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On my way down to Funchal.

Last year, the first week of December I headed to Madeira to fulfil yet another dream, riding on the epic island of Madeira. I had had Madeira on my bucket list for the past two years ever since I saw the EWS take place there.

I hooked up with Free Ride Madeira, who not only organises the EWS race there, but more importantly, build and maintain most of the trails there. I didn’t bring my bike this time but rather opted in for one of their rentals, a Specialized Enduro Combo.

10 minutes of epic Madeira riding mix.

As usual…


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Some serious ridge line riding in Pila

In July I headed over to Aosta Valley in Italy to get my revenge on missing out riding with I was there the two years ago with my family. Luckily for me, MTB Beds whom I’ve been riding for the past two years in Finale Ligure, had just started to run their epic riders week so I signed up.

I flew in to Geneva was picked up and transferred through Morzine where I met up with the rest of the crew. …


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With Corey & Dino after the ride.

Last week I was invited by Karen Korponai, who I met on Necker Island a month earlier to come a visit Gstaad in Switzerland. Karen was a founding member of The House of Marley (Marley Headphones etc) leadership team has been advising Akon. Now Karen is working with the Mimran brothers, as Chief of Staff at to.org building a coalition of creative activists, ventures and non-profits to invest towards a connected and inspired world.

Knowing that I am crazy about mountain biking, Karen made sure that it would be on the schedule. How could I say no?

The first day…


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Every once in a while there comes a time for change and renewal, a time to get out of your comfort zone to pursue new opportunities.

That time has come now and so I have decided to leave Sparklabs Global Ventures and Sparkchain Capital that I co-founded and go solo.

I want to thank my partners for six very interesting years and wish them all the best!


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Every once in a while there comes a time for change and renewal, a time to get out of your comfort zone to pursue new opportunities.

That time has come now and so I have decided to leave Sparklabs Global Ventures and Sparkchain Capital that I co-founded and go solo.

I want to thank my partners for six very interesting years and wish them all the best!


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At Sparklabs Demo Day 10 in Seoul last December, I talked to Dr. Hui Lei, Director and Chief Technology Officer of IBM Watson Health Cloud, and Dr. Lawrence Wee, Chief Data Scientist at Allianz Asia Pacific about the future of AI. We discussed how artificial intelligence was being used in their respective fields (health and finance) and organizations, challenges and how they saw the future of artificial intelligence developing.


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On Sparklabs 10th Demo Day, we set up a mini crypto conference in connection with the official launch of SparkChain Capital, our new Blockchain & Crypto fund. Here, I interview Nadav Hollander, founder and CEO of Dharma Labs, one of most our recent blockchain investments, and Matthew Van Nieker, founder and CEO of Settlemint .


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Me chasing Manel down the last trail before Barcelona.

It was that time of the year again. Time for a short trip to the MWC, the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The South Korean Telecom giant SK Telecom and Sparklabs had just signed an innovation cooperation agreement and I had come over for the signing ceremony.

I had been riding in Barcelona two years earlier exploring the beautiful area of Collserola and Tibabo etc by myself. However, that time it was just on dirt roads. This time I was determined to hit the single trails I’ve been told existed there as well. It wasn’t really the best day and…


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Mountain biking in Denmark? Who would have thought?

I had some investors and crypto meetings in Copenhagen in the middle of dark and cold February. Last minute, I remembered that somebody from Denmark had offered me to ride with them if I ever came by Copenhagen. To tell the truth, in the beginning thought it was a joke. I mean, where can you even find a mountain or any serious elevation in the vicinity of Copenhagen? And in the middle of the bloody cold winter?

But adventurous as I was, I jumped on the offer. The guys that I was going to ride with was Bent and Morten…


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Doing the MTBguru stance.

Second day in Utah after the epic Gooseberry trail and a quick tour into Zion National Park, we headed back towards Hurricane and the famous Holy Guacamole trail.

Net Jacobsson

Investor & Entrepreneur. Former Facebook Exec. Passionate Mountain Biker. Lover of craft beers. Father of 5.

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