Jorn Lyseggen

Founder & CEO of Meltwater, and author of Outside Insight

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Jorn Lyseggen

About Jorn

A serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, Jorn Lyseggen is the Founder & CEO of Meltwater, which he started in his home country of Norway in 2001. Launched with just a $15,000 investment, Jorn and his team have grown the company from its humble beginnings with 2 guys and a coffee machine into a global leader in media intelligence, with over 1,500 employees in 55 offices across 6 continents, and more than 25,000 clients worldwide today.

Jorn started his career as a research scientist in Norway, focused on artificial intelligence – a theme that remains central to his professional life today. He’s an inventor at heart, holding two patents for technical innovations. Leveraging his passion for data science, Jorn started three companies that resulted in two trade sales and a public listing on the Swedish stock exchange, before Meltwater took off in 2001.

Jorn believes in technology's power to affect entire economies, and to change the way companies around the world are governed and run. His first book, Outside Insight: Navigating a World Drowning in Data, illustrates this idea by describing the emergence of a new software category that will focus on how insights gleaned from the vast amount of external information available on the web can and will transform corporate decision-making.

In 2016, Jorn launched SHACK15, the first data science hub, in London, as a place where tomorrow's leading global tech startups can come together to meet, collaborate and innovate – following his own love for this space.

An experienced entrepreneur, Jorn also believes in the importance of supporting the next generation of tech leaders, and that they can originate anywhere in the world. Based on the notion that talent is evenly distributed though opportunity is not, in 2008 Jorn founded the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) - a Pan-African training program, seed fund and incubator headquartered in Accra, Ghana – to find, train and support talented African tech entrepreneurs.

Jorn has been featured in Forbes, CNN, BBC and TechCrunch, among others. He's spoken at top universities including Harvard, Stanford and Oxford, and is a member of the Europas Hall of Fame. Today he is based between San Francisco and London.

Jorn's Book

Navigating a world drowning in data

Jorn's book, Outside Insight: Navigating a world drowning in data, launches October 12th 2017. Based on the core concept behind Meltwater, Outside Insight discusses the importance of external data and the valuable insights that decision makers can glean by looking outside their own brand to leverage the 'online breadcrumbs' competitors leave behind. Filled with cases featuring major global brands, Jorn offers a detailed plan for managers across all company functions to implement Outside Insight into their decision-making processes.

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Meltwater is a global leader in media intelligence and Outside Insight technology. Jorn founded Meltwater in Norway in 2001. Today it has over 1500 employees in 55 offices across 6 continents, serving over 25,000 corporate clients. With a truly global footprint, Meltwater enables businesses around the world to make better, more informed decisions based on insights from external data.

See how you can find insights in your external data to inform better, more forward-looking decisions.

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Pan-African start-up incubator

MEST is a Pan-African training program, seed fund and incubator for African entrepreneurs. Jorn founded MEST in 2008 via the Meltwater Foundation because he believes there is a massive amount of untapped talent on the African continent that lacks access to training, resources and support. Today it's headquartered in Accra, Ghana, with over 30 portfolio companies, incubators in Accra, Lagos and Cape Town and a presence across the continent.

MEST is not just training people; it’s shaping the next generation of software entrepreneurs.

Florence Toffa | Director, Mobile Web Ghana

See MEST in action and learn how you can get involved.


The next generation of data science startups

In 2016 Jorn launched SHACK15, the world's first data science hub, based in London's Silicon Valley. Dedicated to fostering the next generation of data science startups, SHACK15 is a vibrant co-working space and meeting place for entrepreneurs, investors and data enthusiasts.

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Co-working and events

Members join the growing data science ecosystem, and work alongside data science enthusiasts like themselves

Meltwater connection

Meltwater offers support and partnership to companies in SHACK15

Global hot desks

Members gain access to SHACK15's global presence, with hotdesks in London, Shanghai and Silicon Valley


Jorn in the news

"Lyseggen is a leading expert in helping companies adjust to a new digital reality"

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"A global leader in media intelligence. In 2008, Lyseggen founded MEST (Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology) in Accra, Ghana, on the belief that talent is everywhere, though opportunity is not."

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"Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology, a program created by Meltwater founder Jorn Lyseggen to help West African entrepreneurs learn how to launch companies."

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"Talent is talent, everywhere," says Lyseggen, 48. That philosophy has helped him not only survive the challenges from Google and Yahoo but also transform Meltwater into a company that produces annual revenue approaching $300 million"

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"Jorn Lyseggen Wins The Europa Hall Of Fame Award At Europas Awards 2016"

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"If we are able to create these role models and if we are able to play a small role in inspiring the up-and-coming youth and contribute to establishing and building a prosperous software industry locally in Ghana and across Africa, then we have made something that's worthwhile."

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Jorn talks Meltwater, MEST and Outside Insight

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