Press/Events

Over the past two decades, I have given hundreds of press interviews for various products and companies as well as having attended various conferences as a guest speaker and host. Below are a few of my favorite interviews and experiences. As I attend additional events, I will endeavor to keep this up to date. Please feel free to contact me if you want to meet up at a particular event.

May 6, 2021

BBC news coverage of Kolos re-aired on NRK

This was one of the original BBC news stories on Kolos. NRK re-aired it in relation to other Data Center stories that were appearing in Norway. This story was viewed by over 150 million people worldwide when it originally aired and it precipitated scores of other interviews and we gave regarding Kolos.

December 01, 2019

UCLA's Global Access Program, 2019

On December 7 2019, I have the honor of participating as a judge at UCLA’s Global Access Program (GAP) finale.  Several companies will be presenting their business models and plans for review in this event.  The event will be closed to the general public but anyone who is in the area is welcome to reach out to me to grab a cup of coffee.

January 01, 2019

NRF The Big Show, 2019

I will be at NRF The Big Show, 2019 for the week of January the 12th to January 16th, 2019. I will be conducting CEOs and boards of the Fortune 100 companies throughout the show, working with them to address their business and product goals. If you are in town, I hope you will take the opportunity to reach out to me and grab a coffee.

July 30, 2018

Kolos Project Awarded Best Data Center Design

On July 30th, 2018, the my work for the Kolos Project was awarded the Architizer A+ Award for most innovative data center design. This was the culmination of two years work and a great deal of coordination between teams on 3 continents.

March 28, 2018

Kolos data center park in Norway is being acquired

Kolos Norway AS, the company that planned to build a giant data center campus in Ballangen, Nordland, is being acquired by Canada-based Hive Blockchain.

January 09, 2018

CES, 2018

I  will be at CES in Las Vegas for the week of February 9th. I will be conducting CEOs and boards of the Fortune 100 companies throughout the show, working with them to address their business and product goals. If you are in town, I hope you will take the opportunity to reach out to me and grab a coffee.

August 22, 2017

The World's Largest Sustainable Data Center

Norwegian data company Kolos is building the largest data center in the world powered by 100 percent sustainable energy. The massive 6.46 million-square-foot facility, which will serve the global data market, will be completed in many years and stages. The center will run on renewable energy in the forms of wind and hydroelectricity.

August 15, 2017

Kolos hoes to build a gigantic data center...

Norway may become home to the world’s largest data center, as an ambitious plan has been put forward by a company to build a massive facility in the Arctic Circle. ​US-Norwegian company Kolos has obtained part of the necessary funding for the project, which would see the construction of a 600,000 sq m (6.46m sq ft) data center in the city of Ballangen in Nordland county, 225km (140 miles) into the northernmost region of the world. 

August 14, 2017

How a Melting Arctic Changes Everything

This was one of two interviews that we gave to Bloomberg news. This one was in the context of how our center takes advantage of global warming. They used us to highlight businesses that actually benefit from the circumstances around climate change.

October 12, 2016

Trelleborg & SmartRail: The Smartest Combo

On Friday, October 7th, 2016, I was interviewed by Bjorn Raunio regarding the groundbreaking  Trelleborg and Smart Rail partnership. During the interview, I highlighted the fact that these types of partnerships provide large companies with the ability to expand their product offerings to customers and small companies with the opportunity to expand their market reach. 

December 13, 2014

UCLA's Global Access Program, 2014

On December 13 2014, I have the honor of participating as a judge at UCLA’s Global Access Program (GAP) finale.  Several companies will be presenting their business models and plans for review in this event.  The event will be closed to the general public but anyone who is in the area is welcome to reach out to me to grab a cup of coffee.

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August 18, 2015

Lean Business Book Kickoff

Please join me in kicking off my new book in Oslo Norway on September 17, 2015.  The event will be held at:​

Brenneriveien 9, 0182 Oslo, Norway

The party starts at 4pm and goes to 7pm. There will be drinks and great music.​ This book outlines how to effectively plan and launch your business by using a far more efficient approach than putting together a complicated business plan. Feel free to reach out to me if you would like an invitation.

