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This book is the beautiful story of a successful American venture capitalist who met the Norwegian business culture and learnt a great deal. Sean had an intense and very public business failure in Norway; then he fell in love with the country. The Loud American presents his reflections and learnings, giving unique insights into the way Norwegians and Scandinavians do ...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 149 pages
Published 2018 by Independant
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Shane Murray
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would categorize this book as an anthropological ethnography that applies the Silicon Valley mentality to Norway. To sum it up, Silicon Valley has a mentality "If you have the capability, we will provide the capacity no matter where you are from as long as the idea is viable". As Ice T and his band Body Count sing about in the same song title "(In Norway), Shit Ain't Like That, Its real fucked up".

Its a valuable book on the shelf as there are limited publications for the outsider to
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Gedi Siuskus
This a book for those that came to Norway for work. In case of the author Sean, a laud American, there could not be a bigger contrast to land in Norway with their anti-bravado culture and Janteloven.

In a nutshell:

Pros:
- great summary of core Norwegian stereotypes & traditions
- book drawings suits the atmosphere & the writing style
- focus on Norwegian business traditions by American VC
- quick read - it should take you few hours

Cons:
- author just cracks the first layer of Norwegian
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Thomas
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
First, let me say that I’ve found the writing style and the pace excellent, which makes it very easy to read. While you can get a great summary of the Norwegian values & traditions from it, some parts of the book are definitely relevant only if your job involves making business deals with Norwegians (sales person, investor, etc.). Definitely worth reading if you just arrived in Norway, a bit less otherwise.
Kim
Jan 19, 2020 rated it did not like it
This book was not very informative about Norwegian workplace culture. Not everything in the book rings true, e.g. that the value creation takes place in Oslo and the rest of the country more or less exists on subsidies from the state. It seems that they energy and fish industries are completely forgotten by the author who obviously has not spent much time outside of Oslo.
Sakhawat Sojib
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Sultana Razia
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I just moved to Norway so this book was a great help adapting to work here.
Sayan Roy
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sean did a nice job to share the nuances of working life in Norway.
Edza Dil
Sep 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Dk Singh
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommend for foreigners coming to Norway.
Alaska Marandi
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yes it's true, Norwegians are a strange bunch. This book told an accurate view.
Saleh Ahmed
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book about life in Norway
Walter Obrayo
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I recently moved to Norway and this book was a great help.
Duke Bane
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A great resource for learning how to working with Norwegians.
Arafat Hasan
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this take on doing business in Scandinavia.
Dwee Andrea Nugraha
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Susmita Ghosh
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you're looking to better understand Norwegian work life this is the book.
Satish Kumar
Sep 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
Even tho I've lived in Norway for years, this book was still a great help.
Zohaib Shakeel
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is hilarious!
Nasrin Fatema
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Mikele LcdRoma
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yes it's true, Norwegians are a strange bunch. This book told an accurate view.
Sultan Awais
Sep 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Found this book to be funny, actionable and a great help.
Goutam Roy
Sep 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wish this book was a bit longer and had more practical advice.
Anis Mahat
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Learned much about the way Norwegians do business.
Sk Jafaruddin
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thanks for writing this book. It was a big help!
Subir Madhu
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Martin von Haller Groenbaek
Great read. Well-balanced and with a lot of humor and wit. I would also recommend the book to all Angle/Americans moving to Denmark to work with tech companies. In particular, the part about the Law of Jante applies equally to Denmark and its people.
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Sean is an American entrepreneur, investor and author originally from California. He has invested in over 120 startups and founded several of his own. Through his work in acclaimed accelerator programs like 500 Startups and the Katapult Accelerator, Sean has helped to mentor 1000s of startups on growth marketing and fundraising.