It’s been two weeks since the launch of Matias Dalsgaard’s epistolary novel Don’t Despair. Interested to know a little bit more about the man behind this existential and thought provoking book? I’ve compiled five things that will help you get to know Matias Dalsgaard a bit better.
1. He started out working for McKinsey & Company
Matias started his career at McKinsey, a global consulting firm, despite not coming from a business background. While at McKinsey, his focus was on the pharmaceutical and health care industries and had the opportunity to work in London and Chicago.
2. He has a PhD in Philosophy
Matias first studied literature for his Bachelor’s, where he became interested in writing, then went on to receive a Master in philosophy. After working for McKinsey, Matias hit the books again and earned his PhD in Philosophy. As a writer and businessman today, Matias combines all of his talents and interests. He believes his background in philosophy has helped him in the business world by giving him a broader perspective and being able to understand people better.
3. He is a scholar of Kierkegaard
Søren Kierkegaard was a Danish philosopher, theologian, poet, and religious author who is considered to be the first existentialist philosopher. Matias is also a founder and board member of the Protestantismenetværket – an interdisciplinary Danish research network focusing on the impact of Protestantism in Denmark.
4. He is the founder of GoMore
After completing his PhD in Philosophy, Matias entered the business world again in 2005. He is the founder of GoMore, a ridesharing and peer-to-peer car rental service with locations in Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. With over 160,000 users, it is the largest of its kind in Scandinavia.
5. He is the oldest of four brothers
No wonder Matias is able to write from the perspective of a Lutheran priest composing letters to his nephew, he has plenty of experience playing a mentor figure. Just an interesting tidbit of information!
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