DCN November 2016 - Page 17

meet me room Winston Churchill once said, ‘The optimist sees opportunity in every danger; the pessimist sees danger in every opportunity.’ What are FalconStor’s aims for 2017? The storage and data management market is extremely fragmented and our aim is to show the industry that FalconStor’s FreeStor platform is the most comprehensive implementation of software defined storage in a hardware agnostic and data agnostic fashion. With companies asking how they can save money, mitigate risk and orchestrate storage and data together, we can highlight how well FreeStor helps these companies achieve their goals. What are your hobbies/ interests outside work? Developing the right work/life balance is a daily challenge Most of us work to live, not live to work. Developing the right work/life balance is a daily challenge but the most satisfying over time. I like to spend as much time as I can with my family doing things together when I’m not working. TV show – Game of Thrones Singer/Band – Genesis Do you have any lifetime targets, professionally or personally? How would you spend your perfect weekend (imagining no travel constraints)? If you could travel back to any time period in history which would it be and why? Keep learning, stay healthy, stay ambitious, stay grounded, stay alive… Well (if everyone had the ability to instantaneously teleport), the perfect weekend would be to gather all my friends and family, from all around the world, together, in a stunning location. Spending time in each other’s company and just simply catching up. Ancient Egypt – there’s still a lot from that era I’d like to understand better. Archaeologists today don’t have the complete facts and are left guessing about Egyptian civilisation and culture from artefacts. Ancient Egypt seems to have an association with the birth of Christianity and a relationship to Ancient Greek culture. By travelling back to Ancient Egypt I could potentially unravel some of the mysteries. Favourite: Book? Film? TV show? Singer/band? Book – Dune, James Herbert Film – Life of Brian but the most satisfying over time. 17