DEFINING THE NEW NORMAL
Erik Vasaasen - CTO for Okay
I had a pretty normal Norwegian upbringing, with my early years spent in a rural tree-laden farming community. Most of my adult life has been lived in Oslo, which came after completing my Computer Science studies in Halden. Immediately after I graduated, I started working in the industry and did so for 5 consecutive years. However, I quickly learned that I didn’t have much interest in large conglomerates or multinational corporations. It felt too bureaucratic and slow-moving for my taste. So I gradually made my way over to freelance. That way, I could control who I worked with, what I worked with, and how I could best utilize my free time.
Didrik Hegna - Head of Design for Crystallize
If I were to choose a spirit animal for myself, it would be a unicorn. I feel multi-talented, you know? My disciplines are magically diverse. You see, I have experience with visual arts and communication. But I also understand and can implement UI/UX design. Creatively, I know my way around a camera, but I also have a business mindset. I helped found Snowball, our sister design and growth marketing company, and I am a partner of New Normal Group. Every opportunity is just that, an opportunity. And I love the freedom to say "yes!" if it means learning, growing, and helping people make the best end-product.
Lene Aspen Nilsen - New Normal Group Partner & CFO, Chairman & Advisor for Origami Paperworks
I always knew I wanted to help people. Even from a young age, I saw myself in some sort of teacher-type role. I figured if I could make someone else’s life just a little bit better by helping them develop and grow, that I would be doing my part in building a better world. Fast forward to today, and although I didn’t end up a teacher, putting people first is still the most important part of my life. This is true whether they are clients, coworkers, or community members.
Jørgen Aas - Managing Director for Splæsh
Despite what my title says, I identify as a filmmaker. It is what has come to shape me. Define me. Challenge how I view the world. This wasn’t the case only in young adulthood, when I was training to be a professional in classical piano. Although my fingers touched keys and not cameras, this part of my life shaped my journey into film and undoubtedly impacted my filmmaking abilities.
Stefanos Lalic - Software Developer for Snowball Digital
The world of fantasy has always attracted me. Looking back on my past, I guess the fascination was curated during childhood. At that time, my family was always moving somewhere new. We started in Greece, then paced around Bosnia for some years until I finished high school. I even tried out Serbia during my undergrad. And there was one thing I could count on through it all: my video games and the connection they gave me to an endless number of fantasy worlds.
Fabien Ignaccolo - Chief Executive Officer for Okay
Although born and raised in France, I feel much more like a citizen of the world. I received my education in France and England. I have worked for French, German, Norwegian, British, and American companies, I have a half-English wife, with a father-in-law living in Norway, and my own family originating in Italy! Multiculturalism has been a part of my life since day one, whether it be the co-existence of diverse racial, religious and cultural groups or how it manifests into behaviors, assumptions, values, patterns of thinking, and communication styles. I cannot imagine where, or who, I would be today without such an international perspective.