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22 September 2017


Written by Tate Cantrell

Tate is Verne Global's CTO and is responsible for setting the technical direction for the company. You can follow Tate on Twitter: @tate8tech

Some people might be surprised to learn that since finding my first one in a vast clover patch in rural Missouri over 40 years ago, I have found hundreds, if not thousands of four-leaf clovers throughout my life. Those who don’t believe me at first are often convinced of my claim when I show them a photo (above) of the twenty-six four leaf clovers I found in a single patch in Iceland of all places. But does this ability to stumble across evolutionary evidence of change actually mean that I am lucky? I honestly don’t think so. But as with most superstitions, there is likely a little more to the story than just luck.

There is a famous quote often attributed to South African golfer Gary Player -- “The harder I practice, the luckier I get” and while this is true, the essence of luck is fully captured in another adage made famous by Sequoia Capital partner Roelof Botha -- “You have to put yourself in a position to be lucky.” I believe that by taking the time to observe the world around you, you open yourself up to seeing the detail that would otherwise erode away under the force of the grind for efficiency. And those of us who are open to noticing the details such as the patterns of clover on a daily walk, might just be the kind of people who put themselves in the position to excel by noticing opportunities that others might not see.

Innovation is born through observation. You observe a problem that is often overlooked, and then you innovate to solve that problem. Through innovation, you create the opportunity to be lucky. But success is not simply guaranteed to those who identify a problem to solve. In fact success is never guaranteed, even to those who believe themselves to be perpetually lucky. Gary Player would agree that the pathway from the problem to success is built with hard work and the application of knowledge gained through past experience.

Solutions are always surrounded by failures. I recently listened to Olympic swimming coach Nick Baker speak to aspiring young swimmers and he put it very simply: your desire to succeed must be greater than your fear of failure. True innovators are confident in failure, because they learn from mistakes and take that knowledge on to future successes. Those who do not understand the difficult path from problem to solution might dub a successful innovation to be lucky, but an innovation, however lucky, is built upon a strong foundation of observation, temerity, and hard work.

At Verne Global, we know a thing or two about innovation and what it takes to succeed. Our campus in Iceland is home to some of the most forward thinking ideas in the industry. We are proud of our diverse customers who use our services to perform their highly power intensive computing workloads within the data center. And today, our customers are challenging us to innovate again, demanding new solutions to meet their need for scalable and flexible high performance computing. We have taken the time to observe the details of their requirements and we are on the cusp of releasing a new product that will put our customers in a position to succeed, and as a consequence, in a position to be lucky. Success is not only about luck, but with our innovative team and our fantastic customers, we at Verne Global can see four leaf clovers all around us.

Note: If you can't spot the four-leaf clovers in Tate's photo above (there are at least 11) here is a bit of help, with four of them highlighted:

And below, the final haul of 25 four-leaf clovers, plus 1 five-leaf clover. These were all picked from a piece of ground close to the Hilton Nordica Hotel in Reykjavík, Iceland:


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