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