Nicklas Bergman

  • Serial Entrepreneur and Technology Investor
  • Futurist Researcher and Writer

Nicklas Bergman has for more than 20 years worked as a serial entrepreneur, technology investor and futurist focusing mostly on investments and business development in emerging markets, web services, nanotechnology, computing, new materials and new media art, currently through roughly 20 direct and indirect technology investments.

He lectures on how to navigate and survive the upcoming techstorm, and how individuals and businesses can gain a competitive edge by staying informed on emerging technologies and the ongoing transformation of society.

Where will technology take us? Are we ready for what the future may hold? The possibilities are endless. We’re witnessing the dawn of an era. An era where technology will redefine who we are, and it’s no longer just a question of what technology can do for us, but also what should we allow technology to do. With vast experience from navigating through turbulent and uncertain technology environments, he is the perfect guide when you are trying to understand what the future will bring.

 
  

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Nicklas is a futurist of highest rank. With a combination of intellectual elasticity and futurological curiosity, he weaves a tickling portrait of how the technologies of tomorrow will affect our way of life and business. That he also as an investor 'puts his money where his mouth is' makes him one of our most credible guides to the possibilities and challenges of the future. As a conference junkie I see hundreds of speakers every year, and Nicklas is by far one of the best.

A Sample of the Groups That Have Hosted Nicklas Bergman
  • Smart Engines Summit, France
  • Swedish Venture Capital Association
  • National Institute for Nanotechnology, Canada
  • Panasonic SVP North America
  • National Institute for Nanotechnology
  • Stockholm School of Economics
  • Stockholm Innovation and Growth
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Surviving the Digital Tech Storm

In a time when established businesses are under constant pressure to innovate and stay ahead of the competition, it’s vital to understand that with technological development comes the need for business innovation. In this keynote, I’ll provide insights and tools for conquering the digital world, exa ...

In a time when established businesses are under constant pressure to innovate and stay ahead of the competition, it’s vital to understand that with technological development comes the need for business innovation. In this keynote, I’ll provide insights and tools for conquering the digital world, examples of how to identify opportunities and challenges in the rapidly changing technology landscape. This presentation is filled with examples of emerging technologies relevant to the audience, case studies from some of the best tech companies in the world, as well as tools for analyzing technologies, assessing the business implications, and adapting to a new uncertainty.

Key takeaways:

  • Overview of the latest digital development which all come from a perspective of business opportunities and challenges.
  • Inspiring examples of the use of technology from some of the most successful companies in the world.
  • Hands-on guide and tools so that the attendants can make their own technology and business assessments right after the event.

The Tech Storm 42 Briefing

Aided by images, graphics, and video clips, and based on my constantly updated list of the 42 most interesting emerging technologies to keep an eye on, I’ll present examples of the latest research, innovation, and business trends. Depending on the agenda, I’ll present as many graphics and videos as ...

Aided by images, graphics, and video clips, and based on my constantly updated list of the 42 most interesting emerging technologies to keep an eye on, I’ll present examples of the latest research, innovation, and business trends. Depending on the agenda, I’ll present as many graphics and videos as there’s time for either picking the ones the audience wants to hear about or the ones I find the most relevant for you.

Key takeaways:

  • Overview of the most interesting, challenging, and thought-provoking emerging technologies that’s out there.
  • New perspective on how technology gets accepted into society.
  • Understanding how to relate to these technologies from a business perspective.
  • New insight on the ethical aspects of emerging technologies, and how to relate to these issues.

The Tech Storm Workshop

A deep dive into emerging technologies, the challenges and opportunities and the tools for analyzing technologies, assessing the business implications, and adapting to a new uncertainty is what I speak about in the Tech Storm Workshop. Based on the methodology of my most recent book “Surviving the T ...

A deep dive into emerging technologies, the challenges and opportunities and the tools for analyzing technologies, assessing the business implications, and adapting to a new uncertainty is what I speak about in the Tech Storm Workshop. Based on the methodology of my most recent book “Surviving the Tech Storm– Strategy in Times of Technological Uncertainty" this workshop is aided by the creative use of decks of cards and other tools for emerging technologies as well as for new business models.

 

Key takeaways:

  • An understanding of how new technologies are being accepted into society and adopted by businesses.
  • Tools for spotting emerging technology trends and understanding the time perspective; i.e. when a technology will break through.
  • Tools for assessing and understanding the business implications and acting on this new information.
  • Tools for looking at uncertainty in new ways, being comfortable with increasing change of pace and identifying opportunities in an ambiguous world.

The Tech Storm Paradigm

A thought-provoking, philosophical, and entertaining journey into the world of emerging technologies is where I challenge the audience to think about the future in new ways, consider where we want technology to take us, and whether or not we’re ready for the approaching storm of technology.   Key ta ...

