Joe Haslam was born in Ireland but now lives in Madrid. He is Vice President at Stratemic Capital, a boutique VC firm specialising in Disruptive Innovation investments. He is also an Associate Professor in the IE Business School International Centre for Entrepreneurial Management and a Mentor in the IE Venture Lab.
Website URL: http://www.ie.edu
Four middle aged men with laptops stand motionless in a converted power station and it´s the hottest ticket in London. Whether Kraftwerk at the Tate Modern was the near religious experience for you that it was for others, you can´t deny that they have their own way of doing things.
In Malcom Gladwell´s book Outliers: The Story of Success, he argues that a large part of success is just about timing, being in the right place at the right time. For instance, he lists nine incredibly fortunate concurrences by which Bill Gates was able to get access to sophisticated computer systems while still at middle and high school in the early 1970s. He had to latch onto the opportunity and put in the time to develop mastery but he did have a hands on advantage to the technology of the future that not many others had.