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Wandisco boss David Richards on bringing one of Britain's biggest tech companies back from the brink

Wandisco chief executive Dave Richards
David Richards has remoulded his firm as a cloud services provider Credit: Paul Cooper

David Richards smiles and emits a wry chuckle. The chief executive of Wandisco, the AIM-listed cloud computing firm, is recalling the time he witnessed a traffic accident outside his office in San Ramon, California.

“This woman just reversed out of a parking spot, put her foot straight down on the accelerator and smashed into someone in front of me. She never looked.”

When the shaken but thankfully uninjured victim appealed to him as a witness and asked for his number: “I said ‘I’m with Wandisco’. Of course, she was looking for this Mexican guy called Juan Disco for the next six months.”

With a market value of £244m, Wandisco may not be a household name but it is one of Britain’s biggest listed...

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