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About Unacast

The trusted foundation for all location data-driven decisions

We’re building a future where precise and verified human mobility data helps organizations do well and do good. From driving business strategies to tracking infectious diseases, we align to the goals of our clients for the shared benefit of our global community.

After founding the music streaming service TIDAL (acquired by Jay-Z in 2014), Thomas Walle and Kjartan Slette wanted to understand where users went to concerts to create better playlists and recommendations. They realized there were no such insights available — or insights of how people move around in the world in general.

If a music streaming service out of Norway needed such data to build better products, there must be multiple companies in multiple industries in need for the same insights. The task to build the Real World Graph — and Unacast was born.

Leadership

Thomas Walle
CEO & Co-Founder

As a seasoned sales and go-to-market professional, Thomas´s expertise and track record lies in building complex partnership ecosystems on a global level and running sales and account management teams in the enterprise and consumer markets.Before he founded Unacast, Thomas spearheaded the business development and partnership department at streaming music service TIDAL. Tidal, which launched globally as the first HiFi lossless global streaming service, was later acquired by Jay Z. Under Thomas’ leadership, the department grew paying users by 10x, launched in multiple countries, and negotiated distribution deals with some of the world's largest mobile operators, cable-TV providers and media companies.Prior to entering the music space, Thomas spent several years at PwC in corporate finance, supporting investors with due diligence projects related to M&A.Thomas, once named among the Top 100 Young Leaders in Norway, holds a BS in Business and Communication from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and the University of Southern California.

Kjartan Slette
COO & Co-Founder

As an experienced negotiator and strategist, Kjartan is skilled at building high-performing teams that execute and excel in complex industries.Kjartan is motivated by launching global products that fundamentally change industries. He was part of the founding team at TIDAL where he was responsible for all contract negotiations with music labels and rights holders. In this capacity, Kjartan secured the necessary licenses for TIDAL to launch globally, while managing a vast amount of partners in an economically complex contractual framework.Previously, Kjartan launched RADR Music News, a VEVO/YouTube competitor that brings fully licensed ad-fuelled music videos to publishers. To foster innovation in the music industry, Kjartan co-founded MashUP, an innovation hub within music and technology.Educated at the Copenhagen Business School, Kjartan was named a Top 100 Young Leader in Norway.

Frode Bjerke
CTO

As the CTO at Unacast, Frode manages the overall Technology and Product strategy, always looking to create and deliver purposeful products from data assets.Frode combines product vision with technical expertise and a pragmatic approach to continuously drive improvement, innovation and completeness to the Unacast product portfolio. He is a long serving member of the Unacast team and has been central in the development of Unacast current products. In addition to the CTO role, Frode directly leads the development of Unacast’s platform product.Before joining Unacast Frode was at Bekk Consulting where he mainly worked in the financial sector on API and data engineering related project both as a leader and as a contributor. In San Francisco, he lead the development of a comprehensive product search feature in the location based retail app, ShopSync. Frode is educated in Computer Science at the University of Oslo.

Linn Jordet Nygaard
VP Data Science

Linn is the VP of Data Science at Unacast. As an experienced data professional her expertise lies in organising and extracting value from various raw datasources. At Unacast she works with development and quality control of our products in addition to providing insights about our operations and pipelines to the company.Before joining Unacast Linn worked at BearingPoint in Oslo where she for more than ten years led various client projects within Data Warehousing, Business Intelligence and Machine Learning.She holds a MSc in Industrial Engineering and Technology Management from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).‍

Tomas Jansson
VP Software Engineering

Tomas is the VP of Engineering at Unacast. With his extensive experience from system development and architecture his expertise lies in enabling teams to find feasible solutions to complex problems.Before joining Unacast Tomas worked as a consultant for more than a decade and most recently at BEKK in Oslo where he was Practice Lead for .NET. As a consultant, Tomas has been working as a developer, architect, team lead and advisor for many large-scale projects in Norway and Sweden. He has been very active in the tech community in Oslo with user groups and presentations in Norway and abroad and because of this, he has been awarded Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for 5 years.He holds a MSc in Computer Science and Engineering specialized in Applied Mathematics and Algorithms from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden, as well as extra courses in business administration and economics.

