David Rowan, editor-in-chief, WIRED magazine

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First computer: Apple Performa 5200
First mobile phone: Sagem. It cost £18 but the battery lasted days.
First job: Trainee reporter, The Times
Digital hero: Nikolai Tesla
How many flights have you taken in the last year? 120!
Best thing about your current job: I get to meet the crazy ones
Who have you interviewed recently? James Murdoch, Zaha Hadid and David Cameron
Last time you wore a tie: Last night, to reassure a corporate audience that I wasn't a threat
If the insurance industry was a piece of technology what would it be? An over-regulated train set

Andrew Rear, chief executive, digital partners, Munich Re

Andrew Rear, chief executive, digital partners, Munich Re

First computer: ZX Spectrum
First mobile phone:
Nokia 1610 - the one before the classic Nokia
First job:
Barman, waiter and part-time film extra
Digital hero:
Clive Sinclair
Best thing about your current job:
The pace and vision of our start-up partners
Last time you wore a tie:
When I go to our head office in Munich (mostly to ask for money...)
If the insurance industry was a piece of technology what would it be?
Fixed-line telephony
If you were not a digital activist what would you be doing?
Regretting it
Any quote or statement you would like on your profile: I'm just trying to live in the future, in an industry that lives in the past

 

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