Sveinn is a co-founder and the CEO of Monerium, the first company authorized to issue e-money on blockchains.

Previously, he helped start a bioinformatics company, a telco, a mobile software company, invested in a PCR-based point-of-care testing platform, worked at a biopharmaceutical company, and advised and invested in Arctic Ventures in Stockholm and IQ Capital I in Cambridge (UK).

Sveinn is a co-author of Minting Money With Megawatts which describes the economics of Bitcoin mining and was published as a cover feature in the Proceedings of the IEEE and as an iPython notebook on Github. The article was selected as a “noteable writing” in the The Best Writing on Mathematics in 2017. Additional peer reviewed publications are listed on Google Scholar.

He is also a co-author of two commissioned reports, Blockchains and the future of finance (May 2016) and Bitcoin mining - Global payments processing using Icelandic energy resources (August 2013).

Other writings include blogs and op-eds on subjects at the intersection of technology, commerce, economics, and science. Recently curated content on Medium includes:

Sveinn holds a PhD in Physics (Boston University), a MS in Economic Systems (Stanford University), a BS in Applied Physics (Columbia University), and a black belt in karate.


Notable presentations, keynotes, and panel discussions:


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Sveinn has lived in Reykjavik, New York, Boston, Tallahassee, Palo Alto, and London. Currently, he and his family split their time between Reykjavik and Boston.

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