Adam Slackman
VP Sales

Adam is VP of Sales at Unacast where he oversees the commercial teams including Sales, Marketing, Client Success, and Insights & Analytics. In this role he is responsible for global revenue and strategically guiding the team to identify new verticals and growth areas. Prior to joining Uncast, Adam spent 20+ years building teams and selling data driven solutions at both early stage start-ups and large multinational organizations. Well-versed in raising capital, M&A and navigating complex global enterprises, Adam prides himself in developing long-term client relationships and nurturing talent. Most recently, he was the Vice President of Retail & Commerce at Mastercard where he brought game-changing products to market - significantly scaling teams and revenue. Having worked across 6 continents, including living in north Asia, Adam brings a forward-thinking global business perspective and highly analytical approach to Unacast. Adam holds a BA in Sociology from University at Albany.

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Meet the Team

Eric Hynes
Director of Client Success

Eric began his career in the agency world of TV advertising until moving over to the Client Success team at Unacast. When Eric isn't watching soccer or playing golf, he's traveling the world in search for the next best meal and adding to his neverending list of recipes.

Frode Bjerke
CTO

Frode is a technologist with a broad set of experiences for his young age. He studied Computer Science at University of Oslo and has since 2013 worked in San Francisco, New York, and Oslo across five industries, proudly he boasts having made mistakes in all of them. Stepping down from the Olympic chase in the odd sport of Curling three years ago, Frode now tries to figure out what to do with his new found spare time.

Adam Slackman
VP of Sales

In his career, Adam has led teams at companies ranging from early-stage startups to large corporations. He loves to focus on teamwork across Unacast to build best in class location insight products. When he’s not at work, you can find him hunting for street art all over the world and sharing it with his 250K+ followers through his Facebook page "Street Art and Friends."

Colin Nattrass
Data Engineer

Colin joined Unacast as a Data Engineer after working in data-related roles at both Nets, a Nordic payment infrastructure and services provider, and HSBC. His professional interests lie in building big data pipelines and analytical models — used to better understand our world (and ideally translating to better processes, or new products). Outside of work, Colin enjoys spending time in nature — hiking with his girlfriend and dogs, and trying not to injure himself skiing.

Conner Pate
Insights & Analytics Engineer

Most recently Conner worked developing solutions for clients working with big data, specializing in the retail vertical. His favorite part of working with data is discovering unexpected insights. In his spare time, he enjoys collecting and growing bonsai trees - his oldest is over 100 years old!

Eirik Buer Henriksveen
Account Manager

Eirik studied business at BI Norwegian Business School and partly abroad before stepping into the startup world and joined fulltime at Unacast. He is very interested in music so most of his spare time is used to play cornet in a brass band or discovering new music.

Eldridge Chan
Sales Development Representative

Eldridge is a passionate sales and technology professional who began his sales career at Thomson Reuters working with corporate attorneys across the country implement various legal solutions, technology, and resources to help streamline their department needs. Before that, he worked as a staffer at the U.S. House of Representatives. Eldridge is a big New York Yankees fan and looks forward to going to games during the baseball season, especially when the weather is nice.

Hans Olav Hilson
Data Scientist

Hans Olav joined Unacast after two years at BearingPoint as a consultant. Prior to that, he earned his degree in Industrial Economics at NTNU, while also assisting students in building racecars and co-running a small company. He enjoys spending his spare time either on the golf course, at the theatre doing improv or dusting off his piano skills, and is an avid skier.

Jarle Fosen
Software Engineer

Jarle loves all things tech, from software to hardware. He enjoys mostly working on backend software with less colors and shapes, but has experience building web and mobile apps as well. Jarle is easily fascinated by most things, and is definitely one to have a lunch with if you want to discuss everything from slippery ice to the vaccuum of space.

