10 questions for Ping Identity CTO Patrick Harding

By , IDG News Service |  Software

Going home to my four kids isn't going to be unwinding -- that just gets more hectic [laughing]. So where I do tend to unwind is either out playing golf or tennis, getting active basically. I don't do as much as I'd like to, but that's where I tend to unwind more often than not.

10. If you weren't doing this job, what would you be doing?

That's a great question. Sometimes you get so sucked into what you are doing. When I was at Fidelity it was a really interesting organization because it invested heavily in IT and infrastructure and technology to the tune of $2 or $3 billion a year. There was the opportunity to do lots of things. I always said I'd only leave that environment if I had the opportunity to be the CTO at a startup, so I really am doing now what I always wanted to be doing, to be a CTO at a high-growth startup that is doing really, really well.

So what would I do next, because every good thing does come to an end. As my career has advanced and I've grown older and more mature, going from being the youngest guy to having people working for me, the mentoring part is really fun. I could see myself going off and lecturing in a campus environment at the end of my career. It would be a nice way to relax after the fast pace of a startup environment, it would put me back into research and thinking.

The other side of this is I could go off and basically teach skiing and golf for six months of the year. If you want the fantasy -- that's me, playing the senior's tour in golf in the U.S.

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