In 1971, at the age of 6, I sat on the lap of my grandmother while she was reading to me from a book about the solar system. From that time on I wanted to become an astronomer. I got my first telescope at the age of 10 and spent most of my earnings on advanced telescope 5 years later. My passion for astronomy also matched with a talent for mathematics and physics, which earned me a PhD in theoretical physics (complex plasma) at age 29.
In the years following my PhD I worked mainly with experimental physics, building camera systems and optical sensors for rocket payloads. I became professor at the Institute of Physics and Technology, University of Tromsø, in 2003, 9 years after my PhD. I had been holding this position for 6 years, before I decided to depart from university and try my luck in the business world.
So I started Taco Scientific AS, a company that offered my knowledge and expertise in optics and hardware integration to institutions and industrial customers in the need for developing optical instrumentations that are not available “on the shelf”. During my years in Taco Scientific, I found myself equally much a student in the art of running a business than a skilled developer of various optical sensors and cameras. I also experienced that governmental businesses often are not willing to pay the real cost of services from external partners due to tight budgets. I therefore wanted to shift the focus towards the customer market and offer the results from science and improvements in technology to the general public. Additionally, I realized that in order to undertake the roles of business development, serious product developmen and proper customer follow-up, I had to expand the business.
To mark the change in business strategy and the need for more human resources, I teamed up with two other skilled mates to start a new venture, Pinhole AS. Together we aim at developing a company that transforms the advances in science and technology to products that improve the lives of others.