January 29, 2014

ONS 2014 Conference

I will be leading a seminar for ONS on Silicon Valley Trends among other topics.  ONS is a forum for the energy sector to meet and discuss significant issues.  Its attendance has swollen from 7000 in 1974 to over 60,000.

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October 25, 2013

Norwegian Business School - Lecture

I will be lecturing entrepreneurs at the Marriott at Union Square (Sutter Street) on Silicon Valley Trends at 8:30am.  This will be an exciting lecture and discussion based upon a wide series of interviews and discussions we have conducted with scores of companies, venture capitalists and associations.​ Following the presentation, I will be participating on a review panel for investment ideas.

This event is sponsored by the Norwegian Business Council.

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August 19, 2013

Business Bootcamp Training

On August 19th, I will be offering select portions of the bootcamp program to Innovation Norway.  The goal of this program is to provide some training to Innovation Norway personal as well as open up discussions about how to improve our programs.

This is being coordinated by the Oslo office of Innovation Norway.  Please register with Ingvild von Strand to attend.

June 27, 2013

Press Mention - Alesund

Prior to presenting in Alesund, there were several press mentions in the local papers.  Some of these included photos of me which made for walking through a small city in Alesund a bit interesting.  I kept walking into restaurants in the downtown area and being recognized.  It must have been a slow news day.  :)  The read the Alesund Bootcamp Article.

June 08, 2013

Press Mention - Bergen

Following the first Business Bootcamp, there were a series of press mentions regarding the new program and its success with Norwegian entrepreneurs.  Bergen was the first city in the Bootcamp program and subsequently the first press mention.  Read the Bergen Article.

May 17, 2013

Press Mention - Russia

During the Norwegian Royal Family visit to Silicon Valley, I was interviewed by a Russian Newspaper regarding Innovation Norway’s role in Silicon Valley.  They based the interview on an earlier interview with Bloomberg.  The link to the interview is:  http://www.it-weekly.ru/market/brief/48509.html

April 24, 2013

Press Mention - Norway

Leading up to the TINC program there were a number of press mentions.  This one centered on a discussion regarding a program called GET which is run out of Boston, Mass and concludes that there are additional opportunities for businesses in the Silicon Valley through the TINC program and through other opportunities which I have been fortunate to have a role in.  Read the Alesund Article.

March 15, 2013

NTNU Lecture on Business Development

I will be giving a lecture at NTNU (Trondheim) on March 15th, 2013.  This lecture will cover business development in a variety of global settings.  My primary audience will be about 40 students from the entrepreneurial program but anyone is welcome to attend.

December 16, 2012

Hubii Interview

Late in the year, I was interviewed regarding Hubii, a news curation service.  Huibi geo-tags where news originates from and makes it searchable and far more relevant for users.  This interview proceeded an event hosted by Steve Blank for the Innovation Norway TINC class at his ranch.  Read the Hubii Interview.

May 20, 2008

Kadoink Hires New CFO Product VP

Mobile phone messaging company Kadoink Inc. hired Shabber Jaffer as its chief financial officer. San Francisco-based Kadoink also hired Mark Robinson as vice president of product management.

December 01, 2020

UCLA's Global Access Program, 2020

On December 5 2020, I have the honor of participating as a judge at UCLA’s Global Access Program (GAP) finale.  Several companies will be presenting their business models and plans for review in this event.  The event will be closed to the general public but anyone who is in the area is welcome to reach out to me to grab a VIRTUAL cup of coffee.

February 20, 2019

GSMA Mobile World Congress 2019

I will be at GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 23rd until March 1st, 2019. I will be conducting CEOs and boards of the Fortune 100 companies throughout the show, working with them to address their business and product goals. I will also be a judge at the GLOMO Awards. If you are in town, I hope you will take the opportunity to reach out to me and grab a coffee.

December 01, 2018

UCLA's Global Access Program, 2018

On December 1 2018, I have the honor of participating as a judge at UCLA’s Global Access Program (GAP) finale.  Several companies will be presenting their business models and plans for review in this event.  The event will be closed to the general public but anyone who is in the area is welcome to reach out to me to grab a cup of coffee.

