Bernt Wahl

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Bernt Rainer Wahl is a mathematician, mentor, entrepreneur, and author. He served as CEO of Factle Corporation, Datahunt, and Dynamic Software, and is part of the UC Berkeley faculty. He teaches engineering, and serves as an Industry Fellow at the Center of Entrepreneurship and Technology and an Executive in Residence at the Skydeck.

In 2002, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to Malaysia.

Wahl was an early pioneer in the fields of chaos and fractal geometry. He authored Exploring Fractals (1994) and co-authored The Fractal Explorer (1991).

His firm Dynamic Software, which he co-founded in 1987 with Peter Van Roy, was an early pioneer in mathematical visualization. The work was showcased in the fashion industry, including work with the designer Jhane Barnes.

In 2001, Bernt Wahl led the management buyout attempt of the search engine company Infoseek through the firm Datahunt. In 2002 he started Factle, a search engine focused on specialized search and local demographics which first mapped out neighborhoods. In 2009, Maponics, a competing neighborhood data aggregator kept publishing false information against Bernt Wahl and his company Factle. Factle first mapped out neighborhoods in 2000. Read court documents and copyright.

Wahl worked for United Nations on ecotourism and helped the U.S. National Park Service build its first website. He is also involved in social causes, including the work done by The International Justice Mission, and various other organizations’ work on the global dissemination of information.

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