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Brendan Ives is in charge of a new generation of mobile and digital solutions as Managing Director of Division X – the innovation hub at Swedish telecoms company Telia. Brendan moved to Europe from New Zealand with just a backpack in the early 2000s (in the days before smartphones and social media) and now he’s helping today’s disruptors to trailblaze the trends of the future. In this episode he touches on his personal journey, his experience coaching emerging startups and his views on how tech is set to transform our lives in the months and years ahead.
In this episode Brendan answers questions including:
- What goes on at Division X?
- As our homes and transport become smarter and more connected, how do you deal with people who are scared about how data about their everyday lives might be used by Telia and other companies?
- What kind of discussions are you having when it comes to inequality between wealthier people who have access to a growing numbers of gadgets and those who don’t?
- What are the other main challenges in your role?
- Tell us how you coach startups as part of the Coach Your Business Program?
- If you could start your career now, would you work in startups or pick a corporate route?
- Can Stockholm keep competing with the likes of Silicon Valley and other emerging startup hubs?
- Do you think Stockholm brags enough about the startup scene here?
Our favourite quote from Brendan:
“One thing’s for sure, everything that can be connected will be connected. I think we’re going to see more and more services around the connected home, around the connected car – making our lives easier.”
About The Stockholmer
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