What is your education and do you have any hobbies?
Bryton: I studied operations research and financial engineering (machine learning) at Princeton University, and like to sail, hike, and sing (karaoke).
Thomas: Master of Technology, NTNU. Running and cross-country skiing.
What does your organization do, and why do people buy from you/work with you?
Bryton: Aquabyte builds machine learning technology for aquaculture - automatic sea lice counting, biomass estimation, welfare estimation. Farmers work with us because we represent the future of aquaculture and are the first to allow farmers to achieve dispensation from Mattilsynet (food hygiene) for lice counting.
Thomas: We provide insight and transparency for the seafood industry to give our customers a competitive advantage.
What does digital transformation mean to you?
Bryton: It means being able to help farmers adopt the latest machine learning technologies to make their farms more efficient and sustainable. For the first time, farmers can weigh fish and measure growth in real-time – in the future people will wonder how did we ever grow fish without these types of tools.
Thomas: A catalyst for change and My children’s generation must have the education to get a job.
What are your own most important job projects in the last year?
Bryton: Scale deployments to hundreds of fish pens, obtain Mattilsynet (Food hygiene) dispensation for our customers.
Thomas: Initiating the growth story for Kontali.
Who inspires you?
Bryton: Elon Musk, Tesla’s office is 5 mins from my home in Silicon Valley, they represent the cutting edge in innovation and how it can be brought to a new industry.
Thomas: Colorful people who are willing to take a risk, like Petter Stordalen.
What is relevant knowledge for the future?
Bryton: Machine learning / Aquaculture AI
Thomas: How to use available technology, and how to understand and to cope with human behavior (People business).
Main new perspectives from Covid?
Bryton: Importance of technologies that can help farmers during tough times, such as help with mundane activities like automatic lice counting.
Thomas: Yes, video conference works and there will be fewer travels afterward. There is actually a thing called “too much family time”.
What are your 3 best management tips?
Bryton: Dive deep and simplify, collaborate as one team, own and entrust.
Thomas: The main focus should be long-term actions, not daily operations. Recruit a strong team (and pay them 5% extra if necessary). Growth ambitions must be reflected in the board room composition.
Do you have any important sustainability perspectives?
Bryton: Sustainability needs to be practical and actionable – how can you promote sustainability on a wide scale? By helping invent and be a part of developing the future of sustainability.
Thomas: Sustainable operations are profitable.