Javed Maqsood

Occupation: Strategic Advisor - Payments and IT Systems, Linden Lab 

First Car: 1979 Datsun 210

Favorite Restaurant: Churasco's, Houston, TX

What are three things most people don't know about you?

1. I almost got mugged delivering pizza as a pizza delivery boy for Dominos Pizza.
2. I have a golf date with my 4 year old son once a week - mostly at the driving range.
3. I played basketball at a professional level and got paid for it.

What's been your greatest adventure in life?

I am going through it every day - balancing life with two young kids, busy work schedule, your everyday challenges that life throws at you and additionally, currently taken on a huge remodeling project at our house.

What's your best childhood memory?

Lazy strolls around the neighborhood with friends, gossiping, playing and laughing. No stress, just enjoying life.

If you could have a conversation with a person of your choice, past, present or future, who would that person be and why?

Gandhi. I’d like to see how it feels to be able to inspire millions of human souls toward a good cause.

What's the hardest thing you've ever done in your life?

Saying goodbye to family and friends as a teenager and flying halfway across the world to start a new life.

Tell us about your favorite hobby.

Read a good story. Catch up on my magazines. Spend time at the gym. Golf.

What are you currently reading? What is your favorite book?

About to read - The Quran (English translation).
Favorite - Lord of the Rings - Trilogy.

Is there a particular place or thing you want to see?

The Amazon.
Egypt -The Pyramids and the Nile from its birthplace to the ocean.

If you could give $10,000 to a charity, what would that charity be and why?

A charity somewhere in a third world country (Asia / Africa). There is so much help needed and so much can be done with a small amount of funds - it’s amazing.

If you weren't on the professional services career track, what would you be doing?

I’d be an Architect.

What is the path that led you to Professional Services/Consulting?

I grew into the occupation - after being a consultant at the starting point of my career.

What advice would you give to a recent graduate who just took a job in professional services?

Think outside of the box. Always look ahead at what might happen in your code, in your company, around you and prepare yourself to respond.