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Fireside chat with Arabella Carey Adolfsson

Who is arabella carey?

Good question, who am I? I am a connector. I am on a lifelong learning journey. And in my career, I am challenged to learn every day. I founded DTA in order to connect ideas, innovation creators, and the market. Ideas come from the academic, government or industry sector. I have always wanted to be that one piece in the puzzle of commercialization, that touches all sectors. And I love to connect people with people and ideas.

Tell us more about your role in Diagnostic and Defence Technology Analysts

Well, other than window washing, I do everything, with a lot of excellent help. I hire contractors, I seek business partnerships, handle business development, manage finance and marketing. Four years ago, we pivoted from a professional services company to a software development company. The software built with machine learning, and natural language processing, identifies market opportunities for technology portfolio managers in academia, government and industry.

What is the most difficult part of your job? But the most rewarding one?

The learning part of course. My first experience in technology transfer was meeting and interviewing scientists at the Michelson Lab at the Naval Air Weapons Station in China Lake, CA. I am not a scientist, but I could see applications for technologies that were being developed to fit in everyday life, not just in weapon systems. So, while it is difficult, it is extremely rewarding.

Is there anything that you would change about your professional path?

Yes, I would change my focus to include more financial knowledge and also making more inroads with investors. Every technology I review needs money, not just the MBAs, or the seasoned entrepreneur.

What’s your key strategy for the development of your company?

We are at a crossroads, now living in Sweden, and looking to 2023 to show me a few clues. With software development now close to completion, it will be a matter of licensing and scalability. Our team is remote, here in Sweden, Mexico, and the U.S.

What do you think about the next period of time, keeping in mind the pandemic and the new business climate? How will your industry be affected?

It will be very interesting. Forget the pandemic, it’s the global economy. I hear from news outlets regarding the upcoming recession, and the current inflation in the U.S. This is the global condition, so here in Sweden you have an energy crisis fueled (no pun intended) by the Russian war. Residential electricity prices have soared, and gas prices are high. Those lucky enough to have wood burning fireplaces are stocked up with wood, and indeed wood prices have increased. I think all industries will be impacted, good and bad.

Please name a few technologies which have the greatest impact on your business

Definitely all technologies that deal with data, machine learning, natural language processing, and AI. Now mind you, I do not have a background in this, I learned as we went along and developed the software, learning from the programmers.

What books do you have on your nightstand?

Right now, I have Thomas Friedman, (love his brain), “Thank you for Being Late”, Mark Leibovich, “Thank you for Your Servitude”, and having recently moved to Sweden, Padraic Colum, “Nordic Gods and Heroes”. Got to catch up on my new friends Loki, Freya, and all the dwellers of Asgard.

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