July 16, 2018

Fashion Week, 2018

I will be in New York for Fashion Week 2018 from September 4th through September 9th. During the show, I will be conducting VIPs as well as providing Retail Store Tours throughout New York. I hope you can join me.

March 15, 2018

Data Economy

This is the result of an interview that I gave in September, 2017 which was just published today. They must have had a lot of spelling errors to correct (or were waiting for a slow news day). It was part of a chain of interviews that I gave regarding Kolos.

December 09, 2017

UCLA's Global Access Program, 2017

On December 9 2017, I have the honor of participating as a judge at UCLA’s Global Access Program (GAP) finale.  Several companies will be presenting their business models and plans for review in this event.  The event will be closed to the general public but anyone who is in the area is welcome to reach out to me to grab a cup of coffee.

August 18, 2017

"Fortress of data" that is fully powered by hydro...

The world's largest 'fortress for data' is being built in the Arctic, and it will be powered by 100 per cent sustainable energy. Located in the northern fringes of Norway, Kolos will be the largest green data centre in the world - relying entirely on hydropower and wind.​

August 15, 2017

Record-sized data centre planned inside Arctic...

This was one of the early interviews with the BBC for the launch of Kolos, the worlds first Hyper-scale Data Centre. Funny side story about this interview. I was supposed to give it in London but was stuck in the Bergen Airport due to bad weather. By chance, the reporter who was going to interview me was stuck in the same airport and we had it there. We both then flew to London where I enjoyed a day off at my favorite pub with friends before returning back to Norway for more interviews.

February 20, 2017

GSMA Mobile World Congress, 2017

I will be at GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona for the week of February 27th. I will be conducting CEOs and boards of the Fortune 100 companies throughout the show, working with them to address their business and product goals. If you are in town, I hope you will take the opportunity to reach out to me and grab a coffee.

December 12, 2015

UCLA's Global Access Program, 2015

On December 12 2015, I have the honor of participating as a judge at UCLA’s Global Access Program (GAP) finale.  Several companies will be presenting their business models and plans for review in this event.  The event will be closed to the general public but anyone who is in the area is welcome to reach out to me to grab a cup of coffee.

October 17, 2014

Norwegian Business School: Trend Talk

I will be lecturing entrepreneurs at the Hotel Shatuck Plaza (Berkley) on Silicon Valley Trends at 8:00am.  This will be an exciting lecture and discussion based upon a wide series of interviews and discussions we have conducted with scores of companies, venture capitalists and associations.

Following the presentation, I will be participating on a review panel for investment ideas.​ This event is sponsored by the Norwegian Business Council.

March 10, 2014

Copenhagen Business School

I will be presenting to approximately 50 students from Copenhagen Business School (CBS) on startups in the Silicon Valley.  This will be presented at 470 Ramona Street in Palo Alto at 4:00pm.  Please feel free to join the discussion.

March 10, 2014

Innovation Norway & Arena Biotech North

I will be presenting on Silicon Valley Trends, 2014 to a delegation from Innovation Norway and Biotech North at 470 Ramona Street in Palo Alto at 9:00am.  This presentation will outline new trends that we are seeing in technology covering areas such as energy, telecommunication, wearable technology and security.

September 04, 2013

Aalberg Audio

Interview

Aalberg Audio is a disruptive company in the music space.  They are focused on moving guitar peddles which are traditionally wired to the wireless 20th century.  Guitar peddles are used to change add effects to electric guitars.  It is not uncommon for an artist to use dozens of these peddles.  I was interviewed by Atle Knutsen, a member of the Norwegian Press regarding the market potential and the overall opportunity for Aalberg and its team.  Read the Aalberg Audio Interview.

December 11 2013

Aalberg Audio

Interview

This was my second interview for Aalberg Audio, a disruptive company in the music space.  They are focused on moving guitar peddles which are traditionally wired to the wireless 20th century.  Guitar peddles are used to change add effects to electric guitars. I was interviewed by Jonas Skybakmoen , a member of the Norwegian Press.  Article to follow.

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June 24, 2013

Innovation Effect Magazine

The Innovation Effect is run by a smart young lady named “Annette”.  She attended on of my first Business Bootcamp sessions in June, 2013.  Afterwards, we had a long chat about her business and aspirations and she was kind enough to write this article about me for her magazine.

