Name: Tim Duffy

Age: 56

Company: MeetingZone

Turnover: £11m (2010)

First job: Design engineer with EMI Radar

Dream job: Venture capitalist

Car: Mercedes Estate

Economy, business or first class: Economy and hope for upgrades!

Most extravagant purchase: Flat in Paris.

Most-played song on your iPod: “Walking on a Dream” by Empire of the Sun.

Best business book: Not a great fan of business books!

Worst business moment: Dealing with difficult shareholders.

Proudest business moment: Raising £2m capital to start MeetingZone from scratch in the dotcom crash of 2002.

Your business mentor: I’ve learnt a lot from many people over the years, particularly the executive team I worked with at PictureTel in Boston during the nineties and the VCs at Kleiner Perkins and Accel.

Next big thing: Can’t say. In my experience it always comes from left field and is rarely predictable!

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