It’s Dan Needham’s turn in the spotlight this month. His early introduction into tech started at just six years old with a PlayStation One, and who can blame him - they were all the range back in the day. But flash forward to 2021, and it’s clear that for Dan, the way that tech can bring people together and encourage that feeling of community is prominent.

Take it away Dan…

How did you first get into the world of tech?

From a professional standpoint, I was introduced to the world of tech by BrightHR, a Software as a Service companythat transforms the way organisations manage people.

And what is your earliest memory of tech in your life?

It has to bewhen I got my first PlayStation One for my birthday at about six years old. Playing games like Rayman and Spyro were my earliest memory of tech - those were the days!

What’s the one quality you need to thrive in this environment (especially at Vapour)?

Be self-motivated with passion. You need to know the industry back to front and be able to read up on the topics that matter to truly relate to your customers.

And what is the one thing you would change about the tech sector?

I would change the perception of the tech sector. It sometimes has a negative connotation due to people not having the right understanding of what it is and what it can really do.

Why do you think Vapour stands out in the channel?

If you want something doing at Vapour, the answer is usually always yes, we love a challenge and aren’t easily fazed. And, if we can’t help you, we know someone who can.

Complete the sentences:

The best piece of tech ever invented is...

It has to be the internet – it’s great at bringing everyone together, and especially over the last year this has been extremely important.

The next purchase on my (personal) tech wishlist is...

An Apple Watch – I’ve had a Fitbit for the last few years and would love to upgrade to an Apple Watch as my next tech purchase.

A tech firm that has really stood out for me in the last 12 months is...

This is a tricky one, especially after the year we’ve had, where overnight we were plunged into relying so much more on tech than we were used to. I’m going to have to say investment platform eToro. They provide a community that shares information about investment and makes it accessible for everyone.

The biggest misconception in the channel is that...

Moving to the cloud is complicated… with the right vision and strategy, the move can be made easy.

By the end of 2021, our tech will have made organisations far more...

Secure – cyber security breaches and ransomware attacks can be really costly, so organisations need to be more proactive rather than reactive in our security.