May 20, 2013

Business Bootcamp

This program is designed to give entrepreneurs a crash course on how to run an international business.

This program will be presented in a wide variety of cities throughout Norway:

  • Bergen (5/21-5/22)

  • Stavanger (5/28-5/29)

  • Oslo (6/3-6/4)

  • Bodo (6/10-6/11)

  • Trumso (6/13-6/14)

  • Trondheim (6/17-6/18)

  • Alesund (8/12-8/13)

  • Kristiansand (8/15-8/16)

May 14, 2013

Bloomberg Interview

During the Norwegian Royal Family visit to Silicon Valley, I was interviewed by Bloomberg News regarding the various companies we have brought out to Silicon Valley. The link to the article is:  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-05-13/what-brought-norwegian-royalty-to-silicon-valley.html

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March 21, 2013

GROW 2012

GROW (sponsored by Business Region Bergen) is a conference designed to motivate local entrepreneurs.  I spoke at the conference about product market validation.  Following the conference, I was invited to a diner where I participated on a panel regarding business opportunities Scandinavian technology market globally.

January 08, 2013

In The Press - 2013 GROW Conference

I was invited to speak at the 2013 GROW conference in Bergen, Norway.  A few weeks prior, I was interviewed by the Bergen newspaper to get my perspective on companies in Norway and the Bergen conference.

August 16, 2012

Tech Incubator Kickoff, Summer 2012

I will be kicking off the Technical Incubator (affectionately known as TINC) for Innovation Norway from August 16th in Oslo (Innovation Norway Boardroom).  The program will continue in Silicon Valley at Innovation House where I will be an Executive Advisor to the companies we are working with.

April 16, 2020

UCLA Accelerator

On April 16th, 2020, I have the honor of presenting a lecture (virtually) on the topic of creating an investment teaser for your company. This is part of a series of classes that I give around the area of raising capital for start-ups. Should you wish to join, please contact me directly for an invite.

January 25, 2019

Democratizing Solar in Italy

This story discusses SwitchR and its opening up investment opportunities in Italy within the solar space. My business partner and I are mentioned as board members in the article.

September 25, 2018

DNB NXT

I have been invited to speak about product validation and Silicon Valley techniques that can help businesses prosper. I will be speaking to around 80 people in Narvik, Norway. I hope you can join me for the event and perhaps a coffee afterwards.

May 07, 2018

SHOP.ORG

I will be conducting VIPs at SHOP.org in Las Vegas from September 11 to September 14th, 2018. SHOP.ORG focuses on how to enhance retail businesses in today's digitally competitive environment. Please feel free to reach out if you would like to meet up for a coffee.

February 24, 2018

GSMA Mobile World Congress, 2018

I will be at GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona for the week of February 24th. I will be conducting CEOs and boards of the Fortune 100 companies throughout the show, working with them to address their business and product goals. If you are in town, I hope you will take the opportunity to reach out to me and grab a coffee.

September 15, 2017

World's largest data center...in Arctic Circle

A small town in the remote north of the Arctic Circle is set to be home to the world's largest data center. The Kolos facility is being developed by a US-Norwegian partnership, also called Kolos, who say the site will eventually draw on a record-setting 1000 megawatts of power.

August 16, 2017

Arctic Data Center to Break Records...

There, in the small city of Ballangen, Kolos co-CEO Mark Robinson told eWEEK that the company plans to build the 600,000 square meter (about 6.5 million square feet) facility on land formerly occupied by an airport. The land is on Norway’s west coast in an area of fjords and rugged mountains. The four-story facility will supply a gigawatt of power for computing with an estimated PUE (power usage effectiveness) of 1.04.

January 14, 2018

NRF The Big Show, 2018

I will be at NRF The Big Show, 2018 for the week of January the 14th. I will be conducting CEOs and boards of the Fortune 100 companies throughout the show, working with them to address their business and product goals. If you are in town, I hope you will take the opportunity to reach out to me and grab a coffee.

December 03, 2016

UCLA's Global Access Program, 2016

On December 3 2016, I have the honor of participating as a judge at UCLA’s Global Access Program (GAP) finale.  Several companies will be presenting their business models and plans for review in this event.  The event will be closed to the general public but anyone who is in the area is welcome to reach out to me to grab a cup of coffee.

