FutureCast – How to build the future

Futurecast is a new videocast/podcast about how to build the future from Iceland. The first guest is Kevin Laws, CEO of Angellist. We talk about angel investing, Naval Ravikanth’s superpower, what should founders from Iceland focus.

Mussila – Decentralized Music Education

Iceland Venture Studio is leading an investment syndicate in Mussila, the award winning decentralized music learning app. We are doing a deep dive into showing how we make decisions on a team we chose to back. The Mussila team answered the 7 questions that gives you an idea of how they are thinking and where they plan to take Mussila.

Atherosclerosis and Coronary Heart Disease

Last week was eventful to say the least. I apparently had a heart attack. Had an angioplasty and was in the hospital for 4 days. I had no big pain but the blocks in my arteries were fixed. Looking forward to getting back to rehabilitation and getting fitter and stronger after the first metal installation on the path to being HomoDeus.

Trust Your People to Play

In today’s blogpost, I am sharing some takeaways from my conversation with Joachim Samuelsson, the CEO of Сrunchfish, a Sweden-based …

#FutureCast: Episode 5, Thor Sigfusson, Founder of Iceland Ocean Cluster House

The 5th episode of FutureCast is out. I speak to Thor Sigfusson the founder of Iceland Ocean Cluster House. We talk about Circular Economy, utilization of fish a.k.a 100% Fish, innovation in the seafood sector, how this all started. This episode is part of a series of talks we will have about the Circular Economy.

What will happen in 2021

It is good to have a perspective of how the world will evolve when you operate in a world of uncertainty and low data as I do. I am starting a new tradition to write about what will happen in the near future.

FutureCast Episode 4 – David Gunnarsson, CEO of Dohop

The 4th Episode of FutureCast is a conversation with David Gunnarsson the CEO of Dohop the Flight Meta Search company which just closed a $12m round of funding. A Christmas miracle where a travel company raises funding during a pandemic.

Leadership in Crisis 101

It’s fairly easy to be seen as a good leader in the times of economic spring and summer. Yet, when …

A Promised Land

America is an idea of a Promise Land. I always had that image of the country that I enjoyed while I lived there. President Barack Obama shares is path that shows why I always had that feeling. This book is an inspiration and I hope everyone read it.

Investing in Immigrants

Immigration is a hot topic all over the world. I have been an immigrant and I know the challenges of being an immigrant founder. My wife and I are setting up a fund to invest in immigrant founders who want to start in Iceland. We founded Startup Iceland with a vision to build a vibrant startup ecosystem and Founders are at the core of this vision. We know that only diversity of ideas and people can lead to a better world and future.

Flights, lipstick and question marks

I picked up the wrong year to move countries.
In this long pilgrimage, full of cancelled flights, rescheduled flights, delayed flights, change of plans, change of airports, change of companies, masks, regulations, emotional roller coasters, joy and concern…I have been considering where brands are and what is branding adding to people’s lives in a moment in which we are all reviewing our priorities.

Starlink

Starlink will decentralize internet access and disrupt the broadband services again. Starlink combined with Greenvolt Nanomaterial Battery can fundamentally change how we think about building infrastructure to support our access to the internet or how we build power infrastructures.

Voice Assisted Personalized Learning/Teaching Assistant

How do we enable anyone to learn anything, anywhere at their own pace? Our education system is not broken it is just evolving. We invested in Atlas Primer to allow learners to take their learning material anywhere and learn at their own pace.

Bring your work to Iceland

The Government of Iceland announced that non-EEA citizens can bring their work to Iceland. They just need to show proof of work and health insurance. This is fantastic news for the Startup Community in Iceland and for Founders.