Jonas Kjellberg

Sweden | Founder - Skype

Jonas Kjellberg

Sweden | Founder - Skype


Jonas Kjellberg is an engaging digital transformation speaker, co-creator of Skype, author, and investor. As co-creator of Skype, Kjellberg worked as Managing Director (equivalent to a CEO in the U.S.), helping generate 90 percent of their revenue stream. Currently, Kjellberg runs Gear Up Ventures, a company that focuses on implementing the innovation and entrepreneurship model set out in his book Gear Up. Kjellberg also lectures on the subjects of entrepreneurship and "How to Create a Winning Sales Culture" in his keynote talks and at Stanford University and the Stockholm School of Economics.

Full Keynote Speaker Bio:
Jonas Kjellberg is a co-creator of SKYPE and was its managing director from 2004-2007. A serial entrepreneur, he has served as CEO and founder of Campuz Mobile (acquired by Vodafone) and Optimal Telecom, (part of Tele2), and been vice president of Bertelsmann for Lycos Europe, CEO and partner of Wyatt Media Group, and head of the online business area for Investment AB Kinnevik. He also founded, which sold to Yahoo, and was Chairman of the board of iCloud, which sold to Apple.

When not running companies, Jonas lectures at Stanford University and Stockholm School of Economics on the topics of entrepreneurship and how to create a winning sales culture.

Jonas talks focus on how product, sales, and profitability must interact in order to create a successful business. Organisations today face new demands as customer satisfaction is becoming more and more transparent with users increasingly sharing their experiences.

When not lecturing, Jonas is an avid investor and coaches entrepreneurs through BCG Digital Ventures, a corporate investment and incubation firm, and his company Gear Up Ventures, which implements the innovation and entrepreneurship model set out in his book Gear Up.

In addition to co-authoring Gear Up: Test Your Business Potential and Plan Your Path to Success, he has co-authored Gear Up: Bring Business Opportunities to Life and Business Creation. He is currently working on two new books about Social and Creative Entrepreneurship.

Jonas has an MBA from Uppsala University and an engineering degree from the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm.

All sessions by Jonas Kjellberg

GEC 2019: Plenary

16 Apr 2019
08:45 - 10:50