"[...] one of the most important persons in the German startup scene." - Wirtschafts Woche
"Vordenker 2022 - Deutschlands kluegste Koepfe" - DUP UNTERNEHMER-Magazin
A Norwegian tech entrepreneur (b. 1975) who from time to time founds (tech) startups to scratch his own itches, currently living in Meerbusch, Germany (CGN/DUS area) - and in airplanes around the world.
Andersen started out as a professional in the digital innovation field in the mid nineties surviving the dotcom boom Web 1.0 crash. Along the way he (among other things - and in no particular order) invented, pitched, and won the contract for the first web-based Learning Management System in the world for the Norwegian Government (and managed its production), found himself at one time serving as "Head of Digital" at T-Mobile International's lead agency responsible for all things digital for five years, at one point receiving a scholarship from one of Europe's most prestigious business universities (Deusto, Bilbao), co-founded the very popular enterprise content management system Plone (users include The FBI, The CIA, NASA JPL, and many more), founded the startup behind the first real Social Discovery app for the iPhone, co-founded a Vine app six months before Vine (cue #sarcasticprisonclap), did an ICO in 2017 (flopped, launched same week as the Chinese Crypto Crackdown, central Chinese backers requested immediate removal of all traces, cue #sadfacetrombone), did a couple of crowd funding projects (one flop, one success that made the IndieGogo global frontpage) founded and organized one of the world's largest Hacker News Meetups (HN Cologne, DE), co-founded Germany's (possibly Europe's) largest startup pitching event, the Rheinland Pitch - continuously running since 2013, once minted once sold his own NFTs (just because - NFTs are a joke anyways, right?), and founded a most wonderful family.
His work has been featured and recognised around the world by the likes of New York Times, CNN, TechCrunch, and Die Welt, and has been seen and used by billions (yes, that's billions with a "b").
A popular keynote speaker, panelist, and moderator (MC), he's been invited to places like SxSW, WebSummit, LeWeb, Cambridge, Stanford, PASSWORD, RTL's Digital Shapers, World Business Dialogue, and TedX Hamburg as a speaker and moderator (MC) - as well as to keynote corporate events from well-known brands like Bertelsmann, Henkel, and Amadeus Leisure Group, GOs like NRW INVEST, the city of Dusseldorf and the city of Cologne, and more.
A central figure in the German startup world and instrumental in the formation of the Cologne / Rhineland startup scene, Andersen's "hobby" is supporting early-stage startups and spreading education on how to build startups to students and founders as a very modest non-detrimental cap table position in super-early-stage tech startups, as a certified Lean Launchpad Educator invited to and trained by Steve Blank (the father of the Lean Startup movement) at Stanford, by providing free Open Office Hours weekly since 2007, additionally he's trained over 1.700 startups - and counting - to date how to pitch investors successfully on their own terms with his Pitching Masterclass, and the slides from his educational lectures and talks have been featured as "SlideShare's Slide of the Day" globally several times.
As an educator, he's been invited to teach and speak about startup entrepreneurship at Standford, Cambridge, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), BITS Iserlohn, WHU, Maastricht University, Cologne University, Cologne Polytechnical, NW University in Switzerland, Dokuz Eylul University in Turkey (DEU), Qazvin Islamic Azad University (QIAU) in Iran), and more. He's also worked with USAID to help support entrepreneurship in eastern European nations, educating corporate leaders and startup founders.
And - because corporations and organisations don't stop asking - he has also been helping corporations and organisations (like Deutsche Telekom, ABInBev, AXA, Philip Morris International, Bertelsmann, Zentis, Reifenhaeuser, BARCO, Henkel, Yello Strom, Telefonica, the International Iberian Nanotechnology Laboratory (INL), and many more) with innovation and digitalisation through his company +ANDERSEN & ASSOCIATES since 2013.
Speaking / Teaching* or Open Office Hours*
A popular keynote speaker, pictured Andersen is speaking about what marketers can learn from startups at Estonia's largest marketing conference "Password".
Andersen is a certified Lean Launchpad (LLP) Educator trained at Stanford by Steve Blank himself, here pictured teaching the LLP curriculum to students at the largest private tech university in Iran.
Andersen teaching his Pitching Masterclass, pictured here teaching in Budapest, Hungary.
Pictured, teaching his Innovator Masterclass for corporates at Telefonica Germany, Munich
Andersen's keynote (view on RTL) "Why Corporate Innovation Fails" at RTL's Digital Shapers conference in Zagreb.
As a popular speaker, keynote topics from Andersen include Digitalisation, Digital Transformation, Innovation, Startups, Data-Driven Innovation, Corporate Innovation, Technology, NFTs, Blockchain, Innovation Management, Corporate Entrepreneurship, Entrepreneurship and Intrapreneurship Education.
As a popular MC, here Moderating the closing panel discussion at the World Business Dialogue, Cologne.
A jury member for the Gruenderstipendium NRW in Cologne and Duesselforf since its inception, here on a panel discussion about the program so far with State Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy of North Rhine-Westphalia, Dr. Pinkwart.
In the 15 years preceding all of the above, Andersen was an on and off employee in various highly specialised digital development companies helping large international companies and organizations like Statoil, TeeKay Shipping, Shell, Esso, Exxon, T-Mobile International, Deutsche Telekom, Lufthansa, The Royal Norwegian Government, The Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research with innovation and digitalisation - in between founding his own companies. The last position he held before he decided to never be an employee again was "Head of Digital" - and "Member of the Board" - at the lead agency to T-Mobile International, responsible for all things digital. You can find more information about his past on LinkedIn.
*Please note as of February 24th 2022, bookings are not available to Russian owned or controlled companies, subsidiaries, GOs, etc long as the illegal invasion of the sovereign state of Ukraine is ongoing, Russian troops are still in Ukraine, and Putin remains in power. Thank you for understanding.