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I run my own consulting business/public speaking business, JazzCode Inc. from Boston, MA and Oslo, Norway.

Biography

I run JazzCode, Inc. out of Oslo, Norway and Boston, MA, teaching teams how to communicate more efficiently. In Norway and Sweden I runworkshops showing what business can learn from jazz.

As a presenter receive very high rankings. workshops showing what business can learn from jazz.


I lived in the US between 1980-1991 and 1999-2003. I have a Master of Music in jazz from Manhattan School of Music and a Master in Business from Columbia University.

Spent almost ten years as a professional drummer and programmer in New York and Oslo.

I spent four years working as a management consultant for IBM (e-business strategy) and one year as Senior Vice Presiden in charge of marketing and online sales for Norwegian Air Shuttle, a local low cost carrier in Norway (I was also in the core team that took the company public in 2003 -- I created the investor presentation used for the roadshow in London and Frankfurt 2003).

During my five years tenure with StudentUniverse I have gained special experience negotiating online distribution deals (Yahoo, American Airlines, Travelocity, CheapTickets, Telenor, Narvesen, Aller Digitale Medier), building a company from zero to 80 employees, and in raising money from investors ($25M without i-bankers!). Experienced in PR and media contact, plus as a presenter.

I now present world wide for a corporate clients (McKinsey, IBM, Krafts Food, Oracle, Cap Gemini -- see www.carlstormer.com/jazz/references.html) and prestigious business schools (Insead, London Business School). Have also taught at different conservatories in Norway. I live in Oslo Norway with a wife and two kids.

DISCLAIMER. I have no equity in any of the companies I write about in this blog. The views expressed are my personal views, and should not in any way be considered the views of any other organizations or individuals.

WORK EXPERIENCE:
2007- present: Principal, JazzCode, Inc. Professional speaker.
2004-2006: VP Bus. Dev. Europe, StudentUniverse, Inc.
2003-2004 SVP Marketing/Markedsdirektør, Norwegian Air Shuttle
1999-03 EVP/Founder, StudentUniverse, Inc.
1995-99 Sr. Consultant, IBM Consulting Group
1991-95 Drummer with "The Real Thing"
1987-91 Database consultant Weill, Gotchal & Manges, New York
1978-80 Drummer with dif. bands, Oslo, Norway
1976-77 Army Service with Royal Guards Orch. Norway

EDUCATION
MFA Arts Admin. Columbia University 87
MM Manhattan School of Music 85 (GPA 3.4)
BM New England Conservatory 83 (GPA 3.8)
Forberedende Univ. Oslo 79 (grade 2.1)
Realartium Forsøksgymnaset i Oslo 76
Steinerskolen i Oslo 73

ADDITIONAL TRAINING
Aschehougs Forfatterskole
Writing classes at Harvard University 2003
Executive training at IBM (Consulting, Project mngt etc)
Tillitsmannsopplæring, LO
Private lessons with Alan Dawson, Jon Christensen, Gary Chaffe, Gary Chester and Miroslav Vitous.

OTHER
Fluent English Norwegian
Lives in Oslo and Boston.
Married, two daugthers