A thought-provoking, philosophical, and entertaining journey into the world of emerging technologies is where I challenge the audience to think about the future in new ways, consider where we want technology to take us, and whether or not we’re ready for the approaching storm of technology.

 

Key takeaways:

  • What can we learn from history when looking at the rapidly changing world around us.
  • A deeper understanding of technology’s role in the development of our society.
  • A deeper understanding of the opportunities and challenges of technological development.
  • New insights on the ethical aspects of emerging technologies, and how to relate to these issues.

 

Strategy Under Technological Uncertainty: How the Techstorm is Disrupting Business

The increasing rates of innovation and scienti?c development are affecting all aspects of running a business today. As information technology matures, new disruptive technologies are emerging that will ultimately change the way we conduct business. How should a company act in times of great technolo ...

The increasing rates of innovation and scienti?c development are affecting all aspects of running a business today. As information technology matures, new disruptive technologies are emerging that will ultimately change the way we conduct business. How should a company act in times of great technological turbulence to avoid being eliminated by a ”Kodak Moment”?

Ignorance is bliss but not a viable approach to the ongoing techstorm. Instead, it’s important to understand what level of uncertainty you are facing. Then, assess different strategies based on whether you want to try to shape the potential future or if you would rather stay more agile and adapt to changes in the competitive landscape.

In this talk, Nicklas presents a technology perspective on corporate strategy and uncertainty ?lled with examples from his investments and entrepreneurial ventures as well as from the cutting edge of emerging technologies. He is also focusing on how you identify and bene?t from opportunities arising in the ever changing technological landscape.

Will Robots Steal My Job?: How the Techstorm is Disrupting Your Life

Computers outclass humans in Jeopardy and outperform lawyers in case preparation. Robots excel over humans in various agriculture, healthcare and transportation applications. A recent study from Oxford University suggests that almost 2/3 of the U.S. workforce has a medium to high risk of job destruc ...

Computers outclass humans in Jeopardy and outperform lawyers in case preparation. Robots excel over humans in various agriculture, healthcare and transportation applications. A recent study from Oxford University suggests that almost 2/3 of the U.S. workforce has a medium to high risk of job destruction because of automation. Is the human workforce an endangered species? Are we moving towards a jobless society?

When a technology matures and a new emerges, you can identify a number of traits that are crucial for making it in the upcoming era. In this talk, Nicklas presents an in-depth view on vital prerequisites for individual success in this ongoing techstorm. To stay competitive, you must learn to prepare for ambiguity, rather than plan for the future. It’s also crucial to value skills that are harder to automate. Work on your creative, innovative as well as social and emotional skills. In times when information is instantly available, you should focus on asking the right questions, not giving the right answers.

Embrace Ambiguity

What is ambiguity? Is it the same as risk? No, uncertainty and ambiguity is the inability to calculate risk. The difference between them is a matter of knowledge. If you gather information in a situation of great uncertainty, you are able to make an accurate risk assessment. With an information or e ...

What is ambiguity? Is it the same as risk? No, uncertainty and ambiguity is the inability to calculate risk. The difference between them is a matter of knowledge. If you gather information in a situation of great uncertainty, you are able to make an accurate risk assessment. With an information or experience advantage, you can stay ahead of the competition, also in a highly ambiguous situation.

Nicklas Bergman has lived his whole life facing situations of great ambiguity, whether is is when drift diving with hundreds of reef sharks in French Polynesia, camping among wild camels on the Mongolian tundra or starting a business in Romaina in 1990, only months after the execution of head of state Nicolae Ceausescu. In ”Embrace ambiguity”, he elaborates on entrepreneurship and business development in situations of great uncertainty, based on his 20+ years in emerging markets and investments in emerging technologies.

The Future is Not What It Used to Be: How the Techstorm is Disrupting Society

Where will technology take us? Are we ready for what the future may hold? The possibilities are endless, and we’re witnessing the dawn of an era where technology will rede?ne who we are. It’s no longer just a question of what technology can do for us, but also what should we allow technology to do. ...

Where will technology take us? Are we ready for what the future may hold? The possibilities are endless, and we’re witnessing the dawn of an era where technology will rede?ne who we are. It’s no longer just a question of what technology can do for us, but also what should we allow technology to do.

In the coming decades society will go through a painful and challenging transformation due to the ongoing techstorm. With automation comes unemployment and a smaller tax base. Increased longevity means greater pressure on the pension systems. Easy access to our genetic information raises ethical issues of what we want to know about ourselves, and also what we want to share with others.

In a multimedia presentation ?lled with colorful examples, Nicklas presents a future outlook on trends based on emerging technologies and their impact on society. He is also covering ethical aspects on technology, preparing you for the times to come.

