When it comes to tech, we think there are few people with the breadth of knowledge to match Adam Fleming.
As Apadmi’s Co-founder and Group Chief Technology Officer, Adam’s constantly looking for the next big thing in the world of tech, and is a human encyclopedia when it comes to innovations in the world of mobile.
We sat down with Adam to learn more about his thoughts on Apadmi, post-lockdown plans and his secret to keeping up with the current trends in tech.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
“I’m pretty much an open book. If you spend any time with me you’ll quickly find out that I’m a dad, an exercise junkie and a geek. I guess most people assume I’m from ‘down south’ somewhere, but I actually grew up the furthest North of all the Apadmi Founders.”
Who do you consider an inspiration or idol and why?
“Tech has no shortage of inspirational characters and stories, but as a bit of an exercise junkie (I tend to take inspiration from extreme athletes) Ross Edgely who swam around Britain without once touching land, and James Lawrence (the Iron Cowboy) who did 50 Ironman Triathlons, in 50 days, across 50 states – and is currently doing 100:100:100 – are two names that tend to come front-of-mind when the going gets tough.”
What is one piece of tech you’d like to see hit the market in the next decade?
“Wow – that’s a big question. Ten years in tech is a long time! Apart from the obvious (I want my flying car), I’d love to see a Tony Stark style virtual work environment.”
How do you keep your knowledge of the tech sector current when things are moving so fast?
“Staying curious. There’s so much fascinating stuff going on, but you’ve got to have the desire to go and find it.”
What’s the first thing you’re going to do when lockdown ends?
“Once the hangover clears, I’ll be looking up friends and family who I haven’t seen for too long.”
If someone wants to buy you a drink post-lockdown what should they pick?
“Anything cold and wet! Howard’s finally managed to turn me on to IPAs – so that’d probably be top billing at the moment.”
Name one thing you love, and one thing you’d change about Apadmi.
“The thing I love about Apadmi? Our people and clients – you can have the best team in the world, but you’ve got to have great things for them to do! The thing I’d change? Get the office properly open again!”
What’s been the biggest learning curve in your career today?
“A career in tech (particularly at the pointy end) is one long learning curve. I wouldn’t really call out anything in particular – although sometimes the context shifts can be dizzying. One week I’m looking at IAAS platforms, the next I’m reading through research papers on device type recognition based on internet traffic and usage patterns. Getting used to that is probably the biggest learning curve to this kind of job.”
What are your goals for 2021?
“2021 is going to be such a strange year in many ways. As we try and get back to some kind of normality, my main goal is to work through that transition as smoothly as possible. There are a few really exciting projects that we’re working on at the moment – we’ve got some pretty aggressive goals around those as well!”
What are you looking forward to in 2021?
Having a beer in the sun with more than 6 people.