Ever wondered what makes the Zappar team tick? In our new hotseat series we profile the personalities behind the team. In the hotseat this week is our CEO Caspar, chatting all things business, butterflies and bad table manners…
How many years have you been working in tech?
Six years. I'm a relative newcomer - but then so was the App Store on that timeline, and look where it is now!
What’s the first thing you do when you get into the office?
I say hi to Simon, my co-Founder and R&D Director - he's always first in the door however early I turn up. Then I sit down and crack on with emails from our partners around the world that have come in overnight.
Tell us three things you do every day in your role:
On the practical side, I always take time to look at new zaps and any feedback we have from users on the Zapcode Creator.
Looking more at the bigger picture, I always learn something new each day (that's the beauty of being part of your own pioneering tech platform!) and I always make sure we're one day better than the day before - it's all about the little steps on a long journey.
Best thing about working at Zappar:
The people. It's all about the people – whether that’s here at Zappar Labs, our fantastic reseller network or our business partners.
If you weren’t working in tech, where would we find you?
You wouldn't find me - I'd go off grid!
What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever received – and who gave you it?
It's actually a quote from Pico Iyer's book The Art of Stillness: Adventures in going nowhere, which says: 'Don't just do something. Sit there.'
Who would be your three dream dinner party guests – and who definitely wouldn’t be invited?
My wife and three kids, although that's four. You'll have to take one out, as I'm not going to!
How do you relax after a long day?
Relaxing isn't really my thing, if I'm honest.
As for definite no-nos, anyone who eats with their mouth open and masticates loudly would be off my list – it ruins any meal for me.
First gig you ever attended:
Turbo Rooster, in Notting Hill. You'll never find them, but anyone who was touched by them will never be the same. You know who you are people!
What (or who) inspires you?
Butterflies. Their ability to adapt to their environment is beyond comprehension! We may think we've done incredible, pioneering things, but you can't beat Mother Nature.
You get given one super human power – what would you pick?
The ability to make anyone uncontrollably kind - see if that doesn't solve the world's problems.
Piece of tech you couldn’t live without:
I don’t think that technology has to mean digital, so for me it’s the feather pillow – this is a big leap from a stone and miles better than the awful synthetic pillows you get on planes and in hotels. I owe a lot to the person who thought to take the feathers off a bird and stuff ‘em in a cotton sack – sleep is big in my life!
Other than that I'd say the Nespresso coffee machine – it’s the only thing that keeps me awake after the feather pillow has put me to sleep!
Best AR innovation you’ve seen lately:
What the guys in the labs are doing building our next-generation content development tools. There are some really exciting developments happening which we'll be talking much more about in the coming months, so stay tuned!
Number one smartphone app:
Uber, when I am in LA.
What do you think is the best technology innovation of the last 100 years?
Selfishly, I think it would have to be the iPad as the new pacifier for kids. Thank you Steve Jobs for giving me my mornings back on the weekend!