Hi there, Therese

Why did you choose to join the team at Konsert?

I had thoughts about becoming a management consultant already during my bachelor studies. During my fourth year at Chalmers, I got first-hand experience of what the profession had to offer when doing an internship at BCG. At that point I was hooked. For a long time I was set on joining BCG in Stockholm after graduation but as time passed, I began to have doubts. I feared that at a large consultancy firm I would not get to work with IP and Innovation, the niche which I found most interesting. This is when I came across Konsert.

Konsert has the unique position of being a management consultancy firm working with the strategic aspects of intellectual property and innovation, in combination with being a small team where everyone is involved in building the company. I have now been at Konsert for over 3 years and really feel I have found perfect match for me.

Since joining Konsert, you have had the roles of Associate and Senior Associate – what do these roles imply?

Associate is our entry-level position, which basically means it is the position in which a newly graduated recruit will start. In general, you can expect to advance to the Senior Associate level after 1-2 years as an Associate. In terms of work tasks, the Associate and Senior Associate positions are quite similar. The main difference is in the how much project management responsibility you are expected to take on.

During my years at Konsert I have worked in several different projects, both Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) projects for SME’s, and strategy projects for large multinational corporations. Starting out I had an analyst role, working in collaboration with a project leader. As an analyst, I worked with external landscaping analyses and supporting the project in determining the attractiveness, risk and limitations of venturing into different technology fields. As time passed, I have gradually been given more responsibility. Already after about a year, I was driving my own IAM projects with active support from a more senior colleague.

What are you driven by?

What drives me most in my work is constantly being presented with new challenges – working with new questions, problems, technologies, company structures, industries etc. I also really value working with a team towards a common goal and being part of building something together, both in projects and with the development of the company itself.

When you’re not working – what are your preferred activities?

I have quite a busy life outside of work. I love to spend time with family and friend, and at the moment I am also planning a wedding and renovating a house. As for other hobbies, I put a lot of time in training with my two dogs. I mainly train them in agility (dog obstacle running) but also in sheepherding. On the weekends we often compete in agility, aiming to qualify for the Swedish championships

As time passed, I have gradually been given more responsibility. Already after about a year, I was driving my own IAM projects with active support from a more senior colleague.

Hi there, Sebastian

What made you choose Konsert?

I decided to join Konsert because I wanted to work in the intersection between technology and business. When I worked as a management consultant in “traditional” strategy and business development I often felt limited to only consider strategic options possible within the current state of technology. At Konsert, I get the chance to work with the technologies that are shaping the market and business opportunities of tomorrow. Being able to help our clients to define where they should make their big bets on new technology, and how they should use IP strategy as a tool to strengthen their position in the future business environment, is very inspiring.

What have you learnt since joining Konsert?

My greatest learning so far is the understanding of how emerging technologies, like industrial IoT and artificial intelligence are changing the way companies in different industries are doing business. I think we have only seen the start of this journey. I have learned a lot about how these new technologies enable new ways of doing business and I very much enjoy the fun and inspiring discussions on this topic with our clients.

What is your role at Konsert and what does it imply?

In my position as a Manager at Konsert, I have the role of project leader in our client engagements. This means that I am responsible for the daily project work, including managing the project team to ensure that we deliver on the agreed objectives for the project. In projects I often have daily interaction with our client to plan and schedule project activities, and I am also deeply involved in performing interviews and hosting workshops with the client. Some travelling is a natural part of my role as our clients typically have an international footprint. I believe it is beneficial for the success of the projects to get the opportunity to meet with the clients face-to-face for important meetings and key project activities.

Apart from the client projects, I am also involved in our Marketing & Branding team which is responsible for planning our marketing activities, such as conference participation, updates for our webpage and post content on our LinkedIn page.

What do you do when you are not working?

I like to play golf so when I am not at work, I try to get some time on the golf course. Other than that, I try to spend as much time as possible with my two kids.

My greatest learning so far is the understanding of how emerging technologies, like industrial IoT and artificial intelligence are changing the way companies in different industries are doing business.

Hi there, Karin

You have been with Konsert for 7 years now, what is it that makes you stay?

What I like about my work, and why I’ve stayed at Konsert for more than 7 years, is the impact I’ve been able to have. I like to work with our clients at the leading technology companies, as well as the smaller, upcoming high-tech companies, empowering them to strengthen their companies’ growth and profitability. In addition, as an employee I am also expected to contribute to the development of Konsert which has been, and still is, a truly exciting journey to be part of.

