Tangerine ten questions

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If you don’t follow Tangerine NY’s blog, I would recommend that you do for the curated mix of zeitgeist and Tangerine ten questions interviews. The Tangerine ten questions:

Where are you right now?
What did you want to be when you were a child?
How do you think we can keep talent motivated?
What are you reading now?
What is you latest ‘must have’?
What is your favorite piece of technology?
What subject do you wish you’d paid more attention to in school?
Where is your favorite place for a drink?
If you could have one superpower what would it be?
What is one thing about you that most people would be surprised to know?

I think that the Tangerine ten questions are a gateway to creating clever engaging content for a number of reasons:

  • They’re human. They provide an idea of the world view of the person
  • They provide useful content depending on the context
  • They encourage the interviewee to provide smart content
  • There are only two lame questions in there and they’re at the end. If you look platforms such as dating platforms you quickly realise that people have more in common, and are less differentiated than you think. The hardest questions in the Tangerine ten questions also have the least value. But eight out of ten is still really good

My answers to the Tangerine ten questions

Where are you right now?

At home sat in front of my laptop sipping a can of Fanta

What did you want to be when you were a child?

I could remember that I was more gripped by concern that I managed to get a job when I left school rather than what role it would be. Joblessness was a worry. My parents had moved from Ireland when the economy there was bad and at the time I was in infant school the UK was getting a bailout from the IMF. Later on factories were closed on a daily basis.

How do you think we can keep you motivated

I have always marched to beat of my own drum and been self motivated

What are you reading now?

Online, I follow hundreds of sites via an RSS reader. Offline, I read Wired magazine religiously. I also enjoy reading non-fiction such as The Dentsu Way.

What is you latest ‘must have’?

Rhodia notebooks. I find the paper of a better than Moleskine notebooks, but the Rhodia still has the same useful design features of Moleskines

What is your favourite piece of technology

My favourite piece of technology continues to be my Mac.

What subject do you wish that you had paid more attention to at school?

I wish I had been allowed to study economics rather than being put into a science track without any input into the matter.

Where is a favourite place for a drink?

Alchemy is a small chain coffee shop down the road from my office in Hoi Wan Street in Quarry Bay.

If I could have one superpower, what would it be?


What is the one thing about me that most people would be surprised to know?

I was an extra in Chariots of Fire. The experience was very underwhelming and I didn’t get paid.

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