Vidar Andersen

Vidar Andersen

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Vidar Andersen's professional experience

  • 1 year
    2 months
    03/2013 - present

    Founding Principal

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  • 9 months
    08/2013 - present

    Producer

    StartupBus Europe BeNeLux

  • 1 year
    05/2013 - present

    Facilitator

    Startup Weekend

  • 1 year
    2 months
    03/2013 - present

    EXIST Startup Coach & Advisor

    Vidar Andersen

  • 1 year
    6 months
    11/2012 - present

    Coach / Mentor

    Startup Weekend

  • 1 year
    6 months
    11/2012 - present

    Regional Coordinator / Instructor

    NEXT Powered by Google for Entrepreneurs

  • 1 year
    11 months
    06/2012 - present

    Co-Founder

    Startup Weekend Cologne

  • 2 years
    3 months
    02/2012 - present

    Educator

    Vidar Andersen

  • 2 years
    4 months
    01/2012 - present

    Keynote Speaker & Moderator

    Vidar Andersen

  • 3 years
    4 months
    01/2011 - present

    Founder

    Hacker News Cologne

  • 3 years
    11 months
    06/2010 - present

    Founder

    Social Media Lunch Cologne

  • 4 years
    3 months
    02/2010 - present

    Board Member, Board of Supervisors

    motionet AG

  • 13 years
    4 months
    01/2001 - present

    Co-Founder

    Plone

  • 17 years
    4 months
    01/1997 - present

    Founding CEO

    blacktar.com

  • 2 years
    1 month
    07/2011 - 07/2013

    CEO & Co-Founder

    Gauss - The People Magnet

  • 5 months
    03/2010 - 07/2010

    Senior Consultant

    people interactive GmbH

  • 4 years
    7 months
    08/2005 - 02/2010

    Head of Digital

    CLAUSEN+REITSMA GmbH

  • 2 years
    10 months
    08/2002 - 05/2005

    Art Director / Information Architect

    Oberon IT AS

  • 6 months
    02/2002 - 07/2002

    Sales Consultant

    Findexa

  • 3 years
    6 months
    08/1997 - 01/2001

    User Experience Designer / Information Architect

    Media Farm AS

Vidar Andersen's educational background

  • 2013 - 2013

    National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIAA) at Stanford

    Entrepreneurship, Lean Launchpad Instructor

    Taught by Steve Blank and Jerry Engel at Stanford.
  • 2012 - 2012

    Deusto Business School

    Entrepreneurship

    Awarded scholarship to Global Entrepreneurship Accelerator Program (GEAP).
  • 1996 - 1996

    Agder University

    Philosopy

    Logic, didactics.
  • 1994 - 1996

    Lillehammer University College

    Science of Film

    Realism, Modernism and Post-Modernism.

Languages spoken by Vidar Andersen

  • German

    (First language)
  • English

    (First language)
  • French

    (Basic knowledge)
  • Swedish

    (Good knowledge)
  • Norwegian

    (First language)
  • Danish

    (Good knowledge)

Vidar Andersen's organisations

  • Plone Foundation
  • EFF
  • ACLU
  • AVFC
  • Kristin Brooks Hope Center
  • The Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science

Vidar Andersen's interests

Vidar Andersen's portfolio

  • I’m Vidar @blacktar Andersen

    And I don’t talk about myself in the third person.

    I’m a Norwegian entrepreneur with over 16 years of professional experience creating Internet-based software for F500 enterprises, currently living in Cologne, Germany.

    In February 2013 'The Rude Baguette', a leading European tech blog named me one of the top 5 must-know people in the German startup scene. In June 2013 I was invited to Stanford to receive the Lean Launchpad Instructor certification with Steve Blank.

    I found tech startups to solve problems, consult F100 enterprises on Corporate Entrepreneurship, lecture on startup entrepreneurship to college and university students, keynote entrepreneurial events and volunteer for the local startup ecosystem as Founder of the Hacker News Cologne Meetup, Startup Weekend Cologne Organizer and global Startup Weekend Facilitator and as an Instructor at NEXT Powered by Google for Entrepreneurship Cologne.

    Recently I founded the startup 'Gauss - The People Magnet' because I believe we all deserve the chance to be well-connected.

    My work has been featured and recognized by The New York Times, Business Insider, CNN, TechCrunch (US, EU and JP), Netzwertig, TechHustlers, TechCocktail, DVICE, BasicThinking, MLOVE, ZDF, The European Pirate Summit, LeWeb Paris, London Web Summit, TechCocktail SXSW, Startup Weekend, Startup Weekend NEXT, BiTS Iserlohn, University of Cologne, Rheinische University of Applied Science Cologne, Knowmads Business University Amsterdam, Deusto Business School University of Deusto, Karlshochschule International University and more.

    In the past I co-founded the popular open source and enterprise grade content management system Plone together with Alan Runyan and Alexander Limi. Users include NASA JPL, The CIA, The FBI, Lufthansa, eBay, Deutsche Telekom, The Government of Brazil, College University London, Yale University, Oxfam and more.

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