IDG Connect: Typical 24, John Cooke, Black Pepper Software

Typical 24: John Cooke, Black Pepper Software

IDG Connect is looking to speak to IT, business and marketing professionals across the spectrum to discover more about their very different, typical working days…


Name: John Cooke

Job title: Managing director

Company: Black Pepper Software

Location: Leamington Spa, United Kingdom

Years’ experience: 20, with 5 years as an MD

1. What time do you reach the office each day? I usually arrive to work at 8.45am.

2. Is your job varied? Yes, I carry out a wide range of tasks during the working day. I still “get my hands dirty” delivering software and leading a team of developers while I regularly meet with clients and prospects, alongside attending industry events. For example, I recently attended an “Internet of Industrial Things” cluster workshop and an Agile software development meet-up.

3. Is your job creative? Yes, finding the right solution to our customers’ problems really gets the creative juices flowing. Every customer is different and as such, has a very different set of problems we need to solve. This means I am faced with exciting challenges all the time.

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