Five minute interview: Simon Shorthose, Readsoft UK


Five minute interview: Simon Shorthose, Readsoft UK

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MicroScope puts its questions to Simon Shorthose, managing director at ReadSoft UK

Thumbnail image for Shorthose, Simon (ReadSoft) for web.jpg What is the best/worst advice you have received and from whom?
Someone once told me, "Everybody has to sell themselves." I don't remember who it was, but it is advice that has helped me throughout my career.

Tell us something most people do not know about you.
When I'm not at work, I coach rugby.
Describe yourself in one sentence.
I am energetic and challenging.

What temptation can you not resist?
Nothing is more tempting than a glass of wine after a long day.

What is your most elusive goal?
One day I'd love to travel around Australia in a Winnebago. If only I had the time...

What was your first car and how does it compare with what you drive now?
My first car was a Peugeot 205 GTI. Compared with the BMW I drive now, it was fast, fun and dangerous.

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?
I think I'd have to put my money on the grizzly bear.

Why are you good at your job?
I'm good at my job because I have a belief in the people and solutions that ReadSoft provides, as well as my personal determination to succeed.

If you could be any animal for a day, what would you be?
A cat. It would be great to be selfish, lazy and do what I want for a day.

Which bit of technology would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island - and why?
My BlackBerry (no, not really).

Who helped you get to where you are today?
I had several early mentors who were very helpful in getting me to where I am today.

Whom would you least like to be stuck in a lift with?
Gordon Brown.

Describe your perfect night out.
My perfect night out would probably be the pub, followed by a curry, and then perhaps a rugby match on the TV.

Do you prefer cities or the countryside? Explain why.
I prefer the countryside because I like to get out into the open air.

What do you believe in most?
I believe that passion plus effort equals results.

Do you have any pets? If so, what are they and what are their names?
I have a dog. He's a Samoyed, named Max.

If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be and why?
I'd be playing rugby for England.

What would be your perfect holiday?
My perfect holiday involves sun, sand and scuba diving.

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