GPWA Times Magazine - Issue 57 - November 2023

You told us your cat’s name is Alf. Were you a fan of the TV show Alf and is that how you came up with the name? Haha, that’s a funny connection! Yes, I remember Alf from the TV show and how he had a peculiar appetite for cats. It’s a bit ironic naming a cat after him, but it always gives us a good laugh when we think about it. (Laughs). Why is Shoe Dog by Phil Knight one of your favorite books? Can you relate anything in the book to the iGaming industry? The book truly resonates with me because it’s a genuine portrayal of the ups and downs of starting and growing a business. The grit, determination, and sheer willpower that Phil showed as he built Nike from scratch is nothing short of inspiring. Just like in the world of startups, the iGaming industry can be tumultuous, filled with uncertainties and challenges. It requires persistence, adaptability, and a willingness to take risks. Knight’s journey with Nike parallels many experiences in the iGaming industry. Both sectors are about identifying a niche, understanding the target audience, and being relentless in delivering quality. The initial struggles to gain traction, the importance of building a trustworthy brand, and the continuous evolution to stay ahead in a competitive landscape – these are themes present in both the story of Nike and in the iGaming world. The book serves as a testament that with passion, perseverance, and a bit of luck, you can overcome challenges and create a legacy. If someone were visiting you for 24 hours and had never been to the area where you live in Sweden, where would you bring them and why? First on the list would be a boat trip to the Golden Coast on Helgasjön. It’s this breathtaking sandy beach that’s uniquely accessible only by boat, offering a serene and exclusive experience. After soaking in the natural beauty there, we’d head back to the city and spend our evening at Izakaya Station. Not only does it serve amazing Asian fusion food, but the laid-back atmosphere is just right for catching up, and if the mood strikes, belting out some songs in their karaoke section. It’s a blend of natural beauty and vibrant city life that I believe perfectly captures the essence of where I live. If you could invite any five people, living or dead, to dinner, who would they be? Bob Marley – His music, rich with messages of love and unity, has resonated with countless individuals worldwide. Sharing a table with him and delving into his thoughts about music and life would surely be captivating. Avicii – I’ve always admired his musical genius. Chatting about his musical journey and the intricacies of his soundscapes would be both insightful and intriguing. Steve Jobs – His innovative spirit transformed the tech landscape. It’d be fascinating to discuss his vision for technology and his approach to design. Chris Farley – As a comedic legend, having him around would guarantee hearty laughter. I’d love to hear about his experiences in the world of comedy and what inspired his iconic roles. Elon Musk – His groundbreaking work in various industries, from electric cars to space travel, is nothing short of inspiring. Talking about his vision for the future and his unrelenting drive would be an enlightening experience. Name three things that people reading this magazine don’t know about you. 1. I have a soft spot for fishing, but honestly, I’m not the greatest at it. More often than not, my fishing trips end without a catch. 2. I’ve got a quirky taste for salty licorice and lollipops, a flavor combo that some might find a bit unusual. 3. Surfing is a real passion of mine, although I don’t get to hit the waves as often as I’d like. Living in Sweden, there aren’t that many waves, so I usually get my surfing fix when I’m traveling to places with better surf conditions. It’s one of those things that I absolutely love, but don’t get to do nearly as frequently as I wish I could. johan_s 57 G P W A t i m e s . o r g