Hi, I’m Tor Grønsund. This is me at five years old on an IBM 5150–the first PC.
I grew up in an entrepreneurial home in the south of Norway and was fortunate enough to be exposed to the world of computers at an early age.
Caught by the dot-com boom and immersed with how Internet search put the world at my feet, I’d go on to study Information Science and Informatics to learn about how people create, search, use, and share information.
I never had a knack for writing code, though. Instead, I would spend too many nights figuring out methods for bringing that code to human kind, obsessively reviewing disruptive Internet products, studying how they were launched and challenged the status quo.
More concretely, I believe in spreading the knowledge of inspired entrepreneurs, thinkers, and companies looking to make an impact and solve real problems. My company, Lingo, exists to help thoughtful ideas spread–through writing, speaking, education.
Since 2010 I also teach entrepreneurship at the University of Oslo, where I designed a real world course based on Lean Startup, Business Model Canvas and Customer Development. My work on the area appeared at Stanford University, UC Berkeley, and INSEAD among others.
Currently, I’m writing a book, Startup Vikings, to help aspiring entrepreneurs (and intrapreneurs) connect and find inspiration in role models. Through interviews with Nordic tech entrepreneurs about their lessons learned and approaches to leadership and building products, the book shares an insider look at Nordic innovation.
Ok, but what is a meth·od·ol·o·gist, really?
A methodologist is one who studies methodology. A methodology is the system of methods and principles used in a particular discipline. My discipline happens to lie at the intersection of design and communication of early stage-stage innovation.
Creator of Business Model Press, a web tool to design, share, and track business models.
Creator of the Lean Startup+Business Model Pattern.
Editor of Vevens Gang, a tech blog dedicated to profiling the tech startup scene in Norway, in Norwegian.
Board member at betaFACTORY, the first tech startup accelerator in Norway.
Curator of the Norwegian Startup List (and Norway editor at Startup Genome).