Eirik, who are you?
In short: Born in Lørenskog but moved to Gjøvik when I started in primary school, so that’s where I grew up and spent most of my childhood. I moved to Oslo to start my bachelor, and later MSc degree. During the MSc I had the pleasure of doing an exchange semester in Leipzig, Germany.
I still live in Oslo together with my girlfriend and our dog.
What did you do before you started working at Forkbeard and how does this experience benefit your current role?
Before Forkbeard I had the great opportunity to be a part of Unacast for close to 4 years (which was the first gig after finishing my MSc degree). I started out as Project Manager but moved early on to a different role, as the company was commercializing rapidly, so most of my time was spent as Partner Manager on the supply side.
Being a part of Unacast from the early days, is very much where Forkbeard is today (and is one of the reasons I wanted to join Forkbeard). Obviously, the more hands-on experience you can get from the start-up world the better it is. This I believe is the most beneficial aspect of my current role. As we’re a very young company a lot of time is spent on operational tasks and create processes/structure – as well as the everyday hustle!
What drew you to Forkbeard?
As I came from the location data industry, and had been there for a few years, working with both beacons and GPS data companies, I thought that I had seen it all – then suddenly Forkbeard came on to my radar. Seeing how accurate the indoor positioning solution is basically blew my mind!
Another thing that caught my attention was the vision of “Taking the GPS revolution indoors” – which is a bold statement. As the industry is very fragmented with thousands of different providers and multiple technologies to approach the use cases, there’s currently not a clear leader in the market, related to what Alexander is writing about in the “Where is the Google Maps for Indoors?” series – that’s something I wanted to be a part of and help build.
However, the most important thing for joining (saving the best for last, and so on) – the people! I’m really honored to have the opportunity to work with a bunch of very smart people we have in this company – I’m confident you can throw any problem or question at them and they will solve it.
What’s the best thing about working at Forkbeard?
Already said it: Easily the people. When building something big it’s important to attract the right people and culture. You can see that everyone in the company really wants to move the company forward, engage in daily discussions, learn from each other and collaborate to get the right things done.
What does your typical day look like at Forkbeard?
Similar to what has been mentioned by other colleagues, there’s really no typical day. As we are so few, especially on the commercial team, I have to act as a “potato” where my tasks range from working on strategy, over being on calls with potential customers and partners, to put together marketing material and so on. Most importantly is to tackle the most urgent tasks, but also the right tasks, that will move the company further.
How will Forkbeard help you with both your personal and professional development?
The same way Unacast helped me to learn a lot about start-ups, but most importantly myself, I believe Forkbeard will do the same. Being a part of such journey can be very stressful at times, but also so, so, so rewarding when it all comes together and works out. It’ll also give me even more experience and know-how from building a company which will come in handy for the next start-up I want to join, or perhaps even start myself…?
What’s the coolest place you’ve traveled to?
Maybe not the “coolest” but at least the best experience has to be Greece, or more specifically Saronida. As my girlfriend is half Greek, she wanted me to come down with the family to spend a couple of weeks at her grandfather’s house. Since I’m not really a “beach person” (I’d rather travel around and see stuff) I wasn’t sure if I’d enjoy spending that much time down there – oh boy was I wrong! I’m going back there asap when this whole covid situation is over.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
When not working I love to spend many (many, many…) hours outside on the bike – either by myself or in group rides, on the road or in marka. Obviously – a good series, movie or video game doesn’t hurt either, when I can lean back and sink in a few hours!
And finally, anything you’d like to say to the reader?
Do you want to be a part of the exiting start-up journey? Do you want to work with cool technology? Do you want to work with awesome people? Do you want to make a difference and take the GPS to the indoors?
I wanted to, and if you do too, Forkbeard is the place for you!