It’s Paul Goodrick’s turn in the spotlight this month. ‘Goody’ has been part of the team since the early days of Vapour, so has a deep-rooted understanding of what makes the business tick. Get to know him a little better, in this quickfire Q&A…

How did you first get into the world of tech?

I worked with Vapour’s CEO Tim Mercer at another technology company, and when he founded this business, I came on board here.

I knew Vapour would flourish because of the attitude, product set and customer focus. We were cloud-first too – challenging, ambitious and highly experienced in a complex world full of myths and misunderstandings.

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

Television as a child. I always wanted to know how the image could move when there weren’t actually people in the box. Also, radio-controlled cars – as a young lad, I had an obsession with them and how they worked without a cable!

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

As part of a fast-paced organisation, you need to know what you are doing, be a strong team player, work well with colleagues, and go that bit further when needed, without question.

You also need a rhino-thick skin for all the teasing!

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

Nothing really – it’s a sector changing beyond recognition from year to year, so I’d say there’s enough evolution there already!

Why do you think Vapour stands out in the channel?

Because we are a relatively small business with a substantial presence in a big arena, we can offer a game-changing technical service while still being personal. As a customer, you can talk to anyone you like here, from a junior apprentice to the CEO. We are here. Can you imagine speaking to the CEO of BT if you needed to? I doubt it!

Complete the sentences:

The best piece of tech ever invented is... the silicon chip.

The next purchase on my (personal) tech wishlist is... a high spec Meade telescope.

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

The biggest misconception in the channel is that... business has slumped drastically due to Covid. Companies have a next-level appetite for digital transformation, so organisations with the right proposition, are thriving.

By the end of 2020, our tech will have made organisations far more... resilient to the changes in the workplace due to COVID restrictions. It is now abundantly clear that staff can work from home in more sectors than we’d have ever thought possible in 2019.

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