Q. What exactly is Vordel and what services does it provide?
A. Vordel builds and markets XML gateways, which are network devices that manage XML traffic and provide extensive performance enhancement and security functionality. Any major organization planning to deploy large-scale applications over the Internet will need them.
Q. How long have you been in your current role?
A. Since January 2003.
Q. Where were you before?
A. I was a venture capitalist with Atlas Venture in London. We invested in many technology businesses in the IT space, but also did our share of dotcoms, some of which did very well.
Q. What does your job entail?
A. A bit of everything. I'm responsible to the board for the overall growth and success of the business, so I spend time in sales, working on marketing strategy, managing the finances, and product strategy.
Q. What is the best part of your job?
A. Being successful. This can mean anything from winning a large deal against stiff competition, to seeing a demo of a new release that will terrify the competition.
Q. What will be the biggest trend of 2009?
A. I doubt it will be about technology. Worldwide recession means that all organizations will focus on cutting costs and finding ways to secure their revenues. This creates opportunities for us as our products help reduce application delivery costs and development and support overhead.
Q. What was your first job?
A. I was a software developer in the UK car industry.
Q. What was the best film you've ever seen?
A. I don't often go to the movies, but see lots of films on airlines. One of my favorites is The Shawshank Redemption-it has great characters and a very satisfying ending.
Q. What are you currently reading?
A. Cold Turkey and the Case of the Missing Crime. It's just been published and is the first novel of my son, Samuel Morris. It's a bit wacky but a good laugh.
Q. Do you have any winter vacations planned?
A. No, but my wife and I rode our motorbikes through the Pyrenees in the fall, and plan to ride to the Black Forest in Germany in the spring.
Q. What keeps you awake at night?
A. Not a lot. I always sleep well, but I do currently worry about the economy.
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