Belfast Telegraph

'I've played most team sports... and all badly'

Mark Dowds enjoys mountain biking in his spare time
Mark Dowds enjoys mountain biking in his spare time

Q. What's the best piece of business (or life) advice you've ever been given? 

A. Be yourself and remain curious in all situations.

Q. What piece of advice would you pass on to someone starting out in business? 

A. Assume success and live from that perceptual position.

Q. What was your best business decision? 

A. Investing in Bullet Time Ventures, which invested in Uber on the seed round.

Q. If you weren't doing this job, what would be your other career? 

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A. I would be a venture capitalist.

Q. What was your last holiday? And where are you going next?

A. Skiing in the Alps with my family. I would like to go to Alaska.

Q. What are your hobbies/interests? 

A. I love mountain-biking and going to live music.

Q. What is your favourite sport and team? 

A. That would be the Ulster rugby team.

Q. And have you ever played any sports? 

A. Yes, I have played most team sports and all of them badly. I have competed in ultra marathons and ultra mountain-biking and have done quite well.

Q. If you enjoy reading, can you recommend a book? 

A. The Age of Spiritual Machines by Ray Kurzweil.

Q. How would you describe your early life?

A. I was wild and playful and did a great job of getting into trouble at school.

Q. Have you any economic predictions?

A. That Brexit will hurt us and that we all should be working on elder care tech.

Q. How would you assess your time in business with Trov/Ormeau Baths?

A. Trov is pretty demanding and it fills me with excitement and adrenaline. I have learned more in this venture over the last seven years than anything else I have ever done. I also love Ormeau Baths, as I get to see what is happening in the entrepreneurial sector in Belfast and be able to help.

Q. How would you sum up what it's like working in the tech sector?

A. It is a pretty wild, but exciting, ride for the most part. It is fast changing and evolving, so it keeps me on my toes and watching world trends.

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