Mukesh Gupta

clock • 2 min read

What has been your personal highlight of 2020?

Working from home regularly for the first time has been enjoyable - more time spent with my kids, improving my cooking and learning to play the piano.

Which three celebrities would you invite to a Zoom party?

I think we're all used to seeing our friends and having fun on Zoom, so I don't need a celebrity to provide entertainment.

What has been your guiltiest lockdown pleasure?

Finding the opportunity for quality time in the garden. I've found a new love of chipping! But as a guilty pleasure, binge-watching series on Netflix is there too.

Which tech figurehead has inspired you most this year, and why?

Zoom's leadership have demonstrated the importance of having the right product, at the right time, and delivering for your customers. No-one predicted this situation, but they've made the most of it, and been very agile in responding to intense customer and market feedback.

What piece of technology, or app, have you not been able to do without during the pandemic?

It's hard to avoid the obvious: Netflix!

If you could be anyone else for a week, who would you be and what would you do? 

Being Jeff Bezos, and then getting divorced to make my wife the second-richest person in the world would be interesting!

Do you miss face-to-face events?

I miss the personal engagement, body language and human interaction of face-to-face events - but I think we've also learned how we'd like to change them for the better in the future.

How will COVID leave its mark on the way the channel operates long term?

It might mean a long-term recession, but the way the channel has embraced and enabled digital transformation and remote working for customers has fundamentally changed all our working lives. Making a positive change while still being able to grow our businesses and be successful is a fantastic opportunity, and one we all need to embrace.

You may also like
Three channel experts share their cyber predictions for 2024

Reseller

Experts from e92plus, Bytes and Crayon Group discuss emerging threats, shifts in procurement and the driving forces behind cyber shifts

clock 15 December 2023 • 8 min read
e92plus digs deep with new cybersecurity vendor partnership

Distributor

The partnership with vendor Deep Instinct brings a prevention-first cybersecurity approach to the distie's roster

clock 16 August 2023 • 2 min read
e92plus adds QOMPLX to ITDR security roster

Distributor

The distie hopes to up cybersecurity defences with stronger identity threat detection & response (ITDR) services

clock 18 April 2023 • 1 min read

Sign up to our newsletter

The best news, stories, features and photos from the day in one perfectly formed email.

More on People

Anushka Davies

Anushka Davies

CRN
clock 13 June 2024 • 3 min read
Katie Sloan

Katie Sloan

CRN
clock 13 June 2024 • 3 min read
CRN's Diversity Leaders 2024

CRN's Diversity Leaders 2024

The inaugural list celebrates the trailblasers pushing for an inclusive tech channel

clock 13 June 2024 • 2 min read

Highlights

Staff & Salaries 2022

Staff & Salaries 2022

A snapshot of pay and headcount trends in the UK channel

Doug Woodburn
clock 09 March 2022 • 1 min read
Midwich CEO on Nimans acquisition, 2021 results and return to pre-pandemic levels

Midwich CEO on Nimans acquisition, 2021 results and return to pre-pandemic levels

Stephen Fenby talks to CRN after Midwich’s 2021 results in which profitability exceeded pre-pandemic levels

Josh Budd
clock 08 March 2022 • 3 min read
4 more vendors suspend sales in Russia following Ukraine invasion

4 more vendors suspend sales in Russia following Ukraine invasion

IBM and Microsoft are among a number of vendors which have also announced that they will halt sales in Russia following the invasion of Ukraine.

clock 08 March 2022 • 3 min read