Jarno Vanto
Chief Privacy Officer

Jarno advises Unacast on all things privacy. His career specifically focuses on privacy and data security law, corporate law, and data licensing. Jarno has published several articles and contributed to multiple books on international privacy regulations.

John Bobis
Growth Marketing Manager

John is a digital and marketing savant with a background in building and developing marketing departments for several high growth international startups. John is originally from California and in his free time he enjoys taking long hikes in the mountains with his dog, staying up way too late on his PS4, and eating copious amounts of Mexican food.

John Smith
Data Partnerships

John is a seasoned startup professional with a track record of forging partnerships to grow emerging technology companies. When he's not out hunting data, you can find him snowboarding down a volacano, relaxing at a jazz club, or biking across a remote island with his wife, Jordana.

Jon Torre
Sr. Sales Director

Jonathan grew up in Connecticut, starting his sales career in financial services. He always enjoyed figuring out how to help correct business inefficiencies, and finds that selling technology provides a unique view into another company's process - as such, his transition into tech sales was a natural next step. In his free time, Jonathan enjoys playing tennis, binge watching Law and Order and hanging out with my wife and dog, George. Despite his last name, Jonathan is a diehard Mets fan!

Jose Vazquez
Client Success Manager

Jose has a varied career in the digital space. From helping SMB's with web design services to working at Taboola with some of the largest publishers in the world, to most recently working at Placed helping measure in store visitation. He is extremely excited to make the switch to the data side and join Unacast as a CSM. A born and raised New Yorker from the Bronx, Jose is a Yankees, Jets and NYCFC fan.

Julie Kirkhus
Software Engineer

Julie joined Unacast as a Software Engineer. She graduated from NTNU in 2016 and worked at CapGemini before coming onboard. Julie is a front-end wizard, and is also very present in the demo scene in Norway. She’s also at level 24 in Pokemon Go.

Andreas Olsen
Director of Business Development

Andreas is an engineer with a masters degree from NTNU School of Entrepreneurship. Previously he had a startup together with Martin Sahlen, Unacast's very first technical hire, before moving to media company Schibsted and becoming the CEO of Newmark Capital, which was one of the first investors in Unacast. When he isn't working he is the only athlete on the Madagascan Cross Country ski team, and he represented Madagascar during the World Ski Championship in 2019!

Kelly Carvalho-Lewis
Head of Marketing

Kelly’s entire career has focused on how humans use physical space. Doing marketing for architects and urban designers gave her a lifelong passion for sustainability and urbanism, and this experience helped her make the cross-industry leap to tech for the built environment. Her hobbies include eating a delicious meal while having a conversation about a different delicious meal, plotting the next adventure with her wife.

Kjartan Slette
Co-Founder + COO

Kjartan is one of the two founders of Unacast. Previous to Unacast, Kjartan was part of the founding team at TIDAL, acquired by Jay-Z in 2015. He grew up admiring his dad's vinyl collection and always wanted work with music. As the music industry became a tech industry, Kjartan carried on down the path of building global tech companies. Plus, he's a dedicated dad!

Kristine Ivarsøy
Senior Data Engineer

Kristine is a business intelligence consultant turned data scientist and she likes to work with all kinds of data stuff like processing, quality and analysis. She is from and lives in Oslo, but loves travels to Japan, France and Mexico. Or to just stay at home with a good book or knitting.

Lauren Spinazze
Client Success Director

Lauren joined Unacast after spending the last few years in the commercial real estate research space. She recently relocated to New York from Southern California and in her free time she enjoys playing basketball, learning to code, and spending time with her dog Mozart.

Linda de la Fonteijne
Marketing Manager

Linda works as the Marketing Manager for Unacast. Prior to joining the company, she worked for a non-profit in NYC, assisting with conference hosting and marketing efforts. Linda is also an accomplished actress, and has lived on both coasts of the US.

