S. Olav Carlsen

Olav has over 25 years of experience in managing technology companies in Europe, USA and South America.

Prior to co-founding Hydrogen Rise, Olav co-founded a company as part of the Tiaxa Group in Chile and Germany that evolved into one of the world´s leading global innovative financial services provider for telecommunication companies.

Before Tiaxa, Olav spent 10 years in Silicon Valley as CFO of PortalPlayer Inc. where he was leading the company´s IPO and Transmeta Corp. PortalPlayer is known as the exclusive provider of key chip and firmware technology to the first generations of Apple iPods while Transmeta developed low power computing  chips enabling the design of the first thin and long-battery life notebooks for most major computer manufacturers.

Olav holds lectures in entrepreneurship and is a mentor to many startup companies in various international programs, among others in the EU Copernicus Accelerator Program.