Born: I’m from Wales originally. I grew up there in the U.K. and came over here about 23 years ago. I spent about 12 years on the East Coast in Charlottesville, Va., then Seattle. And I’ve been down here four years.
Education: I went to school back in Wales. I went to a very prestigious public high school, and then I went on from there to do an apprenticeship in electrical engineering. Then I went on from there to go back to college to do electronics. As I left there, I went on to join a company called Nimbus that was trying to evolve a technology called the compact disc. I worked for them as an engineer. As the compact disc took off, so did the business. We built the business up, took it around the world and took it public, and then we got into CD-ROM and DVD.
What was your very first job?
My very first job [was] as a kid, and it was the newspaper round. But my first real job, I suppose, was construction work in summer months (during) college.
What’s the best business advice you’ve ever received?
I would say the best advice I ever had was from a guy that used to be a very successful businessman in the U.K. I learned from him to give youth an opportunity. Too many times, I don’t think we give our youth an opportunity. I think if somebody’s smart and somebody’s hungry, then I’ve always thought that was a cool thing to do.