Founder, Chairman and CEO of Rakuten
Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani is the founder, chairman and CEO of Rakuten, one of the world’s largest Internet companies. In 1997 with just a handful of employees, he launched the Rakuten marketplace. Rakuten has expanded beyond e-commerce to encompass a dynamic global ecosystem of 55 different Internet services companies as diverse as travel, banking, credit card, eReading, and professional sports. The firm has operations in 28 countries and customers all over the world with a market cap of over $17 billion.
Co-founder and board member of Trulia
Sami Inkinen, born and raised in Finland, is a serial technology entrepreneur, investor, data geek and recreational athlete during his limited spare time. Recently Sami was the President and Co-Founder of the online real estate marketplace Trulia that went public in 2012 and is currently pending a $3.5Billion acquisition. Sami serves on the board of three tech companies, mentors and advises other technology entrepreneurs – especially those focused on improving human health and performance. Sami is also a 6-time Hawaii Ironman triathlon finisher and triathlon world champion in his age group. His most recent summer vacation included an unsupported 4400km record breaking row across the Pacific Ocean from California to Hawaii with his wife.
CEO at Movida Japan, Founder and Chairman at GungHo
Taizo Son has worked fervently for the past 15 years to start new IT-related venture companies. In 2002 he founded GungHo, one of Japan’s most successful online gaming companies. Their flagship game Puzzle & Dragons is the world’s top grossing app for iOS and Android, making more than $100M in monthly revenues. With Movida Japan, a seed accelerator he founded in 2009, the aim is to significantly boost the venture ecosystem in East Asia by 2030. He also serves as an Advisor at SoftBank, a Japanese Telecom and IT conglomerate with more than 1300 subsidiaries and affiliates worldwide, founded and led by his brother Masayoshi Son.
Co-founder and CEO of Supercell
Ilkka Paananen is the CEO and Co-Founder of Supercell, the Helsinki-based mobile games developer behind Clash of Clans and Hay Day. IIkka has been an entrepreneur in the games industry since 2000. Prior to Supercell, he was the CEO & Co-Founder of Sumea, which was later acquired by Digital Chocolate, where he worked as a President until 2010. In addition to his role at Supercell, Ilkka helps other entrepreneurs as a partner in Lifeline Ventures, an early stage investor. Ilkka is also an active member of the Helsinki-based startup community where he mentors and coaches other founders. In addition to games and entrepreneurship, Ilkka is passionate about ice hockey. Ilkka’s favorite games include old classics like Civilization and Command & Conquer.
Founder of Watsi
Before the age of 21, Chase traveled, worked, and studied in more than 20 countries around the world. He spent time in private sector intelligence in Washington, launched a national health program in Haiti, served in the Peace Corps in Costa Rica, and rode a motorcycle across Indonesia. In 2012 he founded Watsi, a nonprofit healthcare crowdsourcing platform, which enables individual donors to directly fund medical care for individuals in developing countries without access to affordable medical care. Today over 2000 treatments have been funded on their platform.
Co-founder and CEO of Truecaller
Alan Mamedi is the Co-Founder of the award-winning app Truecaller, the world’s largest verified mobile phone community. Truecaller has an extensive crowdsourced database of public, mobile, and even prepaid phone numbers.The app empowers users to block spam callers, identify incoming calls from businesses and individuals, and search for contact info and names of callers. Alan has overseen Truecaller’s incredible growth in the past year. In April 2014 Truecaller raised $18.8 million in funding led by Sequoia Capital.
Founder of RailsGirls and Hello Ruby
Linda is a programmer, storyteller and illustrator from Helsinki, Finland. Her proposed children’s book, Hello Ruby, is the most funded book on Kickstarter’s children’s book category with 380 000$ funding in total.
Linda is a central figure in the world of programming and has worked on edutech already before it was called that. Linda is the founder of Rails Girls, a global phenomenon teaching the basics of programming for young women all over the world. She has previously worked at Codecademy, a programming education company in New York with over 5 million users all over the world.
Further, she believes that code is the 21st century literacy and the need for people to speak the ABC of Programming is imminent. She believes our world is increasingly run by software and we need more diversity in the people who are building it.
Co-founder and CEO of Wooga
Jens founded Wooga in 2009. With around 50M active players per month, Wooga is one of the most popular mobile game developers in the world. Jens is enthusiastic about people, play and technology. Guiding a team of talented people to develop quality games fulfills one of his lifelong ambitions. Before creating Wooga, Jens was the Chief Product Officer & Member of the Management Board at Jamba (Jamster), where he aided the company in becoming a world leader in mobile entertainment products.
Partner at Digital Sky Technologies
After graduating from the Swedish School of Economics in Helsinki in 1993, John joined Goldman Sachs in London as a Financial Analyst. After 17 years at the company in different positions, he ended up leading the European Technology and Media investment banking department from 2005 onwards as a Partner of Goldman Sachs.
In 2010, John left Goldman Sachs to join DST Global, which is a growth-focused investment fund targeting founder-led category leaders in the internet and tech space. In the last five years, DST Global has invested more than $4 billion in companies such as Facebook, Alibaba Group, JD.com, Xiaomi, Flipkart, Spotify, AirBnB, Lending Club and many others.
Partner at Upfront Ventures
Steven has been a Partner at Upfront since its founding in 1996. Prior to Upfront, Steven was a Senior Vice President of Donaldson, Lufkin and Jenrette in the Investment Banking Division. He was also a member of DLJ’s Retailing Group for 14 years, where he provided advisory and capital raising services to more than 30 different retailers and numerous information technology companies. Steven focuses on investments in early-stage companies in Financial Services and Technology, Consumer, SaaS, and Big Data.
Partner at Sunstone Capital
Nikolaj is a serial technology entrepreneur and investor. He has founded four pioneering technology startups and is now a partner at the early-stage venture capital investor, Sunstone Capital.
Co-founder and managing partner at Almaz Capital
Alexander Galitsky is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Almaz Capital Partners. Alexander is a well-known entrepreneur and investor in Russia/CIS, Europe and USA. Prior to Almaz, Alexander formed the ICT investment practice at Russian Technologies, one of the first venture capital funds in Russia and founded five successful high-tech companies. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Alexander served as one of the top technical executives for the Soviet space industry, where he worked on the MIR space station and the Soviet “Star Wars” response. Alexander has been honored numerous times as the most influential person in the Russian IT and Internet industry by Forbes. Alexander serves on the Skolkovo Foundation Board and as Chairman of the advisor committee for Russian Venture Company.
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