Linn Jordet Nygaard
VP of Data Science

Linn studied industrial engineering and was an IT consultant for eleven years before she was swept away by charming Unacast. Much like other data people she loves structure and tidyness. Outside work she loves to dance jazz ballett, learn new yoga poses or shoot portraits of friends and family. Originally from the countryside in Norway she enjoys travelling very much and has lived in Copenhagen, Cape Town, Busan and London before returning to wonderful Oslo.

Madeline Ngo
Head of Insights + Analytics

After spending the first half of her career in fashion, Madeline turned her eyes to the tech sector. Madeline worked in Business Intelligence + Analytics at a marketing tech startup before joining Unacast's Solutions team. Her favorite hobbies include fiction novels and solo traveling.

Marko Petkovic
Data Scientist

Marko started his career as a bioinformatician and later took his skills to the airline industry where he had an opportunity to build various predictive models. He enjoys exploring and getting lost in new datasets. Recently, he has started spending most of his free time climbing with his girlfriend.

Mathilde Kirkhus
Software Engineer

Mathilde was enjoying endless amounts of baguette, red wine and cheese, during her studies in France, when she was finally introduced to the world of programming. She abandoned her original plan of discovering new particles at CERN for the benefit of working with algorithms and awesome people in Oslo. In her spare time she tries her best to become a decent ballet dancer and loves to read about quantum mechanics which she so desperately wants to understand.

Nikola Glusac
Data Scientist

Before diving into data, Nikola worked in the oil industry, which took him all over the world, from Russia to Copenhagen to Houston. When he isn't working he enjoys walks a lot - as in 4000 km/year a lot, long distance open water swimming and baking. He might even bake you muffins, pancakes, or crepes, but you'll have to prepare for some bragging about how good of baker he is first.

Nikola Ilić
Data Analyst

Nikola's background is working with POS data for retailers and banks. Outside of work he enjoys cooking with his wife, preparing new dishes at home, and when traveling to try as many local specialties as possible. His favorite pasttime while commuting is scrolling though reddit posts on r/Futurism and maps.

Ole Christian Langfjæran
Senior Software Engineer

Ole Christian joins Unacast after spending the last 12 years as a consultant and developer at BEKK. As his main occupation he is a dad to two boys, ages 2 and 5, whose main occupation is annoying each other all the way to insanity. Before having a main occupation, and no spare time, he used to fill his spare hours with judo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Omar Senior
Solutions Engineer

Omar laid the ground work for his tech career at Syracuse University (Go Orange!) and continued his passion for technology by pursuing a masters degree in Data Analytics at CUNY Baruch. Omar is a lifelong Knicks fan, a very humbling experience. He also enjoys listening to Jay-Z, watching anime, and eating Jamaican food. But what excites him the most is spending time with his beautiful wife and their new baby boy!

Richie Doyen
Sr. Sales Director

Richie spent the first 9 years of his career in the US Marine Corps before transitioning into the corporate sector as a Relationship Manager with Dun & Bradstreet. He loves to golf, play basketball, and spend time with his girlfriend and two rescue pit bulls,Tony and Maia. Richie also takes time to volunteer with multiple veteran and dog rescue organizations.

Sruthi Subramanyam
Software Engineer

Sruthi spent 4 years at Oracle and AWS in India before moving to Norway and joining Unacast. She holds an MSc in Technology from the Birla Institute Of Technology and Science. Quite the adventure seeker, if she had a week to visit anywhere in the world she would visit Andaman and Nicobar, islands that have it all…beautiful oceans with corals, fun aquariums, nature and beaches, adventurous trips to tribal safaris, limestone caves and volcanoes!

Tesh Patel
Sales Director

Tesh is a sales director with a background in fashion, working in both sales and product roles for companies such as Urban and the NFL. When he’s not working, Tesh enjoys taking data science courses, collecting useless trivia, and going to watch his favorite bands live, like Mike Snow and Nine Inch Nails.

