C-suite talk fav tech: Darren Mangan, Logitech
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C-suite talk fav tech: Darren Mangan, Logitech

16-11-17-darren-mangan-logitechName: Darren Mangan

Job title: Head of Business Marketing for EMEA

Company: Logitech

Industry: Technology    

Location: Windsor, UK

Years’ of experience: Over 20 years


What is your favourite personal gadget?

My iPhone - I simply couldn’t function without it! It allows me to stay connected to ‘my’ digital world wherever I am. It's the perfect device which optimises my work and personal lifestyle, whilst removing the need for multiple devices.  

I love the fact you have access to anything and everything at a touch of a button - although there’s two ways to look at it. While on one hand it helps improve efficiency as information is so readily available, however the days of being to cultivate and examine written content in front of us is a skill that could be gradually lost with the rise of this handheld technology.

However, one of the best things that I do love is having so much music in one place. Gone are the days before going on holiday, I have more CD’s in my suitcase than clothes!  


Do you have a favourite piece of personal software?

The seamless iOS flow between iPhone, iPad and Mac is essential to me. It makes a massive difference when switching between devices as I can either be on-the-go, in an office or working from home.

Being able to share data, files and access this information anywhere, anytime for me is a truly integrated approach, where customer experience is at the heart of it. Having this consistent software flow is increasingly important to us these days given the number of devices we possess, not having to struggle with different formats is a huge time-saver.  


What was the first piece of technology you got really excited about?

My first ever computer was a Commodore 64 which I received from my parents as a Christmas present. I was initially meant to get the Commodore 16, but thanks to a persistent salesman I received an upgrade!

I definitely have fond memories of this computer where many hours were spent on it, playing lo-fi graphic games like Daley Thompson’s Decathlon!


What device improves your life most at work?

For everyday use, it’s got to be Logitech’s MX Master 2S mouse. It lets me navigate between two computers seamlessly, and one of its best features is it tracks on any surface.

As I often have to be on the move, having a mouse which works well on any material, even glass, is a game-changer as it takes away the hassle of organising my technology when travelling. This helps free up my time to focus on other things and be more productive.  


What software keeps you most productive at work?

I do owe a large part of my productivity to Google Chat. As my role is focused on EMEA markets, being able to communicate instantly with multiple people at the same time, share documents and engage efficiently with speed and clarity is crucial.


Is there any technology that has become extinct that you would like to resurrect?

There’s so many devices from the past that hold many great memories for me from Atari gaming systems, old school typewriters where I learnt to touch type 60 words per minute without even looking at the keys!

The one product which stands out was the disposable Kodak camera which was a holiday staple! There was something fun about the whole process of having to wind the camera dial, take a photo with no clue whether it would be good or bad, then waiting for days after the holiday for them to be developed. Being able to capture that one-off moment is now lost, as today’s technology allows you to curate the seemingly perfect shot.


Is there any technology you would personally recommend that you don’t think enough people know about? (Hardware or software, work or personal)

Logitech recently launched a game changing presentation remote, Spotlight, which is the perfect accessory for anyone who presents on a regular basis. Standing in front of people and presenting can be a daunting experience, be it a presentation to peers, customer meeting, an interview or even as a start-up trying to secure funding.

The goal with Spotlight is to help give the user that extra boost in confidence to deliver a great presentation which will make you stand out. It’s not just a ‘clicker’ showing slide after slide, it is a presentation remote which through the software allows the user to personalise their presentation. 

From shining a spotlight on a part of your slide, zooming in on a detailed section (handy when showing lots of numbers on a slide) or setting a timer which will provide haptic feedback, so you don’t run over your allocated time. It’s changed the way I not only prepare for presentations but also has made me feel a lot more confident when talking in front of people.  


Do you think anything about your personal use of tech would surprise your colleagues?

When I’m back home, I actually try to minimise the amount of technology available! As father to three small children, I do think it’s important their main source of learning and engagement is not always with a screen.

Therefore, I try to lead by example and don’t use my phone too often when I’m spending time with my children. In fact, we only allow technology as a reward for good behaviour and this applies to me too!


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