Talking withFrederik Ottesen

  • Photographer: Martin Bubandt
  • Assistant: Anders Fromberg
  • Stylist: Gull-Mai Friis
Frederik Ottesen
  • Photographer: Martin Bubandt
  • Assistant: Anders Fromberg
  • Stylist: Gull-Mai Friis
Frederik Ottesen
  • Photographer: Martin Bubandt
  • Assistant: Anders Fromberg
  • Stylist: Gull-Mai Friis
Frederik Ottesen
  • Photographer: Martin Bubandt
  • Assistant: Anders Fromberg
  • Stylist: Gull-Mai Friis
Frederik Ottesen
  • Photographer: Martin Bubandt
  • Assistant: Anders Fromberg
  • Stylist: Gull-Mai Friis
Frederik Ottesen
  • Photographer: Martin Bubandt
  • Assistant: Anders Fromberg
  • Stylist: Gull-Mai Friis
Frederik Ottesen
  • Photographer: Martin Bubandt
  • Assistant: Anders Fromberg
  • Stylist: Gull-Mai Friis
Frederik Ottesen

“I believe in acting. In doing. Honesty. Good friendships. Hard work. Chances and opportunities come to those who have worked hard in life.”

What’s your definition of a rebel?I think that in order to be a rebel you have to have an original idea and the ability to make it happen in the real world. You have to be stubborn, uncompromising. You have to see things through. Having a lack of respect for authority helps. People like Nelson Mandela or Martin Luther King: they are rebels. It’s not enough to just have an idea. You have to speak out without regard for personal consequences. A rebel will push ahead with their ideas, values or beliefs, even if society makes it difficult. Rebels stay hungry, curious, passionate. True rebels stand up for what they believe is right. Rebellion is about being yourself, even if it means becoming an outcast to society. True rebels know who they are and do not compromise their individuality or opinions for anyone. They're straightforward and honest, and they will sure as hell tell it like it is.What’s your dream?I have a lot of dreams. I want to see more equality on a global scale. I want to raise the standard of living for the poorest 2 billion people in the world – that’s possible. That’s what Little Sun is doing right now. We are working to achieve that goal by lowering the cost of energy for those 2 billion people. When people in communities without electricity have a clean, reliable, affordable source of energy, the quality of life improves immediately. Children can study. People can make more money. Medical care becomes safer. Families can spend time together around a clean source of light. Little Sun is making this happen. I don’t want people to just think about having a greener environment – I want them to do something about it. I want to leave a better world for my children’s generation.In what do you believe?I believe in acting. In doing. Honesty. Good friendships. Hard work. Chances and opportunities come to those who have worked hard in life. Of course luck plays a role, but hard work makes chances of success improve. Be passionate about what you do. Create something that matters. I started my software company in 1998. It was a success, but I wanted something that mattered more. That’s when I started working with Solar Flight on building the world’s first passenger-carrying solar-powered airplane. I definitely believe in that. The Sunseeker DUO moves people or cargo from point A to point B, and when they get to the destination, the airplane has more stored energy than when it started. Both Solar Flight and Little Sun are inspiring the world to become more environmentally conscious. I believe in Little Sun.Why does man create?People can’t help it. It’s a natural impulse. If you don’t conform to authority, then you begin to question why everything is the way it is. Then you come up with your own solutions and start to investigate some of them. I see opportunity everywhere to do something better than the way it’s being done now. And at that moment of inspiration, everything is possible. The critique comes later. Making creative ideas a reality requires technical ability and also a lack of respect for other people’s opinions.Who do you consider a rebel?There are many different kinds of rebels. There are rebels in politics, in science, in business, in religion, in engineering… Henry Ford, Charles Darwin, Ettore Bugatti. Howard Hughes, Elon Musk, Marlon Brando. Thomas Edison, Robert Mugabe, Muhammad Yunus, Gro Harlem Brundtland, Frank McNamara, Shirin Ebadi, Aung San Suu Kyi. Paul MacCready, the aeronautical engineer. He designed the first human-powered aircraft. He solved a problem that humanity has been obsessed with since the beginning of time. Burt Rutan, the aerospace engineer, is another rebel. Herb Kelleher proved the viability of low-cost flight. Curiosity and determination are qualities all rebels must have. Those qualities are the keys to innovation.

Frederik Ottesen
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