Dave Stevinson

CEO, QBS Software

Doug Woodburn
clock • 1 min read
Dave Stevinson

What has been your business highlight of 2022?

We finally achieving our B Corp status in August 2022.

If you were ruler of your own country, what law would you introduce first?

I would look at company law and replace the shareholder primacy clause to ensure that all businesses exist to serve each of their stakeholders. This is something I have been incredibly passionate about at QBS.

Which channel or tech leader (outside of your own company) has impressed you most in 2022?

It has been a bit of a tough year for traditional tech. Although I must say that the fellow from WeWork, Adam Neuman, has impressed me raising $350m for a pre-seed company - valuing Flow at more than a billion. What could possibly go wrong?

If you had a warning label, what would it say?

"Fantastically loyal."

What was your first job?

Excluding various part time jobs that I held while at school and university, I started working in the IT channel for a company manufacturing computer displays in the Far East called CTX.

What was the last book you read, and was it any good?

It was called It's Not The How or The What But The Who. I was given it by the author, Claudio Fernandez-Araoz and as such I am going to award it 10/10 for value.

What's the most important lesson you've learned from another business leader or mentor?

Without a doubt it is the message I was taught in business school: "Make a decent profit decently."

Who would play you in a movie of your life?

I am not sure that it would be such an interesting movie, or a long list of applicants. Yet I always liked Tim Roth as an actor.

Sign up to our newsletter

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

More on Careers and Skills

'Feel the fear and do it anyway': Top advice from the Women in Tech Festival 2023

'Feel the fear and do it anyway': Top advice from the Women in Tech Festival 2023

We round up the most essential words of wisdom shared during The Channel Company’s Women in Tech Festival 2023

Andrea Gaini
clock 01 November 2023 • 5 min read
Marketing Minutes: Philips Monitors on the role of channel partners in ensuring ESG is prioritised

Marketing Minutes: Philips Monitors on the role of channel partners in ensuring ESG is prioritised

AOC
clock 23 August 2023 • 1 min read
Marketing Minutes: Philips Monitors shares how organisations can support productive hybrid working with the right hardware solutions

Marketing Minutes: Philips Monitors shares how organisations can support productive hybrid working with the right hardware solutions

A productive working environment is all about having the right kit, according to Philips Monitors

AOC
clock 16 August 2023 • 1 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