Investment Thesis

The Mind, mental health and public healthcare

WHO has published a new report on the status of Mental Health and Mental Healthcare around the world and the result is not good. Most countries are falling short and the need is only growing rapidly. There are several solutions in the market that can help but they are not part of the mainstream healthcare.

Gunnar Holmsteinn – Founders Panel – SI2022

Gunnar Holmsteinn Co-founder and CEO of Quest Portal will join the Founders Panel in Startup Iceland 2022. It has been almost 13 years since I first met Gunni and it is fantastic to see him grow and build and create.

Circular Economy in Action – Part 3

Carbon Recycle International was started over 16 years ago to take CO2 from a geothermal power plant and convert that into Fuel to be used. In the 3rd part of Circular Economy in Action, we cover CRI

Circular Economy in Action – Part II

Sustainable technologies like what Orf Genetics in Iceland has created can dramatically reduce the cost of producing protein and even more exciting is that no animals are killed to produce these proteins.

Talking about the Optimistic Future

There is plenty of things to be optimistic about the future. The energy transition is happening, transportation transition is happening and more importantly founders are focusing on solving these challenges.

CASSINI Hackathon Wrap Up!

Startup Iceland hosted the 2nd CASSINI Hackathon in Iceland and the Iceland winning Team went on to Win the overall Hackathon. The team’s idea was to use space imaging technology to solve land erosion globally.

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.

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.

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.

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.