Thomas Walle
Co-Founder and CEO

Prior to starting Unacast, Thomas was a founding member of TIDAL, the music streaming service later acquired by Jay-Z. He thrives in new and growing industries where boundaries have not yet been defined. When he isn't working, Thomas loves spending time with his wife and two children in Connecticut.

Tomas Jansson
VP of Software Engineering

Tomas joined Unacast after 11 years at four different consultancy firms in the Nordics. His joy for programming, especially the functional kind, has made Tomas a well-known figure in the Norwegian software community, more specifically the .NET community where he has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional since 2015. Before a serious knee injury, Tomas was also a floorball player in the highest division in Norway, but now focus is first on family and then trying to learn to play golf.

Tor Åge Ballo
Director of Software Engineering

Tor Åge joins Unacast after spending most of his professional career at Skatteetaten, Norway's IRS, where he was a developer and architect. He lives in Oslo with his soon-to-be wife and two kids. In his youth, when he had free time, he played in multiple bands and nowadays he enjoys snowboarding, skateboarding, weight lifting, running, soccer, and any form of sports involving a ball.

Torbjørn Vatn
Software Engineer

Torbjørn is experienced IT consultant turned startup hacker. Loves tinkering with all things technical and is a big functional programming advocate. He ride his cargo bike everywhere all year round, even to the ski slopes right by his house. Torbjørn means Thunder Bear in Norwegian.

Kate Kuzmina
Data Scientist

Kate is a data scientist, who is originally from Far East Russia. She holds a PhD in Clinical Neuropsychology from the University of Hong Kong, where she focused her studies on aphasia. In her free time you can find her with friends playing in quiz games organized within the Russian community in Oslo, taking data science related online courses and enjoying all types of outdoor activities and even learning krav maga!

Benjamin Thürer
Data Scientist

Benjamin is a former neuroscientist who now fulfills his passion for data science at Unacast. He is a dedicated father and moved together with his family from Germany to Oslo. In his free time, you probably find Benjamin running in the forests around Oslo.

Jeffrey Cichon
Sales Director

Jeffrey joined Unacast with a background working in various technology verticals including SaaS, AI / Machine Learning, Predictive Analytics, and Big Data. Jeffrey recently was the Director of Sales at SiteZeus, an AI Machine learning platform for the Real Estate Industry. Outside of work, Jeffrey has a passion for playing the piano, guitar, Ducati motorcycles, and the NY Yankees!

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Board

Lylan Masterman

An experienced former Software Engineer and Product Manager, Lylan leverages his experience in leading technology teams as a General Partner at White Star Capital.In 2004 he joined the Atlas division of aQuantive to help lead the company’s rich media advertising platform, targeting product, user experience and internationalization; three years later the company was acquired by Microsoft for $6.2bn. Lylan has also led product organizations for four early-stage companies, worked as an engineer on WebTV at Microsoft and a technology evangelist at Microsoft Research, and was a member of the product team for the first version of VisualStudio.NET.Lylan is a Kauffman Fellow (class 19) and holds a degree in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo and an MBA from Kellogg School of Management. He’s lived in Canada, both east and west coasts of the US, and now calls New York his home.

Patrick Sandahl

Patrick Sandahl has extensive investment and transaction experience after almost 20 years as CEO of an investment company, venture capitalist and investment banker.He came to Investinor after co-founding Cidron Ventures. Prior to Cidron, Patrick was a Director at Nordea Investment Banking with a focus on M&A transactions, rights issues and IPOs. Before joining Nordea, he had the role of CEO at Dyvi Capital, a family office investing in private companies, undervalued listed companies, private equity funds and hedge funds. Prior to Dyvi, Patrick spent7 years as a Partner at Telenor Venture focusing on investments in Nordic technology companies and he had positions at Telenor and The Municipality of Oslo.He has extensive board experience from public and private companies in Scandinavia. Patrick holds a Law degree from the University of Oslo.