The work gives me a lot of energy, but what really makes the difference is the people at Konsert. They have the curiosity to explore and push forward, and the humility not to pretend they know everything. We have a flat structure and great team work where everyone helps each other to grow and develop.

What is your role at Konsert and what does it imply?

As Manager, I lead our strategy, performance improvement and transformation projects. My role includes planning and driving the work in projects as well as directly interacting with the client. Meaning that I need to master both problem solving and client management skills. We always work in multiple projects at the same time. Right now, I am combining an operative IP strategy engagement with an interim staffing role where I am taking an active role in the everyday work of an organization, with an IP process efficiency initiative with a German client.

I am also Head of our Marketing and Branding team. In this role I am responsible for developing market awareness of our brand through participation in conferences and events, publishing Konsert thought leadership content and building the company’s digital presence.

What do you do when you’re not working?

Most of my spare time is spend with my family, and my hobby nowadays is playing with my two daughters (four- and one-year old). I also love training and to challenge myself. I have just started with triathlon and have a (very) long-term goal of completing an Iron Man. Even though I run and bike, swimming is not my thing. However, this year I learnt to crawl, so I am slowly getting there.

You have a Master’s in Biotechnology, what was it that made you interested in IP?

When I started my bachelor, biotechnology was regarded as one of the most promising frontier technologies. It was clear that patents would be increasingly crucial in this field, however the education didn’t have a single course on IP or business. During my Master I chose to focus on Business Design, and how to create, develop and successfully run a venture. The courses that interested me the most were those about IP and technology-based competitiveness. After finishing the master program, I went on to manage a MedTech start-up and was faced with real-life IP strategic questions, both from a business, funding and risk perspective. After one year of managing the start-up I decided it was time to move on. Given my interest in IP and technology-based competitiveness I knew that this was something I wanted to work with. This is when I turned to Konsert.

I like to work with our clients at the leading technology companies, as well as the smaller, upcoming high-tech companies, empowering them to strengthen their companies’ growth and profitability.

Hi there, Jonas

What is your role at Konsert and what does it imply?

As a Director, my focus is on managing client relationships and ensuring the quality of our deliveries. At any given point in time, I'm managing multiple client accounts and dividing my time between client meetings (virtual or on-site) and working closely with internal project leaders to help ensure our deliveries are as effective as possible.

My additional responsibility as Head of Tools, Methodology and Organization (a mouthful!), implies ownership of all internal processes impacting the Konsert team's ability to deliver high quality work. Simplified, this includes on the one hand HR processes such as resource planning, recruiting, and individual development, on the other hand a responsibility for processes relating to the refinement and dissemination of project methodology insights across the full team.

You were part of founding the embryo that has grown into what today is known as Konsert. What has been the greatest challenges, and what has driven you throughout this journey?

In broad terms, the greatest challenge has been the operationalization of CIP's pioneering insights regarding what constitutes sources of competitiveness in technology firms, and how such sources are generated and controlled over time. Developing these core ideas into scalable tools and methodology for delivering client value and impact, has been a great learning experience. For me personally, one of the key drivers has been our team's never-ending ambition to push our boundaries in how we can understand and help clients improve their technology-based competitiveness.

What do you appreciate most about your colleagues?

I think a characteristic of the Konsert team is that it consists of very talented and high-performing individuals, who share a drive for quality along with the fundamental insight that our best work is achieved collaboratively. I appreciate how my colleagues at Konsert have not only sharp minds that challenge me on a daily basis, but that they consistently put in the effort to understand how other team members are thinking, and try to build on that to reach the best possible outcome.

What do you do when you’re not working?

Day-to-day, I enjoy spending time with my wife and our two young daughters; cooking, listening to music, reading, hanging out. Exercise is a great way for me to recharge, especially when done outside, and I enjoy a mix of walking, running, strength training, and tennis on a regular basis. For vacations, I love to stay active in the beautiful Scandinavian nature - skiing up north during wintertime, sailing in the archipelago during summertime are favorites that we try to do each year.

I appreciate how my colleagues have not only sharp minds that challenge me, but that they consistently put in the effort to understand how other team members are thinking, and try to build on that to reach the best possible outcome.