Veering Off Topic With Rapid7 CEO Corey Thomas

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the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. But the question would be this: If you get the stuff that you want, what next? If the people get voting rights and they get some stuff, what next? What would you focus on? He tells some of it about the poverty and the focus of that, but my question would be about … Give me the full roadmap. You’re a genius. Where would you go after this step right here?

X: How do you relax outside of work when you want to tune out the noise?

CT: It’s a good question. I don’t.

Rachel Adam: You play the ukulele!

CT: I do that with my son. I’ve learned to play the guitar. He plays the ukulele. I’m not very good at it.

No matter what’s happening, every two or three minutes he’s like, let’s go back to tuning it. That tuning thing is fun. He doesn’t know lots of songs. Let’s just say the only song I can play well is “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.” It’s the hit single.

My daughter and I, we read. I read a lot. It is the task-switching that actually is relaxing. And so, I’m always reading three or four books.

… I jog for relaxation. And I used to do martial arts.

X: What’s your favorite book? Or maybe one you’ve read recently?

CT: I loved Gore Vidal’s “Lincoln.” I also like “Team of Rivals” better, by Doris Goodwin. The story all around the Civil War is just fascinating. It’s human drama on steroids.

The play, “Hamilton,” I told my daughter [the Civil War] was my equivalent. I consumed every story in and around the Civil War because there were so many perspectives, from the slaves to the—it was just so many different perspectives. It was a wide tapestry. Much like the Revolutionary War.

In the comic area, “Lamb: The Gospel According to Biff.” I call it “The Book of Biff.” … It’s the reimagining of the missing 30 years of Jesus’s life. The fascinating part—I actually asked some historians about this—is the history is actually quite good in the book. … It was a book that was clearly heavily researched.

… I’m midway through Deval Patrick’s book, which is turning out to be a really good book. I’m immensely enjoying that. He has a fascinating life.

X: What’s your most impressive or most quirky skill that has nothing to do with your day job? You talked about playing guitar.

CT: That’s not a skill though.

X: All right, so what would be a skill?

CT: People always say if you had a superpower, what would it be. I can sleep really easily. It sounds horrible, but it’s actually been so impactful. It allows me to keep a fairly intense [schedule]. I can sleep on airplanes; I can sleep in cars; I can sleep in trains. I get my six hours almost no matter what. And I can have a fairly intense schedule and be rested.

That helps me hugely. I don’t know if it’s a skill, but it’s a huge benefit.

RA: Corey is a Cards Against Humanity shark. He crushed everyone in his latest bout with team members.

CT: That’s just being an observer.

X: Or having a dark sense of humor.

CT: Both of which I have. The dark sense of humor definitely is in ready supply.

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