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Five minute interview: David Blackman, Acronis

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MicroScope puts its questions to David Blackman, general manager, northern Europe, at Acronis

Blackman, David (Acronis).jpg What is the best/worst advice you have received and from whom?
Best: you will never go wrong taking a profit - my father.

What is the best book you've ever read?
Fish! (A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results) by Stephen Lundin.

Tell us something most people do not know about you.
I travelled around the world for a year when I finished university.

Which bit of technology would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island - and why?
My iPhone.

What temptation can you not resist?
Ice cream.

What is your most elusive goal?
Deciding which country to settle down in.

Where is the one place you'd like to visit before you die - and why?
I'd like to go to India, to practise yoga and increase my flexibility.

What was your first car and how does it compare with what you drive now?
Honda Civic - Japanese vs German!

What do you just have to do before you die - and why?
Go skiing in Canada.

Who helped you get to where you are today?
Many people, including family, friends, mentors and work colleagues.

If a grizzly bear and a silverback gorilla decided to have a no holds barred fight, which would you put your money on and why?
The silverback gorilla, because they are more intelligent.

What do you believe in most?
Positive attitude and hard work always help you to achieve your goals

Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?
We had a rabbit called Smokey; he's still living in Sydney.

If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be and why?
An athlete at the peak of his career, because then I would feel much healthier.

Whom would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?
George Bush.

Describe yourself in one sentence.
Positive, a good friend and a family man, who would like to sleep in once in the next five years!

Why are you good at your job?
Because I always have a solution for every opportunity and challenge.

If you were shipwrecked, whom would you like to have with you and why?
My wife, otherwise she would kill me!

Name three items (smaller than a fridge) that you would like to have with you if you were shipwrecked.
My iPhone, my laptop and a bottomless keg of beer.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be?
A cheetah.

Do you prefer cities or the countryside? Explain why.
The countryside, for the clean air, peace and tranquillity.

Describe your perfect night out.
A nice meal, a limousine, a hotel room and I'll leave the rest to your imagination (with my wife!).

What would be your perfect holiday?
Two weeks on a beach with a hotel that has a kids' club!

Sum up the IT channel in one sentence.
It's the lifeblood for any worthwhile vendor.

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