Rapid-Fire Q&A: Bill Maimone, Our New Head of Engineering

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It is our pleasure to introduce you to another Anaplan DISRUPTOR – Bill Maimone!

It has been a joy to get to know Bill over the past months leading up to his hire. Now that it’s official, we want the entire community to get to know him better too! To kick that off, Bill and I had a great chat about what joining Anaplan means to him and how he intends to spread our Disruption to others.

Give it a read – you’re going to like him as much as we do! Take it away Bill:

1.   In one word, how would you describe Anaplan?

Disruptive, in a positive way.

2.   How is Anaplan a disruptor?

Simple, intuitive, powerful. I see non-programmers building and rolling out applications that have eluded successful deployment despite massive multi-year efforts using traditional products.

3.   What most excites you about Anaplan?

The customer reference videos. Check them out on www.anaplan.com.

4.   Why is the market ready for a shift?

Ready? I wish I’d had this product twenty-five years ago when I had to build a budget planning application with spreadsheets and a database.

5.   Why are you a disruptor?

If not a disruptor there’s no point in coming to work.

6.   Who is your favorite superhero?

Ironman – disruptive technology with an intuitive interface, a great businessman, and a team player. And though I haven’t done the full Ironman distance, I do enjoy triathlons.

7.   You have a teleporter that can travel to any time, anywhere – so, where to?

To the distant future, at least a few hundred years out. Are we alone? Were Google Glass and Facebook the first baby steps to re-making ourselves into the Borg?

8.   Is the book always better than the movie?

Yes, except possibly for action movies. Rarely does a drama get made from a poor book, and at best the movie lives up to the book.

9.   Sun or snow?

Sun. Swimming and running are ok in the winter, but I’m nervous riding a bike on snow.

10.  What is playing on your iPod right now?

My iPod is loaded with podcasts – TED lectures, “What You Missed in History Class”, “Wait, Wait”.

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