We aim to share the most fascinating entrepreneurial stories on the Slush stage – presented by no one else but the founders themselves. This November, we are honored to welcome David Helgason, one of the absolute pioneers of the Nordic tech scene, back to Helsinki.
David Helgason served as CEO of Unity Technologies until 2014 since co-founding the company in 2003, with an unflinching vision to democratize game development, and to create technology and business models for the next phase of the game industry.
Today, the company is performing impressively, to say the least: according to TechCrunch half of all new mobile games rely on Unity’s software for their creation, it powers 70 percent of all VR and AR experiences, and its games and apps reach 2.4 billion devices quarterly.
It’s clear that Unity has for long been a leading tech player from the Nordics, and its pace doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Despite raising a $181 million Series C led by DFJ Growth last summer, in May it announced another successful round; this time $400 million in funding from private equity firm Silver Lake with reports valuing Unity at $2.6 billion.
After stepping down as CEO of Unity, David still serves as Executive Vice President of the company. Moreover, this relentless entrepreneur also spends some of his time investing in other companies. He’s a partner at venture capital firm Nordic Makers that was set up with other successful entrepreneurs from companies such as Zendesk, Momondo and Just Eat.
2017 is not the first time we’ll see this Nordic viking at the Slush stage. David is well known for making our audience smile by dropping some pretty iconic one-liners. To get a hint of what to expect, see David’s speech on the democratization of an industry and the race of tool-powered productivity against the winner-takes-all dynamics of tech.
Welcome back, Mr. Helgason!
Photo: Sami Välikangas