Question: As a kid, what career did you want to pursue? Was it tech oriented?
Answer: I was absolutely clueless, really. I had no idea what jobs you could do, other than the obvious: doctor, teacher, those kinds of jobs. I studied international politics, and I was always very interested in the world and foreign affairs and travel, so I thought for a while something in the area of diplomacy would be interesting. But I don't work so well within rigid, disciplined structures, so working in the government probably wasn't the best for me. And after 10 years in traditional British hierarchical institutions I decided I probably wasn't going to go down the traditional British path. I very much needed to get out.
Q: What was it like growing up in England?
A: I lived quite a country life. My father worked at a private school and we lived on the grounds of the school, which was basically like a country estate. It had woods and streams and a river and big grounds, I don't know how many acres. It was a very outdoor lifestyle; I basically spent my childhood digging holes in the ground and getting muddy. It was a lot of fun.
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