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Tommy Ahlers: The software boss who says he was born to lead

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For someone who happily admits he isn’t very good at computer programming, Tommy Ahlers has done rather well for himself in the world of software.

The Danish entrepreneur is best known as the former boss and co-founder of ZYB, a cloud storage back-up system for mobile phone users.

The business was set up in Denmark in 2005 with only a handful of staff. Just three years later it was snapped up by mobile phone giant Vodafone for $50m (£31m).

Rather than simply sit back and count his new found fortune, Mr Ahlers has gone on to successfully lead another Danish technology start-up, project management software company Podio, which last year was also bought out in a multimillion dollar deal.

Mr Ahlers, 38, says that while he isn’t great at coding, he’s not bad at being a leader.

It made me want to be an entrepreneur, and the gratification that if I hadn’t done something it wouldn’t have been done”

“I’m a very passionate and enthusiastic manager,” he says. “My job is to convey my passion and vision to the team, to be a good communicator, to get everyone to believe in the same thing.

“The whole programming definitely needs to be delegated, but I can spot a new idea or trend, and then rally support around it from a team of staff and investors. If you have these things you can make something a success.”

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