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C-suite talk fav tech: David Benjamin, Box

Name: David Benjamin

Job title: General Manager and SVP of Box EMEA

Company: Box

Industry: Technology, cloud, collaboration, content management

Location: London, UK

Years’ of experience: Over 20 years of experience

 

What is your favourite personal gadget? 
My Jabra Wireless Earphones. I spend much of my day on calls with customers, partners, and remote employees, and I pace when taking calls. My wireless earphones keep me hands-free and mobile, and allow me to move around, which keeps me focused on the call. As well, we have offices in France, Germany, Sweden, and the Netherlands, so I spend a lot of time in airports. My earphones allow me to join calls comfortably no matter where I am in the world.  

Do you have a favourite piece of personal software? 
Revolut - the money app that gives inter-banking rates for currency exchange. They offer a bunch of services - traditional banking alternatives - which are both innovative and very useful for frequent trips abroad. 

What was the first piece of technology you got really excited about? 
A Palm Pilot. It's nothing compared to what smartphones can do today, but in its day, it was cutting edge technology and delivered something that no other devices offered. 

What device improves your life most at work? 
For me it's an app: Parkopedia. I'm on the road every week and, when possible, I travel between meetings on my motorbike. I use Parkopedia to find the nearest parking space which saves me valuable time, especially in London. 

What software keeps you most productive at work? 
It has to be Box, of course! Truly though, with Box, I can access all my content from anywhere in the world straight from my mobile phone. This means I can quickly check a presentation on the fly, access sales figures before I join a call sitting in the airport, or send important material even when I'm on holiday. 

Is there any technology that has become extinct that you would like to resurrect? 
The Polaroid Camera. There's nothing more charming than a retro Polaroid snap! 

Is there any technology you would personally recommend that you don’t think enough people know about? (Hardware or software, work or personal). It has to be re-usable Nespresso coffee pods. My busy days are fuelled by caffeine, and I couldn't live without Nespresso. 

Do you think anything about your personal use of tech would surprise your colleagues? 
Even though the rest of the world has gone digital and all my content is available online, I still occasionally use a dot matrix printer at home! 

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