When I was 20 years old I moved from Iceland to Freiburg, Germany to study the German language for a year. Did you know that I can translate poems from the middle ages to modern German!?
It had been my dream to study architecture since I was 11 years old (it was my first vision!) and at 21 that dream became a reality when I started my studies at the Technical University in Karlsruhe, Germany.
I loved studying architecture, it was the perfect combination of art and science that I craved. However, I realised halfway through my studies that I didn't like working as an architect but still finished my studies. My final thesis was a 3D multiuser world.
I felt drawn to virtual worlds and the Internet so I continued with computer-aided architectural design at ETHZ in Switzerland. I loved this new world so much that I decided to study computer science when I moved back to Iceland and started working in an IT company.
In 2004, at the age of 33, I suddenly became a CEO after I made a life-changing phone call. And I found my zone of genius in turnarounds, mergers and fast growth of small businesses. In only 11 months I turned around a company that had been in the red for 7 years.
I had finally found what I was meant to do, so I convinced the board to support me to do an Executive MBA at London Business School in the United Kingdom.
In 2013 I took various online courses to add online marketing to my expertise and start on this wonderful journey of a location-independent online business.