Lars Boilesen

Mr. Lars Boilesen is the Chief Executive Officer at Otello Corporation ASA, a position he has held since 2010. Mr. Boilesen has extensive experience in the software and tech industry and has held executive positions in various corporations prior to his joining Opera. He was Executive Vice President of Sales & Distribution at Opera Software ASA from 2000 to 2005, and served on the Board of Directors of Opera Software ASA from 2007 to 2009.From 2005-2008 he was Chief Executive Officer for the Nordic and Baltic Region at Alcatel-Lucent. Mr. Boilesen started his career in the LEGO Group as Sales and Marketing Manager for Eastern Europe. After that, he headed the Northern Europe and Asia Pacific markets for Tandberg Data. He has been on the Board of Directors of Aspiro AB since May 2009 and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors at Cobuilder AS.Mr. Boilesen holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Economics from Aarhus Business School, and postgraduate diploma from Kolding Business School.

Thomas Walle
CEO & Co-Founder

As a seasoned sales and go-to-market professional, Thomas´s expertise and track record lies in building complex partnership ecosystems on a global level and running sales and account management teams in the enterprise and consumer markets.Before he founded Unacast, Thomas spearheaded the business development and partnership department at streaming music service TIDAL. Tidal, which launched globally as the first HiFi lossless global streaming service, was later acquired by Jay Z. Under Thomas’ leadership, the department grew paying users by 10x, launched in multiple countries, and negotiated distribution deals with some of the world's largest mobile operators, cable-TV providers and media companies.Prior to entering the music space, Thomas spent several years at PwC in corporate finance, supporting investors with due diligence projects related to M&A.Thomas, once named among the Top 100 Young Leaders in Norway, holds a BS in Business and Communication from Copenhagen Business School, Denmark and the University of Southern California.

Kjartan Slette
COO & Co-Founder

As an experienced negotiator and strategist, Kjartan is skilled at building high-performing teams that execute and excel in complex industries.Kjartan is motivated by launching global products that fundamentally change industries. He was part of the founding team at TIDAL where he was responsible for all contract negotiations with music labels and rights holders. In this capacity, Kjartan secured the necessary licenses for TIDAL to launch globally, while managing a vast amount of partners in an economically complex contractual framework.Previously, Kjartan launched RADR Music News, a VEVO/YouTube competitor that brings fully licensed ad-fuelled music videos to publishers. To foster innovation in the music industry, Kjartan co-founded MashUP, an innovation hub within music and technology.Educated at the Copenhagen Business School, Kjartan was named a Top 100 Young Leader in Norway.

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Unacast Raises $17.5 Million to Expand its Location Data Products across New Industries and into the European Market

Company will continue to empower businesses to make smarter decisions by providing unprecedented access to human activity through the Real World Graph®

Investors

United States

White Star Capital is an early-stage Venture Capital firm that invests in exceptional entrepreneurs building ambitious, data-driven businesses. Based out of London, New York, Montreal, Paris and Tokyo our international presence, perspective and people enable us to partner closely with our Founders to help them scale internationally from Series A onwards.

Norway

Investinor is an evergreen venture investment company, investing in promising technology companies that are aiming for international growth and expansion. Investinor, with USD$525 million under management, is funded by the Norwegian government and syndicates all investments with other venture investors.

Sweden

21,000 talented colleagues serve millions of customers every day. As a hub in the digital ecosystem, Telia’s strong connectivity base empowers people, companies, and cultures to stay in touch with everything that matters. Headquartered in Stockholm, Telia is changing the industry and bringing the world ever closer to customers.

Finland

OpenOcean partners with software entrepreneurs to build global winners. They like companies with large user-bases that disrupt existing markets; handle large amounts of data; crack serious technical challenges and sell their products to other businesses.