Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Jorn Lyseggen, a serial entrepreneur and philanthropist, is the Founder & CEO of Meltwater. Launched in his home country of Norway in 2001 with just a $15,000 investment, Jorn and his team have grown the company to become a global leader in media intelligence. Today, Meltwater has more than 1,500 employees in 55 offices across six continents, with more than 30,000 clients worldwide.
Jorn released his first book, Outside Insight: Navigating a World Drowning in Data, in October 2017. The book describes the emergence of a new software category that will leverage insights gleaned from the vast amount of external information available on the web to transform corporate decision-making.
Given his experience as an entrepreneur, Jorn is committed to supporting the next generation of tech leaders. Based on the notion that talent is evenly distributed, though opportunity is not, Jorn founded the Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST) in 2008. Headquartered in Accra, Ghana–with a presence in South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Ivory Coast–MEST is a pan-African training program, seed fund and incubator for African tech entrepreneurs. In 2016, Jorn launched the world’s first data science hub, SHACK15, as a place where tomorrow’s leading data science startups can come together to meet, collaborate and innovate.
An avid reader of ancient history and Viking sagas, Jorn enjoys fishing for salmon in the Norwegian fjords near the town of Grong and the peace and quiet of Trysil, his hometown in Norway. Jorn played clarinet in several orchestras and competed at various levels for more than 15 years, recently reigniting his interest in music with the purchase of a saxophone. Today he is based between San Francisco and London.
A Norwegian entrepreneur and patent holder with four start-ups, Jorn has two trade sales and one IPO to his credit. The most rewarding aspect of Jorn’s career continues to be helping young people develop into confident and capable managers, which makes him proud of Meltwater and gives him continued motivation.
Jorn has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Bergen Ingeniorhogskole in Norway, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering with specialization in digital signal processing and artificial intelligence from Iowa State University, and training in entrepreneurship from Harvard Business School.