Joi Ito: Life among the cyber-elite

Joichi ‘Joi’ Ito is to start-ups what Brian Epstein was to the Beatles.With a talented eye for a promising idea, the 44-year-old has spotted and nurtured some of the web’s most famous names, with the likes of Twitter, Flickr and all receiving his help on the path to social-networking success.Time Magazine has described him as a member of the cyber-elite, a select band of internet personalities who command enviable levels of influence on the web.Born in Japan before moving to North America, Joi dropped out of two universities before embarking on a career that spans all corners of the web.His CV reads like a history of the web.

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