Peter manages the team
Favorite music: electro, techno and house but since I am a child of the 80’s I am nostalgic about the classic pop, rock and dance songs of the 80’s, 90’s and even 00’s
Favorite musical moment: I haven’t been to a lot of concerts but I will always remember Faithless in Sportpaleis in Antwerp
Favorite soundtrack: Top Gun, of course ;-)
Being the jack-of-all-trades
There are many ways in which the neoScores team is very diverse, and that’s good. Employees with different backgrounds, focuses and opinions make for a stronger team. That also shines through in our individual responsibilities; everyone needs to step up and fill the gaps. In my role as CEO, I conduct job interviews and evaluations, prepare for board meetings, define our product roadmap and help out with online marketing and customer support, among many other things. But there is one aspect where I’m the outsider of the group; I’m the only one who doesn’t play an instrument or know how to read music.
Being the odd one out
Through our ‘Food for Thought’ sessions (our monthly meetings over lunch break where someone takes the lead and talks in depth about something they’re passionate about) I’ve been able to catch up on a little bit. An introduction to music notation and an overview of the history of classical music have given me some insight in what was evident to my co-workers. But despite these sessions and spending most of my day working on a music related product, I can’t call myself a full-fledged musician yet.
Diversity is key
Nevertheless, I believe that this ‘lack’ of musical knowledge contributes to an interesting dynamic. It forces me to assess our business from an external perspective, and requires the rest of the team to take a step back and think rationally about our product roadmap instead of being biased through their own musical experiences. I will always focus on the most intuitive user experience above everything, without being led astray by distracting details.
Being able to think and act outside the box, taking on many different responsibilities and focuses is crucial at a startup company. That’s why being a musician is not a requirement to be a part of neoScores… In an environment as diverse as ours, the key is having many different personalities and skill sets, to somehow get a homogenous team. And I think we’re doing a pretty good job in that aspect.