As of next week, an interesting phase in my life starts. I am temporarily moving to S-California with my family. It’s just a short visit. I will be back in Iceland in January. Why? And what will you do there – one might ask. It’s quite simple, I am just following my wife who will take a one semester sabbatical at University of California Irvine (UCI). And yes, we are taking our three children with us, who will attend schools in a new environment. For those not familiar with Irvine, it is in Orange County, slightly south of Los Angeles.
For the past five years, I have been fortunate enough to being part of building a sustainable startup ecosystem through my position at the CEO Office at Arion Bank. The bank is a proud owner of two business accelerators, Startup Reykjavik and Startup Energy Reykjavik and will, by the end of the year, have invested in over 70 Icelandic startups since 2012. Arion Bank and I are very proud of this fact.
Now it is time to sit somewhat back and make time for reflection. I will work 50% from distance in Irvine and maintain both current relationships and make new ones in Iceland, but will make the time to breathe in a different culture, understanding new opportunities and meet new people. I have no doubt it serves a good purpose for me and my family and my employer.
I will try to write about my experience and opportunities on this site. My contact information will stay the same. Kindly just mind the time difference!
The bonus will be the gentle weather, at least compared to Iceland, since, as the poet said: “It never rains in Southern California”.