Hjalmar Gislason’s CV

Hjalmar “Hjalli” Gislason – CV

Significant other: Margret Dora Ragnarsdottir
Born: 30 January, 1976

(M) +354 860 3800
(E) hjalli@hjalli.com
(W) http://www.hjalli.com/

(Skype) hjallicom

The short version

Hjalmar is a technology enthusiast, entrepreneur and journalist.

Hjalmar is the founder and CEO of DataMarket.

Before starting DataMarket, Hjalmar was Director of Product Development at Iceland Telecom (Síminn), keeping an eye on the evolution in the telecom industry and an eye out for new opportunities for the company.

Hjalmar was one of the founders of the game development company, Lon&Don in 1997. Lon&Don specialized in games for the local market, topping the sales charts in Iceland for several months. In 1998 Lon&Don received a round of VC funding allowing the company to bring its products to the international market.

Consequently Lon&Don was acquired by multimedia company Gagarin in January 1999, where Hjalmar worked as project manager and software architect. Hjalmar was responsible for research and development, leading to the creation of a mobile entertainment division.

In 2000 Hjalmar founded mobile application company Maskina. Funded by several leading Scandinavian VC funds, Maskina developed and sold easy-to-use creation environments for mobile applications to telecom operators world wide.

Hjalmar left Maskina in September 2003 and worked as an independent consultant on various projects for a few months, most notably organizing the Digital Reykjavik conference.

In January 2004, Hjalmar started search company Spurl, that among other things developed one of the first social bookmarking services – Spurl.net – currently hosting more than 10 million bookmarks for over 100 thousand internet users all over the world. Spurl also developed an icelandic search engine – Embla (awarded Iceland’s best web site in 2005), and in a flurry of activity since, Spurl was acquired by directory / yellow pages company , a subsidiary of Iceland Telecom.

Working as a journalist since 1997, Hjalmar has written numerous articles for local and international media. He was a contributing editor of PC World – Iceland in the years 1998-2000. Hjalmar does a weekly TV commentary on tech news on local TV channel NFS.

I also maintain my CV and network on LinkedIn


Professional history (last updated early 2008)

June. 2006 – Director of Product Development at Iceland Telecom
Keeping an eye on evolution in the telecom industry and an eye out for new opportunities for Iceland Telecom.

Apr. 2004 –
June 2006
CEO and founder of Spurl.net
Designing and implementing social bookmarking service Spurl.net, local search engine Embla, and managing the company’s operations.

Spurl was acquired by directory / yellow pages company – a subsidiary of Iceland Telecom – in June 2006.


Sept. 2003 –
Apr. 2004
Independent – Various projects

Attending the hobbies:


May 2003 –
Sept. 2003
Viva Technologies – Product Manager
Product manager for Viva’s portfolio of mobile content and technology products after Maskina was sold to Viva. Product management involved concepts, design, specifications, marketing material and sales assistance.

May 2001 –
May 2003
Maskina – Chief Software Architect
Responsible for Maskina’s product strategy, design, specifications and marketing material. Involved in overall management of the company, including funding, sales and planning.

Maskina was acquired by Norwegian Viva Technologies in June 2003.


June 2000 –
May 2001
Maskina – Chief Technology Officer
Founded and kick-started international mobile application company Maskina. Responsible for overall strategy, hiring key personnel, forming the company’s software department and setting up processes. Was heavily involved in the company’s funding process.

Moved to the position of Chief Software Architect in May 2001 as the company grew.


Jan. 1999 –
May 2000
Gagarin – Project manager, R&D
Served as project manager after Lon&Don’s merger with multimedia company Gagarin. Oversaw several large development and consultancy projects and was responsible for all R&D projects within the company.

Sold the share in May 2000 and left to found Maskina.


Sept. 1997 –
Oct. 1999
PC World Iceland / Tölvuheimur – Contributing Editor
Journalist and contributing editor. Author of numerous articles, subjects ranging from local IT industry news and analysis to emerging technologies. Participated in editorial work and translated material from other IDG (PC World’s publisher) publications. Co-editor of a daily webzine for over a year. Translated numerous articles and three “teach-yourself” books from English and Danish.

Dec. 1996 –
Dec. 1998
Lon & Don – CEO
Founded game development company Lon&Don with three friends. Led development and oversaw business relations. Developed hugely popular puzzle and educational games for the Icelandic market.

Lon&Don merged with multimedia company Gagarin in January 1999.



Articles and Book Chapters (last updated March 2004)

Hjalmar Gislason – BYTE.COM,
February 2004
Reykjavik:
Fiber to Every Home

Hjalmar Gislason – Broadband
Home Central, December 2003
Fiber
To Every Home In Reykjavik

