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CAD Personalities
by Roopinder Tara, September 12, 2008

Sean Flaherty, CEO of Nemetschek North America.

  1. What company does Vectorworks compete most directly with?
    Autodesk primarily, but also Graphisoft with their ArchiCAD.

  2. What about Revit?
    Revit is just not very good for conceptualization and design.

  3. How do you stay in touch with your customers?
    Reading our online forum and with speaking events.

  4. What did you study in college?
    I have a degree in computer science from University of Maryland

  5. How long have you been with Nemetschek?
    I started in 1985, about 6 months after Richard Diehl founded Graphsoft [Graphsoft bought by Nemetschek in 2000]

  6. What do you like to do on weekends?
    We have 3 kids (a 3 1/2 yrs old, 2 yr old and a 10 month old) so most we try to do something fun with them, like a carousel, and maybe sneak in some education, like museums.

  7. What do you do to stay fit?
    I play soccer (in a league) and ride a recumbent bike.

  8. What kind of distance do you ride?
    These days, a 50 or 60 mile ride is all I have time for.

  9. What is the last book you read that you would recommend?
     Barbara Kingfisher's Poisonwood Bible

  10.  What should I put on my Netflix queue?
    Wonder Boys, a sleeper of a film with Michael Douglas as an English  professor.