Søren Therkelsen

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Bio

Building startups is what I do - currently building Qurasense - my fifth venture and this time in life-science. I also co-founded SCALEit and have through this helped 100+ startups get started in Silicon Valley.

My first startup was as an internet pirate (1996). While serving millions of people with free stuff, I made money on advertising and 'quit the industry' at age 16 when I was no longer underaged (story in Danish). I studied exponential technologies at Singularity University with subjects such as artificial intelligence, robotics, biotech, 3D printing, virtual reality, nanotech and entrepreneurship. I have a BA in Digital Project Management and (almost) finished a master in IT & Business.

ThroughEtalii I do public speaking and workshops on insights to technology and entrepreneurship (site in Danish), which I something I truly enjoy. Sharing is caring and I wear a wristband that says pay-it-forward.

Life is more fun when you keep an open mind!

Work

Entrepreneurship, startup scaling, advertising and sales

2009 - Current

Work for hire

Yggdrasil.me

2014 - Current

Life science

Co-founder of Qurasense

2011 - Current

Startup scaling

Co-founder of SCALEit

2013 - 2014

HR & Recruitment

Co-founder of uLabs Ventures

2008 - 2010

Advertising

TBWA\

2007 - 2010

Explosives retail

Co-founder of Krudtmarked

2005 - 2007

Sales

SoftScan

2005 - 2006

Sports clothing

Co-founder of Fairsport

1996 - 2000

Internet Pirate

Cant tell in Warez

Work for hire

Yggdrasil.me

This is where you are now - I can be hired to help you scale, be networked in to Silicon Valley, for internal innovation processes in large corps., and for 1-on-1 updates for executives on disruptive technology.

Life science

Co-founder of Qurasense

We are a lifescience company. Cant tell you much.

Startup scaling

Co-founder of SCALEit

Bridging Denmark with Silicon Valley. I have worked with 100+ startups, among others Be My Eyes, Saxo.com, The Eye Tribe, Planday, Graduateland, Conferize, Remove the Background, Assemblage, Javeleon, Komfo, Tweakker, RushFiles, Labster, ..., ..., (I love helping startups!)

HR & Recruitment

Co-founder of uLabs Ventures

uLabs is a disruptive incubator for software projects redefining the way companies find and recruit talent, build out of Stockholm and San Diego. The target project is intern-x.com

Advertising

TBWA\

I was a digital project manager in a global advertising company. Clients = big corporate! (Playstation, Apple, Renault, etc.)

Explosives retail

Co-founder of Krudtmarked

When I studied my BA I also build a fireworks company with a revenue of 1m DKK pr. year. 1 month of seasonal work - fun times..!!

Sales

SoftScan

B2B SaaS email scanning. Cold canvas and not afraid of it. Top 10% sales guy. Acq. by Symantec in 2009

Sports clothing

Co-founder of Fairsport

CSR sponsoring of sports clothing with online webportal. Our angel investor was Allan Simonsen (european footballer of the year, 1977)

Internet Pirate

Cant tell in Warez

Internet Pirate. Peaked with realdownloadz.com (25.000 unique pr. day) and pureelite.com (150.000 popups pr. day). I quit 'the business' when I was no-longer legally under aged

Education

I am more practical than theoretical

Singularity University

Graduate Studies Program

2014 - 2014 SU is designed for people who want to build innovative solutions to solve global grand challenges that can positively impact the lives of a billion people. The curriculum is AI & Robotics, Nanotech, Networks & Computing Systems, Biotech & Bioinformatics, Medicine & Neuroscience, Futures Studies & Forecasting and entrepreneurship. I won a free scholarship through Danske Ideer for CrowdCare (http://vimeo.com/85885435),

IT University of Copenhagen

Cand.merc in Digital Innovation & Management

2010 - 2015 It has taken me forever to finish my master, and I take courses when time permits it. I enjoy taking a practical approach to the theoretical framework of formal institutions.

Stanford University

Various

2011 - 2012 When living in California, I have been taking 5 courses in entrepreneurship, branding and politics.

