As an official welcoming to our newest member in the 500 Nordics family, we hereby introduce Edward – our Operations Associate for Distro Dojo, Stockholm. He holds two master degrees up his sleeve, and has a keen interest in emerging technologies and social media. Our journey continues with invading the Nordic startup scene – and among many awesome candidates, this guy hit top score. Congratulations, and welcome!
Country: Cape Town, South Africa
I was born in Cape Town, South Africa to an American mother and Swedish father, and I grew up there until I was 10 years old, at which point I moved to Richmond, VA in the US. After completing my bachelors at the University of Virginia, I’ve been bouncing around a lot, spending time in NYC, Cape Town, Lund, and Harare, before finally landing in Stockholm to complete a Masters in Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics (with an amazing exchange semester in Vienna). After the summer I’ll be moving again for a job with Business Sweden, this time Johannesburg for 6 months, followed by London for 6 months.
Hobbies and spare time activities:
I spend a lot of my free time playing ice hockey or at the gym: I recently started training for a triathlon and I want to try and complete one before I turn 30. I also travel A LOT, and keep a travel blog with stories and pictures, mostly for my family but of course anyone is welcome to read it! Lastly when I travel, I love collecting old coins from the countries I go to, and it’s actually normally the only souvenir I bring back from my trips (along with pictures of course).
What made you interested in working with 500 Nordics?
I decided to apply for the Operations Associate position because I’m really interested in learning more about accelerators and the myriad of ways that they invest in and help to grow startups. I had also heard very good things about the 500 Startups and 500 Nordics teams from a friend of mine, so I figured what better way to spend 2 months in the spring!
Fun fact about you:
“I’ve been in a foot race with a baby rhinoceros in Zimbabwe (unfortunately it was more of a chase than a race, with her angrily charging at me!)”
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