When you were younger, did you envision yourself working in technology?
Not at all. I didn’t like geeks so much and couldn’t understand their toys. I was more the 16 year old music listener with a graphic arts interest and I used to write comics in the Belgian style.
If you weren’t at b-i what would you be doing?
Starting a business. Or being an SAP consultant as there is a high demand but I would hate it. Otherwise rock star.
What’s on your to do list this year?
Launch our internal SharePoint at b-i. And restore my 1977 Yamaha 500cc motorbike and make it into a fun noisy toy. I bought it for 100chf from my sister in 1989.
What’s the first thing you do in the morning when you arrive?
Say hello to my colleagues!
Where do you do your best thinking?
Probably not in the office, but at home, from 9pm – midnight at my desk in the basement. I’m more of a night person.
Do you have a personal motto?
No, I don’t.
What creative talent would you most like to have?
Be a better guitarist which I started as a teenager in Lausanne. My plan was to work and then go to the Berklee School of Music.
What living creative person do you most admire?
Jim Jarmusch. He creates a mindset that I can relate to with rock influencs. The movie Deadman with a soundtrack from Neil Young was great. There’s always Tom Waits hanging around somewhere to, I’m a big fan.
What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My career path so far – from training part time until finishing at Neuchatel University and then coming to b-i. Also my family. They should have a place somewhere!
What trait do you value most in co-workers?
Creative and dynamic people – the idea makers. Rather than nice graphs.
What do people misunderstand about the business?
A lack of pragmatism. Acting and thinking too big, and then finding its not feasible and beyond our means. We often miss some practicality. Know your limits. Don’t reinvent the wheel. The right balance is important and to think as a team and group in the same direction.
Favourite project ever?
Our B2C collaboration with PMI has been very successful.
When you have free time, where do you like to spend it?
Playing guitar, and sailing in the April – October season.
And finally the question that’s on everyone’s minds, if you were to offer a piece of advice to incoming IT people, what would it be?
Stay creative and find fun in what you do, fun in your job. Being solution oriented is always a great thing, too.