10 things you didn't know about Rahul Sood, CTO of HP Voodoo business unit

10 personal questions and 10 personal answers : We are launching our new series with Rahul Sood, chief technology officer of the HP Voodoo Business Unit. Sood oversees the technical strategy and product vision for the business unit’s products, including the Voodoo Omen and Envy product lines, the award-winning HP Blackbird 002 and other products with the Voodoo DNA ingredient brand. He is also responsible for identifying intellectual property from HP and its partners for use in consumer gaming and high-performance devices. Sood joined HP in November 2006 after it acquired luxury and gaming computer manufacturer VoodooPC, a company he founded in 1991.

Rahul Sood Voodoo

I couldn’t survive without … my wife. I wouldn’t be who I am today without her, she’s an amazing person.

The best advice I ever got was … from my father. He basically told me you don’t just plant a business and watch it grow. I think he said something like “it’s not an f#@ !ing plant son ! You have to work at it in order to make it successful !”

The person I admire most is … Bill Gates. Bill Gates understands that the process of giving away money for the betterment of society is harder than it sounds. It requires a higher level of entrepreneurialism that very few people in the world possess, and perhaps many more don’t care.

If I could go anywhere, or do anything, I would … move to India and live like a king. At the same time I would work out a way to export medical services all over the world profitably while giving it away for free to people in need.

A technology I have no use for is … voicemail. What the hell is voicemail ? It’s garbage, I don’t check it, I don’t like it, and in fact we have an answering machine at home and I never check it. So, thanks to my friend Jeff, I found a solution that totally eliminates the need for voicemail.

The best idea I had was … learning how to ride a road bike so we could figure out a way to partner & merge with Hewlett-Packard (check my blog if you don’t know the story). No but seriously, the concept of taking a high end brand and plugging it into a mainstream company was borrowed from the automotive industry. Lamborghini and Audi is probably the most successful example of this, and thus inspired some of the thinking behind this decision.

Luxury is … in the eye of the beholder. Some people would say spending $5000 on a Vertu phone or accepting an invitation for an American Express Centurion card at $7500 a year is nuts. Yet if you ask anyone who has done either, they will likely tell you that they’ll do it again. A true luxury product should have a noticeable and attributable value attached to it.

I wish I had invented … Rather than talking about what I wish I invented, I’d rather help find the cure for Autism, or at the very least, an explanation for how it happens. Right now there is no known cause or cure and a new case of autism is now found in one in every 150 births. It’s an absolutely incredible phenomenon that requires awareness, research, and compassion.

My tombstone should read … Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

A person/trend/technology to watch is … Simulscribe. This company is hot. They have a great solution which eliminates the need to check your voicemail. I think they’re going places fast.

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