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Biography

I’ve spent the last 25 years working as an entrepreneur and technology investor, mostly focusing on investments and business development in emerging markets, instrumentation, nanotechnology, computing, new materials and new media art, currently through close to 15 direct and indirect investments. I've made lots of mistakes, been responsible for epic failures and lucky enough to be part of some successes along the way. Over the years I've said no to investments that turned into unicorns and spent way too much time in endless meetings with bankers, lawyers, and boards of directors.

A couple of years ago I cleared my schedule and embarked on a journey to understand where technology is taking us and if we are ready for the upcoming tech storm. Today I’m dividing my time between existing and new technology investments, a couple of my own skunkworks projects and speaking and writing on the future of technology and business. I’m strategic advisor to European Commissioner Carlos Moedas and the European Innovation Council, working on a new innovation strategy for Europe. I’m also Scandinavian representative of the TechCast Technology Think Tank in Washington DC, associated to the Society & Innovation section of the World Economic Forum and member of both the World Future Society and the Long Now Foundation.

As a writer, I’m very interested in the merger of technology, society and business. In 2016 I published a book on how to deal with new technologies from a business perspective: Surviving the Tech Storm - Strategy in Times of Technological Uncertainty (Lid Publishing, London, 2016). With the conviction that technology is probably the strongest driver of change today, it’s obvious that anyone in a management position, or aspirations to eventually be in that position, must understand how technology is changing business from the ground up.

I’m also part of “Nordic Ways”, the 2016 key project at the SAIS Center for Transatlantic Relations at Johns Hopkins University in Washington D.C., USA. The final result is a compilation of essays on how Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden are facing economic and social challenges through what has been known as the “Nordic Model”. Authored by people from the Nordic countries with backgrounds in politics, academia, design, arts, business, technology, and civil society, the book was released in the US in October 2016.

I’m co-founder and largest investor in several companies including:

  • The Volvo trucks and buses distribution network in Romania, that grew into a 300 MEUR business and was acquired by Volvo Corp. in 2006.
  • An electron microscopy company with a unique patented technology for movement and interaction on the atomic scale. With close to 150 high-profile customers in more than 30 countries world-wide, the technology was acquired by FEI in 2013.
  • A Scandinavian ski resort development that has attracted investments of close to 150 MEUR in the past 10 years, and invigorated a whole region in the north of Sweden.

Further, I’ve been a longtime participant in the Nordic startup scene. Between 2005 and 2016 I was a member of the investor network associated to the STING incubator and SUP46 accelerator in Stockholm, and I'm still a shareholder in STING Capital (a focused venture capital company investing in STING companies), and was between 2007 and 2012 member of their investment committee. Also, I’ve acted as CEO and/or investor in several companies originating from the incubator environment at the Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg. During the past 15 years my investments have each returned everything from 0 to 52 times, and I’ve come to realise that luck is an essential part of the equation and also that I’ve learnt more from my failures than from my successes…

As a keynote speaker, in the past 18 months I’ve been invited to closed corporate events such as:

- Energy Innovation Summit for the top 250 managers of French energy giant Engie SA (Paris)

- annual EU commission and the Marie Skłodowska-Curie research program conference (Luxembourg)

- annual GP Bullhound Media Momentum summit (Paris)

- strategy meeting for the global management team of Air France SA (Stockholm)

- strategy meeting for the global management team of Novo Nordisk AS (Stockholm)

- strategy meeting for top 10 division leaders at Siemens AG (Stockholm)

- strategy workshop for Invest Europe (former European Venture Capital Association) and their 30 hand- picked top European start-up founders (Berlin)

- launch of the Volvo XC90 SUV together with the head of Volvo Cars UK and the VP of Design for Volvo Cars (Nottingham)

- additionally, I’ve been invited to corporate events at among others ABB, Abbvie, Atos, BNP Paribas, Cargotec, Citywire, CGI, Danone/Nutricia, Deloitte, Ericsson, Handelsbanken, Hoist, Gefco, Microsoft, Neste Jacobs, Nordea, Norvegian Cruise Lines, Novartis, PwC and Ricoh.

 

Also, in the past 18 months I’ve been invited as a keynote speaker to public as well as by-invitation-only conferences in Asia, Europe and North America, such as:

- management seminar for selected C-suite executives in the financial industry, hosted by the IPMI Business School (Jakarta, Indonesia)

- inauguration event for NanoCanada, national initiative for nanotechnology research, innovation and business (Ottawa, Canada)

- South By Southwest (SXSW) 2015 conference on technology, music and film with 30 000+ attendants, www.sxsw.com (Austin, TX, USA)

- World Future Society’s annual conference on the state of the future (San Francisco, CA, USA)

- opening keynote at Istanbul Talks (where Richard Branson was the closing keynote) (Istanbul, Turkey)

- Uludag Ekonomi Zirvesi, ”the Davos of Turkey”, (Uludag, Turkey)

- SLUSH 2016 start-up and innovation summit with 15 000+ attendants (Helsinki, Finland)

 

 

 

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