• 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
  • "DataMarket Aims To Be A Google For Numbers."

    - InformationWeek
  • "Basno is a place where people create and collect digital badges."

    - Basno.com
  • "Datamarket is impressive and interesting."

    - The Guardian, technology blog

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
OWNER & FOUNDER

Kjartan Olafsson is an entrepreneur and angel investor with one foot in New York and the other in Iceland. Kjartan is the owner of Volta Labs Venture Development and the founder of Basno.com, a platform for digital goods. He sits on the board of directors at a handful of companies and organizations in Iceland and the U.S. Previously Kjartan served as the Director of Business Development for Bertelsmann Inc. in New York. Kjartan studied philosophy and logic in Iceland and Italy, and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Harvard Business School.

CONTACT US

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


REACH US AT:

  228 Park Avenue South #34543
  (+1) 917 740 5050
  volta@volta.is

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Basno

A place to create and collect digital badges


Basno is a platform for people's digital objects. Basno counts among its customers leading brands such as American Express, Virgin America, ING New York Marathon, HBO, Nike and countless others.

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

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.

INVOLVEMENT
Volta is an early investor in Datamarket, holds a modest equity stake in the company and has a representative on the Board of Directors.

Ja Upplysingaveitur

Connecting people to people and people to companies


Ja Upplysingaveitur is an information service company based in Iceland. Ja connects people to people, and people to businesses in various innovative ways.

INVOLVEMENT
Volta owns a 5% equity stake in Ja and has a seat 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.

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

D'ACCORDO

Under Development


Venture currently under development.

INVOLVEMENT
Internally generated.

POSTBIRDS

Under Development


Venture currently under development.

INVOLVEMENT
Internally generated.

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Under Development


Venture currently under development.

INVOLVEMENT
Internally generated.