Joshua Graff joined LinkedIn in 2011 and is responsible for leading the growth of the firm's Marketing Solutions business across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The division aims to help marketers identify and target professionals.
Before joining LinkedIn, Graff was at Electronics Arts, running media sales and business development for a number of the firm's global regions, including Europe.
Graff also founded the in-game advertising agency JAM International, which was acquired by Massive Inc, and later by Microsoft in 2006. Joshua worked at Microsoft following the acquisition in a business development role where he focused on partnerships with European and Japanese game developers.
Graff is the seventh IT leader to take to the Hot Seat, following on from the likes of Intel UK manager Graham Palmer, and G-Cloud programme director Chris Chant, as part of V3's weekly insight into what makes those in the IT industry tick.
V3: What would be your dream job (apart from your current role, of course)?
Joshua Graff: Working for the MI6.
Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?
A BlackBerry and an iPad.
Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?
Marc Benioff, the chief executive of Salesforce. Salesforce is cloud technology at its best. I couldn't live without it.
Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?
My BlackBerry. I'm one of those people.
What's been the highlight of your career so far?
Sitting with my current team in the Netherlands watching our chief executive Jeff Weiner ring the bell of the New York Stock Exchange as LinkedIn went public.
What was your first job?
A researcher at TWI.
What's your favourite thing about working in the IT industry?
The incredible talent that delivers mind-blowing innovation on a daily basis.
What will be the next big innovation of the coming years?
Contactless mobile payments.
What keeps you awake at night?
Nothing. When I'm out, I'm out.
What was the last book you read and was it any good?
Stella Rimington's Rip Tide - great research for my fantasy career.
Ereaders or real books?
Twitter, Facebook or Google+?
LinkedIn of course!
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