Who is IT NZ: Victoria Stewart

20170214_115307Who is IT NZ continues with its second interview, and second Victoria. This week’s victim interviewee is Simmond Stewart’s Victoria Stewart.

Who is IT NZ is a new feature of What is IT NZ that we talked about in an earlier post. We’ll meet you for coffee, ask you a version of the Proust Questionnaire and just hang out and have a nice time. Afterwards you introduce us to someone else so the chain keeps going.

What’s your business?

I am a member of the team at Simmonds Stewart which is a tech law business in Wellington, Auckland and soon to be Singapore.

What’s your role?

I am one of the owners, which means I’m one of the partners. I’m also chief executive which means chief dog’s body basically.

What’s your two sentence elevator pitch for your business?

We are corporate and commercial lawyers that help tech companies do business and raise money globally. We understand business and get shit done.

What’s your favourite virtue?

Perseverance. I’m not a superstar, and a lot of the people I know aren’t superstars but I like people who are willing to sit down, work hard and commit to what they do.

What do you look for in a friend?

A pulse…I don’t really have attributes I look for in someone. If I get on with someone, I get on with them. A sense of humour? I don’t have prerequisites that I tick off for friendship, I either get on with them or I don’t, and if I do they’re a friend.

What’s your dominant characteristic?

I’m not sure I have a dominant characteristic. I can be quite loud. That’s probably my dominant characteristic. I’m loud and excitable.

What’s your biggest flaw?

I eat too much chocolate…I am a bit of a martyr. I like to take on everything and then moan about the fact that people aren’t doing anything and I’ve got to do it all.

What’s your favourite occupation?

If I wasn’t a lawyer…it would probably be PR. They seem to sit round and not do much all day.

What’s your idea of happiness?

I am an introvert. My home is my castle. I like being at home, not having anyone knock on the door. Being able to chill out and relax by myself. Chilling out may have wine involved, surfing the internet. Just down time. Doing nothing.

What’s your idea of misery?

The opposite of that? Door knockers? Having too much on my plate and getting harassed, that stresses me out.

[When pointed out that having too much on her plate then enables her to be the martyr Victoria admitted to being “a lady of contradictions”]

If you weren’t you, who would you like to be?

shirley-schmidt-boston-legal-336595_375_500I can’t see myself being too different to what I am. I will always be me so I’d turn whoever I was into me. Let’s go Shirley Schmidt from Boston Legal. She was cool, funny. And she got shit done. Assertive. Put up with men. That’s me.

Where do you wish you could live?

I wouldn’t want to live anywhere but New Zealand because of things that are going on around the world. It’s quite a nice place to be. Probably Wanaka and working remotely from there.

[Victoria is not a fan of Puzzling World which, in this author’s opinion, is the highlight of Wanaka]

What’s your favourite colour and favourite flower?

Colour is emerald green because I’m a red-head and it goes very well with red hair. And favourite flower would be Christmas Lilies because my mother always has them and they remind me of my mum!

Who’s your favourite character in fiction?

Lyanna Mormont from Game of Thrones – the little girl. She is awesome. She’s a strong young woman who knows her mind.

What’s your favourite swear word?

It’s fuck. Billy Connolly, he’d say that “fuck is one of those words that can be used as an adjective, a verb, a noun. Which is fucking true. Fuck. It’s versatile.

If you’d like to take part in Who is IT Wellington, fill out the form below and we’ll be in touch.

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