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The V3 Hot Seat: SugarCRM chief technology officer Clint Oram

02 Oct 2012

SugarCRM's Clint OramClint Oram is the chief technology officer and co-founder of customer relationship management firm SugarCRM.

Prior to launching the company in 2004, Oram worked in the enterprise software space with HP, Epiphany and Octane software. Today, he runs SugarCRM's product management operations and helps to guide the firm's development and strategy.

Oram takes to the V3 Hot Seat following Dell EMEA president Aongus Haggarty and Cisco UK chief technology officer Ian Foddering.

V3: What would be your dream job (apart from your current role, of course)?

Clint Oram: "Dream Job" is an oxymoron. If you're doing what you love, then it's not a job. You just happen to be getting paid for it. That happens for me every day already. What else would I love to do and get paid for? Maybe a pilot, a whiskey taster, a fishing guide or a kids' soccer coach.

Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?

I use the iPhone and iPad.

Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?

Marc Fleury, chief executive of JBoss before they were acquired by Red Hat. He was the most hard hitting, no nonsense, call-it-like-it-is revolutionary in the IT industry in the past decade. I wish he'd find his way off the beach and back into the boardroom. His candor is missing from today's IT industry dialogue.

Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?

My iPhone. It has completely changed the way I work, although not always for the good. Being connected to work 24x7 is not a good way to keep the family happy but I manage to strike a balance.

What has been the highlight of your career so far?

While randomly talking with a ticket agent at [London] Waterloo station five years ago, the ticket agent asked what I did for a living. When I told her I was a co-founder of SugarCRM, she yelled out "I love SugarCRM!". It turned out her husband ran a small business in London and used our software to track his customers. I call that my "rock star moment".

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Shaun Nichols

Shaun Nichols is the US correspondent for He has been with the company since 2006, originally joining as a news intern at the site's San Francisco offices.

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