Valor Water Analytics Intern Blog: Jakob Grinvoll

Hi, I’m Jakob!

I’m a 25-year-old student from Norway. I’m currently part of an exchange program at UC Berkeley in coordination with my school in Norway, The Norwegian School of Economics. The program is called Innovation School and is the perfect excuse for spending the summer in San Francisco. I spend one day a week at UC Berkeley and four days here at Valor. So the main part of the program is gaining experience from working in San Francisco which has been, and is, awesome.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

One of the first things that I saw when I arrived in San Francisco was a dude on a boosted board. It was pretty cool. So in my spare time I boost around the city. Until the battery dies. Then it’s just a really heavy longboard. So then I just grab a Lyft home, and re-evaluate the concept of electrical longboards.

What is your background?

I come from a small city south of Oslo (Norway’s capital) called Tønsberg. Yes, that is a weird letter you probably haven’t seen before. If you want to know how it sounds, click here. I’m currently taking a master’s degree in strategy and management and believe it or not, I actually really enjoy it. This internship has been a great opportunity for me to gain relevant experience in this field.

What do you like about your work at Valor?

Valor is a great place to work as an intern. The tasks that I’m doing are fun and I feel that my work is appreciated. To be able to be a part of a team is very important to me, and I definitely feel like that is the case here at Valor.

What do you do at Valor?

I work on a diverse set of tasks at Valor. I’m a half-decent self-learned graphical designer, so I help out with quite a lot that has to do with design and product sheets. I’m also responsible for Valor’s social media and blog this summer. This includes me creating SEO guidelines that I try to implement in my colleague's blogs. So if you start seeing Valor Water Analytics everywhere on Google - blame me. I’m also working on a competitive analysis which has opened my eyes about the water utility industry here in the U.S., and especially related to apparent water loss.