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September 01, 2015

Testsnap's First Public Demo

TestSnap will be providing its first public demo on September 1st and 2nd in Stockholm, Sweden. The event is STHLM Tech Fest and will be held at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress. The event starts at 3pm on September 1st and concludes the following day at 5pm. Come join us, witness and experience the easiest-to-use automated testing tool you will ever see.

June 02, 2014

Business Bootcamp Training

On June 2nd, I will be offering our 2nd annual bootcamp program to the business community of Norway.  This program is designed to give entrepreneurs a crash course on how to run an international business. This program will be presented in a wide variety of cities throughout Norway:

  • Førde: 2 -3 June (4th 1-1s)

  • Lillehammer/Hamar: 5 – 6 May (10th 1-1s)

 

Register with Ingvild von Strand (Oslo Office of Innovation Norway) to attend.

February 12, 2014

Tech Incubator Kickoff, Fall 2014

I will be kicking off the Technical Incubator (affectionately known as TINC) for Innovation Norway from August 16th in Oslo (Innovation Norway Boardroom).  The program will continue in Silicon Valley at Innovation House where I will be an Executive Advisor to the companies we are working with.

This is our 5th TINC event.

December 07 2013

UCLA's Global Access Program, 2013

On December 07 2013, I have the honor of participating as a judge at UCLA’s Global Access Program (GAP) finale.  Several companies will be presenting their business models and plans for review in this event.  The event will be closed to the general public but anyone who is in the area is welcome to reach out to me to grab a cup of coffee.

August 22, 2013

Tech Incubator Kickoff, Fall 2013

I will be kicking off the Technical Incubator (affectionately known as TINC) for Innovation Norway from August 16th in Oslo (Innovation Norway Boardroom).  The program will continue in Silicon Valley at Innovation House where I will be an Executive Advisor to the companies we are working with.This is our 4th TINC event.

August 07, 2013

EMAX Norge Conference, 2013

Continuing my enjoyable business trip to Norway, I will be speaking on August 7th at Emax Norge in Lillehammer (about 2 hours outside of Oslo).  I will be presenting to an audience of students and young people from 15:00-1600.  My brief talk will cover a bit about my past, what I do for Innovation Norway and some Silicon Valley Trends that we are seeing.

I hope you can join me in Lillehammer.

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June 19, 2013

Norwegian Venture Capital Conference 2013

Continuing my enjoyable business trip to Norway, I will be speaking on June 19th at The Norwegian Venture Capital Conference, 2013 in Trondheim Norway.  I will be presenting at Dukkhuset, street address Dokkparken 4, Trondheim.  My brief talk will cover Silicon Valley Trends and new opportunities in the market.  The content for this topic was the result of several discussions we had with the Silicon Valley venture community as well as key industry players throughout the Bay Area.​

August 08, 2013

EMAX Article

Following the EMAX conference, there was a news article in Lilihammer regarding the EMAX program and the final keynote address that I had the privilege of giving.  This was one of my most enjoyable events and I still receive email from many of its participants.  Read the article.

May 14, 2013

Press Mention - Norway

Prior to the launch of Bootcamp, an article was printed about myself and the launch of Bootcamp.  The Article ran in both national and regional newspapers.  Read the National News Article.

March 18, 2013

Tech Incubator Kickoff, Summer 2013

I will be kicking off the Technical Incubator (affectionately known as TINC) for Innovation Norway from August 16th in Oslo (Innovation Norway Boardroom).  The program will continue in Silicon Valley at Innovation House where I will be an Executive Advisor to the companies we are working with. 

This is our 3rd TINC event.

January 07, 2013

Tech Incubator Kickoff, Spring 2013

I will be kicking off the Technical Incubator (affectionately known as TINC) for Innovation Norway from August 16th in Oslo (Innovation Norway Boardroom).  The program will continue in Silicon Valley at Innovation House where I will be an Executive Advisor to the companies we are working with.

May 30, 2008

Kadoink Taps New CFO and VP of Product

Shabber Jaffer Named as CFO and Mark Robinson Appointed as VP, Product Management