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.

UCLA's Global Access Program, 2019

December 01, 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.

GSMA Mobile World Congress, 2019

February 20, 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.

-Mark Robinson

The Switchr founders let most people own solar parks in Italy: Now customers are queuing up

January 25, 2019

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.

NRF The Big Show 2019

January 01, 2019

​I will be at NRF The Big Show, 2019for 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.

-Mark

UCLA's Global Access Program, 2018

December 01, 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.

DNB NXT

September 25, 2018

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.

SHOP.ORG, 2018

May 07, 2018

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.

Fashion Week 2018

July 16, 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.

Kolos Project Awarded Best Data Center Design by Architizer A+, 2018

July 30, 2018

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.

Kolos data center park in Norway is being acquired

March 28, 2018

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.

Data Economy

March 15, 2018

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.

GSMA Mobile World Congress, 2018

February 24, 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.

-Mark Robinson

NRF The Big Show 2018

January 14, 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.

CES

January 09, 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.

How a Melting Arctic Changes Everything

December 29, 2017

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.

UCLA's Global Access Program, 2017

December 09, 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.

World’s largest data center to be built in Arctic Circle

September 15, 2017

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.

The World's Largest Sustainable Data Center

August 22, 2017

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 powered by Fjords that surround the facility on three sides. Norway’s cold climate and low humidity levels will also help offset energy demands.

World's largest 'fortress for data' that is fully powered by hydropower and wind is being built in the Arctic

August 18, 2017

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.

The cool, stable climate of northern Norway and the site's proximity to water will provide natural cooling for the centre's vast servers. 



Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4802264/Incredible-fortress-data-built-Arctic.html#ixzz5A8VEnwOK 
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Arctic Data Center Designed to Break Records for Size and Efficiency

August 16, 2017

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.

Kolos hopes to build a gigantic data center in the Arctic Circle

August 15, 2017

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. 

Kolos is now in talks with US investment fund Headwaters MB to secure the remaining costs for the facility. 

Record-sized data centre planned inside Arctic Circle

August 15, 2017

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.

GSMA Mobile World Congress, 2017

February 20, 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.

-Mark Robinson

UCLA's Global Access Program, 2016

December 03, 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.

Press Interview: Trelleborg & SmartRail

October 12, 2016

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. The article will be published in Q1, 2017

UCLA's Global Access Program, 2015

December 12, 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.

Testsnap's First Public Demo

September 01, 2015

Hello World,

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. 

We will have a demo booth at the event and our very own Olle Alvemark will be presenting the product.

 

Come join us, witness and experience the easiest-to-use automated testing tool you will ever see.

-We look forward to seeing you.  

Mark Robinson

Lean Business Book Kickoff

August 18, 2015

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.

 

All are welcome.

-Mark Robinson

You can follow what happened on the Lean Business Twitter feed

UCLA's Global Access Program, 2014

December 13, 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.

Norwegian Business School - Taking Advantage of Silicon Valley Trends

October 17, 2014

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.

Business Bootcamp Training

June 02, 2014

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)

 

Please register with Ingvild von Strand (out of the Oslo Office of Innovation Norway) to attend.

Innovation Norway & Arena Biotech North

March 10, 2014

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.

Copenhagen Business School

March 10, 2014

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.

Tech Incubator Kickoff, Fall 2014

February 12, 2014

I will be kicking off the Technical Incubator (affectionately known as TINC) for Innovation Norway from August 12-14th 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 will be an exciting event because not only will we be bringing over several new Hi-Tech firms but three (3) will be from Sweden.  This program will be heralded as the first cooperative program between both of these Nordic countries.

This is our 5th TINC event.

ONS 2014 Conference

January 29, 2014

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.

Aalberg Audio Interview

December 11, 2013

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.  It is not uncommon for an artist to use dozens of these peddles.  I was interviewed by Jonas Skybakmoen , a member of the Norwegian Press.  Article to follow.

UCLA's Global Access Program, 2013

December 07, 2013

On December 7th, 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.

Norwegian Business School - Innovation Management From A Global Perspective

October 25, 2013

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.

Aalberg Audio Interview

September 04, 2013

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.

Tech Incubator Kickoff, Fall 2013

August 22, 2013

I will be kicking off the Technical Incubator (affectionately known as TINC) for Innovation Norway from August 22-24th 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 will be an exciting event because not only will we be bringing over several new Hi-Tech firms but we will also launch our first Medical TINC program (MED-TINC).  This program will highlight four companies that Innovation Norway has invested in and believe have great international potential.

This is our 4th TINC event.

Business Bootcamp Training

August 19, 2013

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.

EMAX Article

August 08, 2013

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.

EMAX Norge Conference, 2013

August 07, 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.

Press Mention - Alesund

June 27, 2013

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.

Innovation Effect Magazine

June 24, 2013

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.

Norwegian Venture Capital Conference - Trondheim, Norway

June 19, 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.

I hope you can join me for what I hope will be a lively discussion.  For those of you who would like a copy of the presentation, you can find it at Silicon Valley Trends Talk (TRONDHEIM).

Press Mention - Bergen

June 08, 2013

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.

Business Bootcamp

May 20, 2013

For the past year, I have been spending a great deal of time with a large portfolio of Norwegian companies focused on the high-tech space.  During this experience, my team and I have identified several areas where their entrepreneurial education has fallen a bit short.  After a great deal of discussion, we decided to launch a new program in Norway called 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)

 

This program will be a good way to jump start early stage start-ups and…a lot of fun.

 

I hope you can all join me.

Press Mention - Russia

May 17, 2013

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

Bloomberg Interview

May 14, 2013

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