We spoke with Lasse about his interest in the intersection between technology and business risk.
- As an engineer – why do you find this interesting from a business perspective? “We live in a time where technologies that were previously thought of as “science fiction” are becoming readily available. Artificial intelligence, robotics, large-scale connectivity, 3D printing, genomic sequencing and nanotechnology are all technologies ready to make the leap from the laboratories and into the real world. I find it fascinating to see companies grow using these new opportunities as levers.”
- What are the biggest challenges for clients in this area as you see it? “Emerging technologies have always carried a certain amount of business risk with them. However, every so often, a number of critical technologies emerge at the same time. In the late 1700s, this pattern became known as the Industrial Revolution. Today, we seem to be heading into what has been coined Industry 4.0. Companies and leaders that are able to capitalize on these new opportunities will flourish while others will be left behind.”
- Where and how did you last make an impact in the field? “Having previously worked as a student strategy analyst at a medium-sized, Danish nanotechnology firm, I got the chance to experience at first hand the challenges of managing a high-tech company in an uncertain environment. Needing to decide on a future growth path, I assisted the team in making a strategic assessment of products and potential markets in order to enable solid grow with a minimum of present as well as future risk.”