This interview with Victor Allis, chief executive of Quintiq, a software company, was conducted and condensed by Adam Bryant.
Q. When you were a kid, were you in leadership roles or doing entrepreneurial things?
A. I was a math prodigy, and I learned early on that I was better in math than anyone in my primary school and high school in the Netherlands. I was also on a basketball team, and when I was 14, our team was the Dutch champion. My leadership experience came later. I was about 20, and teaching computer science to adults. You have to find ways to make people listen to you.
And how much of a math prodigy were you?
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