The Danish School of Media and Journalism

BA in Media Production & Management

2007 - 2010 I learned about the belts and bolts of digital project management.

Speaking & Workshops

I can be booked for public speaking engagements and workshops.

Learn more at www.etalii.dk

Entrepreneurship and startups

Exponential Technologies

Society in change and ethics

Practical and engaging workshops

Testimonials

Alex Farcet

Co-founder of Startupbootcamp. Partner at Rainmaking (Venture Scout, Rainmaking Loft & more)

“Søren is a born connector in the best sense of the word: he's constantly looking out for opportunities to add value to people in his network. He's connected me countless times to super interesting people / opportunities. On top of that he's a self-starter and natural deal maker. All in all, he has the makings of a superb entrepreneur.”

Jens Reimer Olesen

CEO & Co-founder of Graduateland

“Long is lazy, brief is hard! So here goes: Søren is one of the most talented individuals I have ever worked with. He has an incredible drive and passion and is able to execute on a level I never thought possible! Amazing guy!”

Paul Clements

Owner at clem in the cloud

“Søren is a true energy bomb! His passion and drive in projects is second to none and I am sure that he is always ''on the case" looking for new angles to a project. Søren is also has a great entreupeuner side to him, adding business to ideas, and ideas to business, a true talent filled with raw energy and drive. I am sure as he gets older he will be a great man to know. I wish Søren the best luck in the world and am proud to call him a friend.”

Jesper Bang-Olsen

CEO, Basepoint Media A/S

“Søren is a person with a huge drive and excellent skills. I learned about his talent when our Company was in Silicon Valley to explore US-penetration. Søren's project management skills and general overview was far beyond my expectations.”

Jakob Hagemann

Co-founder at Kiggit

“Søren has been an invaluable source of inspiration through SCALEit. Søren's positive energy and straightforward personality is really the embodiment of the Valley spirit. I can highly recommend Søren for any role that involves a high level of activity and communication with external stakeholders.”

Jimmi Andersen

Robocat / Serial Entrepreneur

“Working with Søren has been a tremendous experience for us. We received so much more beyond what we could have ever imagined, and we where literally blown away the Silicon Valley mindset! Søren is a fun, friendly and always helpful person. Søren will throw great contacts your way, you just have to catch the ball and run. With Søren it's only your own limits that sets the boundary. Thanks”

Claus Toftkjær

Aalborg Akvavit og Gammel Dansk at Arcus A/S

“Søren er et af de mest energiske og initiativrige mennesker jeg har mødt. Ingen udfordring jeg har sat op for Søren, har været for stor og han har altid udvist stor flittighed og iver i opgaveløsningen. På det sociale plan er Søren en kæmpe gevinst - han er vellidt blandt alle og formår at skabe glæde og positiv stemning blandt alle han arbejder sammen med.

Jeg kan kun give Søren mine aller-varmeste anbefaling.”

Christian Rasmussen

Cisco

“When our company went through an intense two months period of negotiation and later got acquired, Søren Therkelsen was a tremendous help with both his vast international network, expertise and good professional advice. I can only recommend Søren and his skills - it's a true joy working with him.”

Thomas Kragelund

CEO at Remove The Background

“We have had the pleasure of working with Søren at the SCALEit program. Søren is one of the most interesting persons I have ever worked with. Besides having an in-depth knowledge of e-commerce/technology, he is a great organiser/executer and has a unique talent for connecting you to all the right people.”

Michael Heltzen

Serial entrepreneur

“Before SCALEit I was a newcomer to Silicon Valley, in need to work around “the Capital of the Startup and VC world”. Søren was one of the key people that helped facilitate and ensure that we achieved those goals to the full. Søren’s skills and drive within execution and networking makes his solid and hard work look almost easy- if only more people had Søren’s energy and positive attitude!”

Contact

Get in touch, share an idea or just say hello.

Silicon Valley // Copenhagen

US: +1 415 702 8935
DK: +45 2536 1620
Skype ID: sorent.dk

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