Kristjan Kristjansson

Public Speaker, Small Business Owner, and Father in Cambridge, Massachusetts

Kristjan Kristjansson

Public Speaker, Small Business Owner, and Father in Cambridge, Massachusetts

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Kristján is CEO & Co-Founder of 50skills.com which is transforming the way businesses hire through referrals. Prior to 50skills, Kristjan was VP of Marketing Products at Meniga (2014-2017), which he helped grow into serving more than 50 million people in 20 countries. Before joining Meniga in early 2014 Kristján was CEO of Icelandic Startups, which focuses on empowering the Icelandic Entrepreneurial Eco-system. For several years, he has played a leading role in Iceland´s vibrant startup scene. He managed StartupReykjavik (2012-2013), the #1 Seed Accelerator in Iceland. He is also an accredited Global Facilitator for Startup Weekend (2009-), who has facilitated more than 10+ Startup weekends in diverse places, ranging from Reykjavík, Iceland to Tehran, Iran (2012-). He was the global partner for Global Entrepreneurship Week in Iceland (2009-2013), TEDxReykjavik licensee (2011-2013) and the former manager of Iceland’s largest idea competition, the Golden Egg (2009-2011).

Kristján is an experienced speaker, who has given dozens of keynotes on a variety of topics such as Entrepreneurship, Project Management and Business Models. He has also been involved in teaching Entrepreneurship courses (2010-) at the University of Iceland, Bifrost University and at the Reykjavík University.

Kristján also sits on the board in a number businesses in Iceland.

Kristján has founded three businesses. First, a small and an honest software failure in the contracting space, second a souvenir startup which sells volcanic ash from the Volcano Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland and thirdly 50skills.

Kristján has a Bachelor degree in Political Science with emphasis on economics and a master’s degree in Market

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  • Work
    • 50skills
  • Education
    • M.Sc. Marketing International Business
    • B.A. Political Science