Johan Brand

Founding Partner, We Are Human
Captain, EntrepreneurshipOne
Founder & Adviser, Kahoot!
Land owner, The Moon & Mars


Johan Brand is a creative technology entrepreneur based in Oslo, Norway.

Known as a visionary and an agitator, he connects ideas and people to act as a catalyst for innovation. 

As a Founding Partner at We Are Human he creates purpose driven organisations striving for sustainable social and commercial impact.

Connect with Johan:   Twitter   LinkedIn   Medium   Crunchbase   Angel List


Hire Johan For:

  • Keynote talks, interviews or writing. Popular topics are Entrepreneurship, Growth, Design Thinking, Future of Education, Business and Work

  • Digital transformation, innovation and concept development projects

  • Mentoring, Advisory and Leadership on entrepreneurship, strategy and product

  • Brand strategy, community building and growth strategies

  • Facilitation of workshops and creative processes


Recent Articles By Johan



We Are Human’s most successful venture to date is Kahoot!, one of the world’s fastest growing learning brands with over 70 million unique monthly active users in 200+ countries. Johan was Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer. Under his leadership Kahoot! grew from a research project to a company that captured more than half of US K-12 classrooms, as well as millions of business and social users.

Johan is the Founder and Captain of EntrepreneurShipOne, a zero-emission pay-it-forward platform for the Nordic startup community.

Prior to We Are Human, Johan was part of the founding management team of Playgroup, an award-winning creative company working with Mercedes-Benz, BBC, BT, ITV, Unilever and WWF. He has over a decade’s experience merging creativity and technology, including the innovative MagCom smartphone, backed by Insight Capital Partners and Telenor Venture.

In 2012, he launched The Nordic Connection, an entrepreneurial initiative based out of London's TechCity, with a mission to enable global opportunities and connections for Nordic startups. The initiative resulted in impact events such as the annual Oslo Meets Hackney event in London, and helped facilitate the Austin, Hackney, Oslo Creative Cities Alliance. 

He has a degree in Fine Art Photography, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, and speaks regularly about the future of learning and entrepreneurship at events. In 2015, Johan was awarded Founder of the Year at the Norwegian Nordic Startup Awards, and named on of the 100 most influential leaders in EdTech globally.

Johan is married with a son. His greatest passion outside of family and work is sailing and the preservation of our oceans. He also enjoys cross-country skiing across remote parts of Norway.


Up, up and away!

On leaving Kahoot!

Why This Founder Stepped Down From Leading His Company He Built for a Billion Users to Help Entrepreneurs Sail

Han kan ikke alfabetet, men står bak et av verdens raskest voksende selskaper

DN.NO [Norwegian]

Growing up & staying true

Slush 2016