We develop our new ventures in-house all through our rigorous proof-of-concepts phase and pair them up with entrepreneurial teams and capital as they get ready to enter growth phase. Occasionally we invest in outside ventures and do what it takes to help our portfolio companies overcome the obstacles between vision and reality.
Kjartan Olafsson is an entrepreneur and angel investor with one foot in New York and the other in Reykjavik, Iceland. Kjartan is the founder and CEO of Volta and the founder of companies like Basno, a digital certification platform, and BlockSign, a blockchain-service for legally signing documents and smart contracting.
Kjartan is an investor with a seat on the board of directors at a handful of startups and tech companies as well as serving on the investment committee of Brunnur VC Fund. In addition to his commercial endeavors, Kjartan has served on the board of multiple non-profits including Reykjavik Arts Festival, Harpa Concert Hall, American Scandinavian Foundation and UNICEF in Iceland.
Previously Kjartan served as the Director of Business Development for the international media company Bertelsmann Inc. in New York and worked closely with Bertelsmann portfolio companies in the U.S. and U.K. on various digital media initiatives; including SonyBMG Music, Random House, and Fremantle Media.
Kjartan studied philosophy and logic in Iceland and Italy, and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.
Asta Sollilja Gudmundsdottir is Volta’s CFO.
Before joining Volta Asta made her career in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, first as a Project Leader at Decode Genetics Inc. and later as a Project Manager at Actavis Group PTC ehf.
Asta has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a Master of Science degree in immunology from the University of Iceland, a CSS in Management and Administration from Harvard University, and an MBA-degree from Reykjavik University.
Asta serves as chairman of the board of directors at Laki Power ehf, an Icelandic research and development company focusing on eco-friendly power solutions, Listaverkasafn Valtys Peturssonar a private art foundation, and RUMBA, the alumni association for the Reykjavik University MBA program.