Aneel Bhusri is the chief executive and co-founder of cloud-hosted HR provider Workday. The firm began life in 2005 after Bhusri had moved on from PeopleSoft, after it was acquired by Oracle.
He has also spent time as an investing partner at Greylock Partners and as chairman of the board at Data Domain, which was acquired by EMC for $2.4bn in 2009.
Bhusri received an MBA from Stanford University and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering and a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics, both from Brown University.
V3: What does your day-to-day role involve?
Bhusri: These days, my role is mostly about getting everyone on the same page and, along with my co-founder Dave, reinforcing our culture. I also try to do my best to keep our customers, partners and investors happy.
What would be your dream job (apart from your current role, of course)
Which mobile phone and tablet do you currently use?
iPhone, Nexus 4, iPad Mini.
Which person do you most admire in the IT industry?
My co-founder Dave Duffield.
Which technology has had the biggest impact on your working life?
The iPad and iPad Mini.
What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
Founding and building Workday.
What was your first job?
In high school, I worked at Burger King and taught tennis. My first job after college was as an analyst at Morgan Stanley.
What will be the next big innovation of the coming years?
Intersection between software, internet and the physical world. The robots from The Jetsons might finally become a reality on a mass scale.
What do you enjoy doing when you finish work?
Spending time with my family.
What was the last book you read and was it any good?
The Score Takes Care of Itself: My Philosophy on Leadership by Bill Walsh (a famous US football coach of the San Francisco 49ers). Very good, I highly recommend it.
Who is your favourite band/musician?
Bruce Springsteen. Well, I was born in New Jersey. (Great choice - news ed)
Where’s your favourite holiday destination?
Sun Valley, Idaho.
E-readers or real books?
E-reader while travelling, but I still like real books when at home.
Twitter, Facebook or Google+?
All three, but for different things.
The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?
Windows or Mac OS?
On-premise or cloud?
Are you kidding?! Cloud of course!
How can we get more school children interested in IT careers?
Make math and science fun to learn. I am a big fan of the Khan Academy.
Did you always grow up wanting to work in IT?
Nope. I wanted to be an aeronautical engineer but my college didn't have that major.
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