• VOLTA CREATES VENTURES

  • VOLTA INVESTS IN STARTUPS

  • VOLTA ADVISES VENTURES

  • BRINGING VISIONS TO REALITY


Volta Labs is a venture development company and investment boutique focused on executing visions.

PROJECTS

We work with internally generated ideas and concepts, as well as assisting outside entrepreneurs via an advisory role. We invest in top ideas in the digital media, communications and information services space.


CREATING

We work with internally generated ideas and concepts as we build brand new digital ventures from the ground up. We develop our new ventures in-house all through our rigorous proof-of-concepts phase and pair them up with entrepreneurial teams and capital as they get ready to enter growth phase

ADVISING

Taking on advisory roles we leverage new business formation experiences to take ideas from napkins and the backs of envelopes and turn them into viable enterprises. We have the industry expertise and practical know-how to help early stage ventures avoid the foot faults and wrong turns that so often limit success

INVESTING

We seek out top ideas in the digital media, communications and information services space, provide seed funding or later stage financing, and do what it takes to help our portfolio companies overcome the obstacles between vision and reality


  • "Basno is one of the 50 New York City startups you need to know about."

    - The Next Web
  • "BlockSign gives just one example of an unexpected industry ripe for disruption."

    - Upstart Business Journal
  • "DataMarket Aims To Be A Google For Numbers."

    - InformationWeek
  • "BlockSign has obvious customers in finance and law, but this could also be helpful for anyone who needs proof they signed something."

    - BetaBeat
  • "Basno, now issues “digital badges” to accredited angel investors […] to speed the deal-making process with startups."

    - Wallstreet Journal
  • "You can now use BlockSign to sign your name digitally using the same technology as Bitcoin."

    - BetaBeat
  • "Datamarket is impressive and interesting."

    - The Guardian, technology blog
  • "A verification record stored by BlockSign on the user’s behalf enables users to check that a particular document is signed and valid."

    - CoinDesk

PORTFOLIO

Check out our portfolio companies.

ABOUT US

Volta Labs is a venture development company and investment boutique focused on executing visions.


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Kjartan Olafsson
FOUNDER & CEO

Kjartan Olafsson is an entrepreneur and investor with one foot in New York and the other in Reykjavik, Iceland. Kjartan is the founder and CEO of Volta Labs Venture Development and the founder of companies like Basno.com, a platform for digital goods, and Blocksign.com, an innovative block chain service for legally signing documents.

Kjartan is an investor with a seat on the board of directors at a handful of startups and tech companies. In addition to his commercial endeavors, Kjartan serves as the Chairman of the Board at the Reykjavik Arts Festival, and sits on the Board of Directors at Harpa Conference & Concert Hall.

Previously Kjartan served as the Director of Business Development for the international media company Bertelsmann Inc. in New York and worked closely with Bertelsmann portfolio companies in the U.S. and U.K. on various digital media initiatives; including SonyBMG Music, Random House, and Fremantle Media.

Kjartan studied philosophy and logic in Iceland and Italy, and earned his MBA from Harvard Business School.

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Asta Sollilja Gudmundsdottir is Volta’s CFO.

Before joining Volta Asta made her career in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, first as a Project Leader at Decode Genetics Inc. and later as a Project Manager at Actavis Group PTC ehf.

Asta has a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and a Master of Science degree in immunology from the University of Iceland, a CSS in Management and Administration from Harvard University, and an MBA-degree from Reykjavik University.

CONTACT US

Questions? Suggestions? Interested in partnering? We want to hear from you!


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228 Park Avenue South #34543

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101 Reykjavik, Iceland

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Basno

A place to create and collect digital badges


Basno is a platform that securely authenticates any badge displaying skills, achievement or affiliation. Basno counts among its customers leading brands such as American Express, Virgin America, ING New York Marathon, HBO, Nike and countless others. With over 10 million badges issued, Basno is the biggest platform of its kind in the world.

INVOLVEMENT
Volta Labs is a co-founder of Basno, a major shareholder and has a seat on the Board of Directors.

BlockSign

Sign any document with confidence and ease


BlockSign lets customers digitally sign legally binding contracts and preserve them in the public domain. Running on the block chain, the decentralized public ledger that records transactions on the bitcoin-network, the BlockSign platform provides a way to sign, timestamp and later verify documents on the web.

INVOLVEMENT
Volta Labs is a co-founder of BlockSign and a major shareholder.

Datamarket

Find, understand and share data


Datamarket helps business users find and understand data, and data providers efficiently publish their data and reach new audiences.

Datamarket was acquired in fall 2014 by Qlik Technologies Inc., one of the most innovative companies in the data and analytics space.

INVOLVEMENT
Volta was an early investor in Datamarket, and had a representative on the Board of Directors until the company was acquired by Qlik Technologies Inc.
STATUS
Exited.

Ja Upplysingaveitur

Connecting people to people and people to companies


Já is an information service company based in Iceland. Já has the simple goal of providing the information that you might need on a day-to-day basis and making communicating easier. Já does this in various ways -- through the Telephone Directory, Já 118, Já.is, Ratings.is, Iceland.ja.is and a multitude of mobile apps.

INVOLVEMENT
Volta owns a 5% equity stake in Ja and has a seat on the Board of Directors.

Appollo X

App incubation studio


Apollo X is an app incubation studio based in Reykjavik, Iceland. Leveraging its innovative research, development and roll-out process, Apollo X churns out a stream of mobile apps for the international market to enjoy.

INVOLVEMENT
Volta is an angel investor in Appollo X and has a representative on the Board of Directors.

TAL

Making a Good Connection Better


Tal is a telecommunication company based in Iceland. It offers general telecommunication, mobile and Internet services. In fall of 2014 Tal merged with 365 forming a strong media and communications enterprise.

INVOLVEMENT
Volta owned a 6% equity stake in Tal.
STATUS
Currently part of 365 Media.

D'ACCORDO

Under Development


Venture currently under development.

INVOLVEMENT
Internally generated.

POSTBIRDS

Under Development


Venture currently under development.

INVOLVEMENT
Internally generated.

MAP ME OUT

Under Development


Venture currently under development.

INVOLVEMENT
Internally generated.