In The Hot Seat: Nick Barden, VIP Computers

VIP’s head of retail on singing ‘Islands in the Stream’, hailing from Australia and Steven Gerrard slipping up
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We sat down with Nick Barden, head of retail at VIP Computers, to ask him some gruelling questions about phobias, time travel and lazy people.

What’s your most embarrassing or funniest moment in the industry?
Other than the usual accidental email there are not many I can think of. Or at least none I can have published in PCR!

What was your fist job?
My first real job was at VIP when I finished university. I obviously had jobs at various retail outlets as a youngster.

Do you have any phobias?
Not really. Other than the usual spiders and snakes etc, but nobody likes them do they!

If you could go back in time, what would you do?
I would go back to the Liverpool vs Chelsea game and stop Steven Gerrard from slipping and giving the ball to Demba Ba... it still hurts me now.

What are your guilty pleasures?
I do enjoy a thorough sing song on my commute to work. I do a great rendition of ‘Islands in the Stream’ – both Kenny and Dolly parts.

Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I would like to think still in the industry but who knows where? Anything is possible.

Tell us something about you not many people know...
I was actually born in Sydney, Australia. I can only assume my parents preferred the weather in the UK.

What’s going to be the next big thing in tech?
Other than the standard ‘VR’ answer, I think gaming is going from strength to strength at the moment and some of our key partners are going to release some interesting concepts over the next few months...

What kind of person do you find difficult to work with?
Lazy people! I have no time for people who do not pull their weight.

Would you like to nominate anyone for our next ‘In the hot seat’?
Lisa Wooton from NVIDIA.

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