TECHNOLOGY

Oscar Otteborn (Samsung) on mastering karate and mobile technology

Podcast episode 30.
April 28, 2021

Oscar Otteborn is Head of IT & Mobile at Samsung Electronics Nordics. Oscar is one of Sweden’s most experienced tech executives, and know more about the evolution of the mobile space than almost anyone, from working with brands like 3, Tom Tom, and Apple. 

What most people don’t know about Oscar is that he is a world-class Karate fighter, who has won multiple Swedish and European championships, and trained with the legendary master Mas Oyama in Japan in the 90s.

In this interview, we talk about:

Becoming one of the best karate fighters in the world

Sparring with Dolph Lundgren

Moving to Japan at 18 years old to train at the iconic Kyokushin school

Getting into mobile tech from the very beginning

How the Nokia and Ericsson rivalry completely ruled the mobile market

The fact that mobile phone launches in the early 2000s were more impactful than now

How losing his phone on a trip first made him realize how vital the smartphone is in modern society

The new Samsung collaboration with Ben Gorham, Erling Haaland and Kimi Räikkonen

Listen on Apple Podcast and Acast.

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