Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga – Sponsor Profile

Ambassador Luis E. Arreaga has been a big supporter of Startup Iceland. When I decided to organize this conference, I reached out to the US Embassy in Reykjavik and ask them to help in the effort. The US Embassy in Iceland has done more than that and Ambassador Arreaga’s leadership is cleary demonstrated in their participation…

His Excellency Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson – Speaker Profile

First of all, I want to bring attention to the fact that no where in the world could you get a chance to meet the Head of the State or get access to the Head of State‘s office. I sometimes feel Iceland really does not appreciate what a fantastic Ambassador and spokesman His Excellency Ólafur…

Island of Recovery

There is a front page article on the Wall Street Journal with the title “In European Crisis, Iceland Emerges as an Island of Recovery“. Let me be very clear, I have nothing against Fishing or Fisherman or the seafood industry. I know and understand the industry quite well, worked a lot in it when we…

Next Killer Mobile App

I have always maintained that the killer mobile app of the Internet was Email. I know it is not cool but it is by far the most important backbone of communication channel. Email has become the infrastructure utility of the Internet. I think if one looks back the most prolific usage of a mobile application…

GreenQloud – A Startup Profile

I have been following GreenQloud for almost as long as I have been looking at Iceland for startups. I met with Eirikur Hrafnsson one of the founders of the company almost 2 years back. GreenQloud is a Infrastructure, Platform and Software as Service company. The company sells storage, virtual machines for processing and bandwidth to those…

Is there a HP or Fairchild Semiconductor of Iceland?

Fred has a very interesting post about the Darwinian Evolution of Startup Hubs, it is very poignant and relevant for Iceland. I think there are a couple of things of note in that post. First is the evolution of the companies themselves, if you look at them closely they resemble the hardware to software stack…

Be on the Bus With Brad

For those of you who have been following the development, organization and planning, setbacks and triumphs around organizing the Startup Iceland Conference know the reason why we moved the venue to Andrews Theater in Ásbrú Enterprise Park facility. We are planning to make this a FUN event, so Brad Feld has agreed to do a…

2 Rules to manage your cashflow

I have agreed to write guest posts in the Personal Finance Section in Under30CEO.com. I wanted to write about this because I feel our education system i.e Schools, Universities, homes etc do not teach Financial Management or how to manage money. I am not claiming to be an expert about this but if one wants…

Dr. Ted Zoller – Speaker Profile

I met Ted in Netherlands where I was participating in Meet the Dragons event. Where there were startups from 8 different European countries who were presenting in front of panel of investors, very nicely termed as Dragons. The event was built on the concept of the popular UK TV show Dragon’s Den. Ted was not…

Brad Burnham – Speaker Profile

Brad Burnham and Fred Wilson started Union Square Ventures in 2003 after the destruction of the dot com bubble. I can only imagine the courage, insight and vision that they had to create a Venture Capital company focused on the Internet when everyone was running for the hills when you mentioned technology. Brad is a…