People who have tried to keep up with Torleif's energy and pace should know his multi-skilled drive and talent. He is often described as an energetic Jack of all Trades; a business person, a research scientist and an extremely competitive sportsman.
"But hey, I still want to be really, really good at what I do, and that requires attitude, passion and hard work", says Torleif Ahlsand reflectively. "At Northzone I'm free to play on everything in my background and personality; I'm loving it."
Prior to Northzone, Torleif was VP of Corporate Finance in Handelsbanken Capital Markets and an “M&A Business Strategy-guy" - in Orkla ASA. Torleif also has a professional technical background as a research scientist at CERN outside Geneva and as a telecommunications engineer in Nera Satcom.
Outside the office, you're most likely to find Torleif exploring new limits in hard-core activities such as mountaineering, kiting, MTB, randoneé skiing, kayaking, windsurfing, or - as one would suspect from a Norwegian – cross country skiing. The former Nordic champion in Skiathlon and Norwegian national team basketball player still pushes hard for andrenaline, "good vibrations" and top results in endurance sports. That he is a world class performer in his age group goes without saying. Probably the best VC skier out there!
Torleif holds a M.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from NTNU (1991) and an MBA with Honours from IMD in Switzerland (1997).
Former board positions in the Northzone portfolio: Energy Micro, Nimsoft, Funcom, VisualDNA, Colibria, Ignis, Intility, Photonyx, Playdo, Tinde, and Orecon.