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), December 2003
“Ljósleiðaravætt
samfélag – hvað er svona merkilegt við það?”
(“A Fiber -Enabled Society – what’s the big deal?”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), November 2003
“Gömlu gögnin gleymast
fljótt” (“Long Time Data Storage”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), October 2003
“Blogglandið Ísland”
(“Iceland: Where Everybody Has a Blog”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), June 2000, pp. 50-55
“Ísland: Stafræn
Stóriðja?” (“Iceland: Heavy IT Industry?”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), January 2000, pp. 22-23
“Vaxtarbroddar: CCP” (“On
the Rise: CCP”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), December 1999
“Vaxtarbroddar: SALT Systems”
(“On the Rise: SALT Systems”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), December 1999
“Jeff Pulver: Samskiptagúru
til samskiptaeyju” (“Jeff Pulver: A Communication Guru
Visits A Communication Island”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), December 1999
“LEGO vélmenni úr
smiðju MIT” (“MIT and LEGO Team Up on Robots”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), November 1999, pp. 22-23
“Netið færist nær”
(“The Net Closes In”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), November 1999, p. 58
“Vaxtarbroddar: Innn ehf.”
(“On the Rise: Innn”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), October 1999
“Vaxtarbroddar: Smartkort”
(“On the Rise: Smartkort”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), October 1999
“iPulse frá OZ.COM”
(“OZ.COM’s iPulse”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), September 1999
“Vaxtarbroddar: ONNO” (“On
the Rise: ONNO”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), September 1999
“Á ofsahraða: Fjarskiptamarkaðurinn”
(“At the Speed of Light: A Look at the Icelandic Telecom
Market”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), June 1999, pp. 32-33
“Tölvur og Netið á
ferð og flugi” (“Access the Net Anywhere”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), May 1999, pp. 56-57
“Jakob Nielsen: Vefsmíðar
101” (“Jakob Nielsen: Weaving the Web 101”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), May 1999, p. 12
“Leitaðu á Vefnum”
(“Searching the Web”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), April 1999, p. 14
“Árið 2000: Síðustu
forvöð” (“Y2K is Coming: Action points”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), December 1998, pp. 26-27
“Langbestu verslunarvefirnir!!!”
(“The Best Shopping Sites”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), November 1998, pp. 54-55
“Verðbréfabrask –
heima í stofu!” (“Stock Trading on the Internet”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), October 1998, pp. 56-57
“Kímnigáfa tölvutöffara”
(“Nerds’ Wierd Sense of Humor”)

Hjalmar Gislason, Margret
Dora Ragnarsdottir – Tölvuheimur (PC World Iceland), September
1998, pp. 54-57
“Á sauðskinnsskóm
á upplýsingaöld” (“Old Thinking in
the Information Age”)

Hjalmar Gislason, Margret
Dora Ragnarsdottir – Tölvuheimur (PC World Iceland), July/August
1998, pp. 54-56
“Hegðun og framkoma netverja
101” (“Net Ethics 101”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), June 1998, pp. 52-53
“Þú getur gert það
hvar sem er!” (“You Can Do it Anywhere!”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World Iceland), May 1998, pp. 36-37
“Lærðu að kaupa
á Netinu” (“How to Shop on the Internet”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World – Iceland), April 1998, p. 36
“Babelsturninn hinn nýji”
(“The New Tower of Babel”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World – Iceland), March 1998
“Græjur” (“Gadgets”)

Hjalmar Gislason, Margret
Dora Ragnarsdottir – Tölvuheimur (PC World – Iceland), January/February
1998
“Persónuupplýsingar”
(“On-line Personal Information”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Flögð
og fögur skinn, art.is 1998, pp. 319-322
“Vélmennin á elliheimilinu
Grund” (“The Cyborgs at the Retirement Home”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World – Iceland), December 1997
“Sýndarlíf”
(“An Introduction to A-life”)

Hjalmar Gislason – Tölvuheimur
(PC World – Iceland), November 1997, p. 41
“Algjör óreiða
– eða hvað?” (“Total Chaos – or What?”)


Presentations (last updated in November 2004)

Digital
Reykjavik Conference

November 2003
The Fiber Connected Society – what
is the big deal? [Slides:
PDF (2.6MB)]

Islandssimi’s
WAP Conference

January 2001

Wireless entertainment and the possibilities of
location based technologies

Pulver.com’s
Presence and Instant Messaging Fall 2000,
November 2000
Location and gaming - possibilities,
obstacles and the future [Slides:
PPT (770k)]


In the Media (last updated March 2004)

Utvarp Saga -> Talstöðin -> NFS (local radio and TV stations)
January 2004 –
“Þriðjudagstæknin” (“Technology on Tuesday”). A weekly talk on emerging technologies and IT news.
Utvarp Saga (local radio station)
– January 2004 – June 2005
“Þriðjudagstæknin” (“Technology
on Tuesday”). A by-weekly talk on emerging technologies and
IT news.

ATV.IS (local IT news) – November
29, 2003
“Digital Reykjavik: Fjórða veitan
– stafræn gagnaveita inn á hvert heimili”
(“Digital Reykjavik: The Fourth Element – a data connection
to every home” )

Ísland í
bítið – Stöð 2 (Good Morning Iceland – Channel
2) Interview, November 10, 2003
“Svik og prettir á Netinu” (“Scams
and hoaxes on the Internet” )

Tölvuheimur (PC World
Iceland) Interview, October 2001
“Hlutverk farsíma að
breytast ” (“Cell phones: Not Just Talk Anymore”)

Tölvuheimur (PC World
Iceland) Interview, November 1998, pp. 20-23
“Ég vil enga aumingja
í mitt lið!” (“I don’t want any sissies on
my team!”)

News Broadcast Interview
– The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, April? 1998
“Persónuupplýsingar
á Vefnum” (“On-line Privacy”)

Punktur.is Interview –
Icelandic Channel 2 TV, September? 1997
“Leikjaframleiðandinn Lon
& Don” (“Computer Game Company Lon & Don”)

News Broadcast Interview
– The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service, June? 1997
“Leikjapakki Lon & Don”
(“Icelandic Computer Games from Lon & Don”)


Other

  • Judge in the annual Icelandic Youth Innovation Competition since
    2000
  • Completed a 2 week course on Digital Rights Management in 2001
  • Completed a 8 week course in screenwriting in 1999
  • Completed a 2 week course on IT Project Management in 1999

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