In our monthly “Wachsman Employee Spotlight” series, we aim to highlight one member of our global team to provide you an inside look into the Wachsman family. This week, we’ve chosen David Gillespie, Strategic Partnerships Lead in the Dublin office. Below, we ask David a few “getting to know you” questions to give you a sense of who he is, what he loves, and where he comes from.
How did you first become interested in blockchain?
I first became interested in blockchain in early 2017 after reading an article about its applications on the supply chain — from that point on my interest snowballed and I haven’t looked back since.
Who or what inspires you?
That’s a tough question, I don’t think I can point to one person or thing that inspires me, but if I had to pick someone, it would be the Collison brothers — Founders of payments company Stripe.
What is the last book you read?
The Maximalist: The Rise and Fall of Tony O’Reilly by Matt Cooper. Tony O’Reilly was one of Ireland’s most prominent businessmen. He is an incredibly astute and intelligent man, and reading accounts of how well he could consume and retain knowledge was fascinating.
If you could have dinner with anyone, living or dead, who would it be?
Joe Schmidt, Head Coach of the Irish Rugby Football Union. His attention to detail is incredible to watch, and he has a great love of the arts. I think he’d be a great person to have dinner with. Seeing as how we’re coming up on the Rugby World Cup, I’d love to get his thoughts on how we can win it all.
What is one piece of advice you’d give to an aspiring professional?
If you find something deeply interesting, follow it, regardless of how niche and obscure it may be. Once you find what you’re truly passionate about, you’ll enjoy your work immensely.
Where was your first job?
My first full-time job was as a painter in Vancouver. It was brilliant. I spent a couple of months painting some stunning homes in a gorgeous city. To date, it has been one of the best jobs I’ve ever had. I also learned a tremendous amount from my boss at the time, primarily that taking pride in your work is very important — no matter how small or insignificant a task might feel.
When you’re not at work, what’re you doing?
My life outside of work revolves around two things, sports and reading. When I’m watching sports, I’m usually watching rugby or soccer. When I’m reading, it’s mainly on the topic of blockchain, however, I’m making a point to expand my horizons.
Where is your favorite place that you’ve traveled to so far?
Lake Bled in the mountains of Slovenia is probably one of the most picturesque places I have ever been. The water is beautifully warm, and the rolling hills surrounding it are great for a hike or a bike ride. There’s also a great casino in the town.
What are three items you’d take with you to a deserted island?
A notebook (and pen), a warm coat (if it gets cold at night), and a giant tub of toothpaste. I’m a survivalist.
What’s your favorite famous or inspirational quote?
“Coincidence? The universe is rarely so lazy.” — Sherlock Holmes