Carl Størmer has done what most people dream of–combined two of his greatest passions–jazz and business–to create a successful, highly sough after business. Jazzcode AS, a consulting and entertainment firm, est. in 2005, specializes in improvisational collaboration and structured communication, offers training for high-performance teams in communication, innovation, and creativity in business and collaboration. Carl, a founding prinicipal of Jazzcode, often brings in musicians to illustrate how jazz musicians collaborate in real-time and then draws the parallels for professional teams.
Before he started JazzCode in 2004, Carl was the Director of Marketing at Norwegian Airshuttle, one of Europe’s largest low-cost carriers which he helped to take public. He was the co-founder and executive vice president of StudentUniverse Inc., the leading U.S. online student travel agency (acquired by Flight Centre). Before founding StudentUniverse in 1999, Carl worked as a senior strategy consultant for IBM Global Services since 1995, specializing in electronic distribution. He founded “The Real Thing”, Norway’s most popular jazz groups and worked as a professional jazz musician in New York and Norway between 1991-95. He spent five years working as a database designer for Weill, Gotshal & Manges in New York between 1997-1992.
Carl has recorded several CD´s in his own name during the last seven years, In the Moment (2007), Codes for Christmas (2008), Being Here (2010), Entering the Human Age (in 2011), Control is for Beginners (2014) and Always Different (2016). In 2009, he co-authored the Harvard Business School case “Miles Davis Kind of Blue” with Professor Robert D. Austin.
Carl holds two Master´s degrees — in arts management from Columbia University and in music from Manhattan School of Music — and a Bachelor of music degree from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. Carl is an avid photographer, enjoys biking, writing and has a brown belt in Tae Kwon Do. He also has a large art collection of his mother, the Norwegian artist Sidsel Paaske (1937-1980), which was shown at the Norwegian National Museum in 2017.