Where were you born?
I was born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. I’m one of the few people that’s probably lived in three different continents. I was born in Sri Lanka, I went to the U.K. when I was young and did my engineering degree in the U.K. I had my first 10 to 15 years experience there and then I came to the States in ’94 working for Texas Instruments.
What was your very first job?
The very first job was in an ice cream and jelly-making factory. I worked on the manufacturing line lifting boxes and crates of jelly and ice cream. It was at that point I decided that I didn’t want to work in a manufacturing department and I better go get a degree.
Whom do you admire most in the business world and why?
Steve Jobs, for me, at Apple. I have a tremendous amount of respect for him. I just think he’s created an innovation culture at Apple. I buy Apple products and I love them, and to me, that is what it’s all about in the technology world that we live in. If you create products that your customers really love, there’s a certain pleasure in that, there’s great satisfaction. I think what he’s done at Apple has just been tremendous.
If you could be one superhero, who would you be and why?
This is funny because I have a 7-year-old boy and we play together I have two teenage girls, as well but you know boys, they love superheroes. So this was easy for me because every time I discuss them with him, I always tell him about Superman, and the thing that I like about Superman is just one thing: that he can go back in time and change future outcomes. So with all the bad things that go on in the world, one of the things that I always think about is if I were Superman, I could go back and find out what went wrong and fix it.