Thursday, August 6, 2020

Time Out: Robert Wass, Director and Co-Founder of Adzooma

The weekend is almost upon us and that means it’s time for some quick fire questions. This ‘Time Out’ features Robert Wass, Director and Co-Founder of Adzooma, the online advertising platform with a major footprint in Nottingham.

What is the first thing you do to get the weekend started?

I love Friday evenings – for me it’s all about quality family time! On the way home from work, I pick up a takeaway curry and a bottle of red wine for me and my wife Hannah. When I get home, I have a mad half an hour play with the kids before bath time and then we all settle down to watch a family movie. After the movie, and once the kids are asleep, me and my wife enjoy the curry and wine – always at the dinner table. It’s the only night of the week where we don’t eat dinner with the children and we spend quality time catching up on what we have been up to during the week.

What is your hobby?

I’m a big football fan and I still love to play amateur league football on a Saturday and train once a week. Most of my spare time now is spent with the children and helping them pursue their hobbies. However, I made a promise to myself that I’d always keep up playing football for as long as I could. I think it’s important to have downtime doing something you enjoy. I think team sports like football are great for that. I love the laugh and banter with the team and when you’re on the pitch you don’t think about anything but the game.

What is your favourite movie?

I really enjoy watching movies and I have many favourites. There are so many great movies that I think favourites change depending on mood and time of year. At Christmas,  we love watching movies like Home Alone and It’s a Wonderful Life. If I just want to switch off and not concentrate, I might watch one of the Marvel movies. Then there are the classics like The Lord of the Rings, Gladiator, Saving Private Ryan, Notebook and Toy Story which I could watch all year round.

If you hadn’t been successful at what you do, what would you be doing instead as a career? 

Before launching my own business, I was at university studying history with the thought of becoming a teacher. I’m very sociable and enjoy working in a team. I find it very rewarding when I help people achieve their personal goals and I think I would have found teaching a very fulfilling role.

If you could have any superpower what would it be?

I would have the power to heal every physical ailment, injury, emotional or mental disorder. For some, life can be so unfair and wouldn’t it be amazing to have the power to heal that pain.

What is your favourite genre of music or artist?

Just like movies, I don’t have a single favourite genre of music or artist. My iTunes playlists are full of pretty much every kind of music you can imagine from Classical hits to country, rock, pop, hip hop, rap and dance. Friends have often laughed at my playlists as one minute you are listening to Eminem and then the very next song could be Pachelbel – Canon in D.

If you could travel to any moment in time where would you go?

My son is a big fan of dinosaurs so it would have to be the Cretaceous Period so I could tell him what all the dinosaurs really looked like… Assuming I didn’t get eaten…

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