The latest technology industry figure to submit to V3's Hot Seat is the European business development director at Foursquare, Omid Ashtari.
Ashtari previously worked at Google from 2004 to 2009 so knows a thing or two about helping technology companies grow. In his new role Ashtari is responsible for driving Foursquare's European expansion, helping businesses understand how they can use the geo-location social network to reach new customers.
Ashtari's Hotseat follows on from those by information commissioner Christopher Graham and Nokia's west Europe president Conor Pierce as part of V3's new weekly insight in to what makes those in the IT industry tick.
V3: What would be your dream job (apart from your current role, of course)?
Omid Ashtari: Probably being an Astronaut. I've been a space freak all my life.
Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?
Galaxy Nexus and an iPad, it's the best of both worlds.
Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?
I love consuming the pearls of wisdom from Union Square Venture's Fred Wilson and Andreessen Horowitz's Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz.
Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?
Google Apps. I can't imagine ever working for a company that doesn't use it. Seriously, it would be a reason for me to not take a job.
What's been the highlight of your career so far?
Having been part of Google's high-growth years was pretty amazing, but being fortunate enough to experience it all again with Foursquare is the highlight.
What will be the next big innovation of the coming years?
I joined Foursquare because I believe that the perfect storm for location-based services has finally arrived. We at Foursquare are leading innovation in this huge space that is about to blow up and it's very exciting.
What was the last book you read and was it any good?
What's mine is yours: The rise of Collaborative Consumption by Rachel Botsman, and yes, it was really good. It essentially describes the emerging trends behind start-ups like AirBnB, GetAround, Task Rabbit and so forth.
It has to be between Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi. Apart from that, anything from Chris Nolan blows my mind.
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