Inside the Mind of a CTO

Featuring Gordon Skinner, Hummingbird

 What impresses you in a CV?

I look for somebody who has shown growth in their career to date.  It’s not about what skills in particular they have, but how, and why, they acquired them and applied them.  I’m interested to see the challenges that have been faced, and how they were overcome.

If you could go back what 3 tips would you give to your younger self?
Never be afraid to ask questions, it’s the best way to learn, nobody knows what they are doing, really!  Get past the impostor syndrome that you feel early in your career. Don’t be afraid to make mistakes, you learn more from failure than success.

What was your dream job growing up?
After watching Top Gun at an impressionable age I was pretty keen to be a fighter pilot.

What tech are you most excited about for 2017 and why?
I think 2017 will be a bit of a breakthrough for drones as they become more and more widely adopted and people will start doing really interesting things with them.

If you could abolish one piece of modern technology, what would it be and why?
Front facing cameras on phones, I’ve never understood the selfie as a concept…

Ultimately do you think tech will save the world or end it?
I believe we will be able to solve a lot of the world’s problems (need to produce more and better food, some solution to counter climate change) with really innovate tech solutions. But I think we will also produce destructive tech as well.  And the question of whether we will destroy the world will be in the hands of those who wield it.

If you could witness any event of the past, present, or future, what would it be?
I’d love to have been able to observe the moon landing, and just watch what those guys did up there.

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
I’d love to be able to cook well.

If you could time travel, would you go to the past or the future?
The past, so many interesting things have happened that it would be fascinating to see.  And where’s the adventure in living if you know how it turns out?

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