Five minute interview: Yves de Montcheuil, vice-president of marketing at Talend

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Five minute interview: Yves de Montcheuil, vice-president of marketing at Talend

What is the best/worst advice you have received and from whom?

Best advice: from the CEO of my first company. I had just graduated in computer science from one of the best schools in France and was realizing that I wasn't cut out to be a software engineer. He suggested that I should become a marketer and coached me in this direction. I have been in software marketing ever since.

Worst advice: stay on a 16 against a 6 at Blackjack. Yeah, I know, it's basic strategy and it's statistical. Still, I had to call it a night.

What is the best book you have read?

The Bourne Trilogy by Robert Ludlum. It is such a great read that I even re-read it every few years. I also love Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson.

Tell us something most people do not know about you

I am trying hard to balance family life and work. Not an easy feat.

What temptation can you not resist?

Chocolate, and single malt Scotch.

Where is the one place you would like to visit before you die?

Australia. I have this image of the New Frontier, the Wild West. I hope I won't be disappointed.

What do you just have to do before you die?

Get back behind the controls of a small plane. A few years ago I was a private pilot and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Which bit of technology would you want with you if you were stranded on a desert island?

A satellite phone with GPS, to call for help and say where I am.

Who helped you get to where you are today?

My parents, my wife and two of my former bosses.

What was your first car and how does it compare with what you drive now?

It was an old red Opel (Vauxhall) Corsa. My father had bought it for me for when I went to college because the campus was in the middle of nowhere. It was very reliable. Today I drive a Skoda Octavia - great value for the money and enough space for the kids, the luggage, etc. But it's not really fancy. When the kids are all grown up, maybe I'll get a Jaguar.

What do you believe in most?

Values and integrity.

Do you have any pets?

I don't want pets. As I keep telling my three kids, we are a full house already. I like travelling with my family, and having pets would make that really difficult.

If you could be someone else for a day, who would you be and why?

An astronaut - seeing the Earth from space must be fabulous, but I am not even close to being in the required shape to qualify.

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

An eagle. I love flying.

Describe yourself in one sentence

International marketing executive, working in fast-growing software start-ups, trying also to be a good husband and father.

Why are you good at your job?

Because I understand technology and market requirements. You cannot do high tech marketing efficiently if you don't understand your product.

If you were shipwrecked, who would you like to have with you and why?

My wife and kids. I wouldn't want to be away from them for years, but with the satellite phone it won't take years anyway.

Name three items (smaller than a fridge) that you would like to have with you if you were shipwrecked

A satellite phone, unlimited supply of matches (I am not good at rubbing wood together to start a fire) and a Leatherman all-in-one toolset.

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 gorilla. It's more agile.

Do you prefer cities or countryside?

Cities to work and live everyday, because of the convenience of having everything on your doorstep. Countryside for weekends and vacations - for the quietness.

Describe your perfect night out

Dinner in a great restaurant and cocktails in a lounge. With my wife, of course.

What would be your perfect holiday?

A cruise on a ship with no internet access.

Sum up the IT channel in one sentence

For a software vendor, the IT channel is the best way to meet the needs of large accounts and as such, partners you must have a trusted relationship with.

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