Connector Spotlight: Mikkel Lunding
June 4, 2020
Q. Tell us a bit about the projects you’re working on.
I recently finished writing Connected’s Smart Home Report 2020 with a cross-disciplinary team of our talented practitioners. But as always in product, a completed task is quickly replaced by a new to-do!
Right now I’m very excited about helping out focusing our unallocated practitioners in what we call “Connected Labs”. As a product consultancy working with many new technologies, I believe we have an exciting opportunity to really understand our clients’ industries from many diverse perspectives. Especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
With that in mind, a question we’re really interested in right now is: how we can use technology to ease our way back to a “new” normal? We call this returntech. Our Connected Labs’ efforts are focused around building out proof of concepts, which gives our practitioners unique opportunities to explore novel technologies that we can leverage in our client relationships—not to mention the educational aspect of letting our Connectors experiment with new, exciting technologies.
Q. What’s the most interesting challenge about the project?
Organizing an exploratory R&D unit like Connected Labs has three main challenge statements to solve for;
1. What user pain points is the industry trying to solve for right now?
2. What technologies are available to solve these pain points?
3. Do our unallocated resources have the skill set needed to work with the technologies in question?
It’s the aggregate of the three challenges together that excites me about the work.
Q. Where did you work prior to Connected?
Google, Trivago, and Scotiabank.
Q. What achievement are you most proud of in your career to date?
When I worked for Google I worked in the policy enforcement realm. One of the projects I was involved with led to the permanent advertisement ban for several organizations that were involved in a mulit-million dollar scam that masquraded human trafficking and fraud as a dating service. No matter how scary big tech can seem to a lot of people, I really want to pass a big shout out to Google for being seriously on top of their game when it comes to keeping nasty internet content away from their users!
Q. Do you have a mantra you live by?
“Nothing lasts” (and not in a pessimistic or negative way) and “everything in moderation”.
Q. What do you love to do outside of work?
Cooking, music (playing and listening), gardening, historical fiction books, sports, and long nights discussing everything and nothing with family and friends over a well-made meal.
Q. If you were stuck on a deserted island, what album, movie, and book would you take with you?
Album – Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon (so much musical bliss and emotional variety)
Movie – Richard Linklater’s Waking Life (enough philosophical content for a lifetime)
Book – Ken Follett’s Century Trilogy (the best historical fiction I’ve ever read. I still hold some of the characters near and dear to my heart)
Q. Describe yourself in three words.
Independent, Friendly, Imaginative.
Q. And finally, what’s your favourite product and why?
As a Dane, I’ve got to say my bicycle, it takes me everywhere in a healthy and sustainable manner. My guitar deserves some praise too, as a tool for me to connect with friends and broader musical creativity. Don’t bike and play simultaneous, though.
From a software-related perspective, my favourite product is by far messenger apps. Having friends and family all over the world, it enables me to stay in touch with people across vast distances. WhatsApp is my personal favourite.
Thu May 19
New Job. New World. Same Values.
Some of us haven’t started new jobs during the pandemic but many of us have (including 100+ of the new Connectors that joined us these last two years!). For those who have, you acknowledge the challenges in getting acquainted with new processes, systems, and building relationships with colleagues remotely. Add this to ensuring that yourself and your loved ones stay safe and healthy. So, what’s the secret to successfully beginning a new job remotely? Values. Learn how Leanne Paura leveraged each of Connected’s values uniquely to overcome some of the challenges with transitioning to a remote-first world since she started in her role as VP of Design.
Thu May 5
Connector Spotlight: Chris Kim
Not only is she often characterized as among the best and brightest - Chris Kim, Talent Acquisition Coordinator here at Connected, also has an undeniable knack for attracting the same. With a background stronger than steel but a soft spot for diversity, equity, and inclusion, Chris always brings her humble, honest, and hilarious self to everything she does. Just don't ask her how her favourite basketball team did in the playoffs.