Nicklas Bergman is a serial entrepreneur, venture capitalist and futurist. He has worked as an entrepreneur and technology investor for more than 25 years. For most of these years, the primary focus has been on investments and business development in emerging markets, web services, nanotechnology, computing, new materials, and new media art. Currently, he is close to around 15 direct and indirect investments.
A couple of years ago, he got tired of endless meetings with bankers, lawyers, and boards of directors. He decided to take the technology bull by the horns, and find another approach. He therefore cleared his schedule, and embarked on this journey to understand where technology is taking us and if we are truly ready. Today, his time is divided between existing and new technology investments, a couple of his own skunkworks projects, and speaking and writing on the future of technology and business.
He is the strategic advisor to European Commissioner and to the European Institute of Technology on issues related to science, innovation and the commercialisation of technology. He is also a Scandinavian representative of the TechCast Technology Think Tank in Washington DC, and member of both the World Future Society and the Long Now Foundation.
As a writer, he is very interested in the merger of technology, society, and business. He recently published a new book on how to deal with new technologies from a business perspective called Surviving the Tech Storm – Strategy in Times of Technological Uncertainty. The book is about technology being, probably, the strongest driver of change today and that anyone in a management position, or anyone with aspirations to eventually be in that position, must understand how technology is changing business from the ground up.
He is also part of “Nordic Ways”, the 2016 key project at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C., USA. The final result of the project was a book of essays on how Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are facing economic and social challenges through what has been known as the “Nordic Model”. Authored by people from all the Nordic countries, all the writers have backgrounds in politics, academia, design, arts, industry, and civil society. This game changing book was released in October of 2016.