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Jouko Ahvenainen
Works at Grow VC
Attended Helsinki School of Economics
Lives in New York, NY, USA
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From castles to avocado, businesses and management must be able to work with cyber security and risks in a new more realistic way. https://disruptive.asia/fintech-avocado-approach-cyber-security/
We need to rethink the FinTech cyber security paradigm, starting with the acceptance that nothing is 100% secure, and not everything needs protecting.
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My fintech predictions for Asia for 2017. http://www.telecomasia.net/content/fintech-make-its-mark-asia
The emerging technology paradigm will encourage both competition and collaboration
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Vision 2017 by Telecom Asia is available, including tech and market vision for the next year in mobile, internet and IT in Asia, also my fintech article. http://www.telecomasia.net/ereport/Vision2017/index.php#
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Can we expect anything more interesting in mobile and telecom business in 2017: maybe Microsoft mobile business rises from ashes, mobile payments come main stream and potential trade war. My latest Telecom Asia column. http://www.telecomasia.net/blog/content/boring-2016-2017-some-question-marks
Will there be more innovation in the carrier and handset businesses next year?
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Indicators of strong anti-establishment feeling among voters have emerged recently and financial institutions are strongly linked to the establishment.
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"Brexit and the political changes in the US can also be an opportunity for Asian companies and countries in this market, if they slow down development in the UK and the US due to factors including less immigration of startup talent and more obstacles to offering services internationally. Asia has good opportunities to take a very prominent role in the fintech market." http://www.telecomasia.net/blog/content/fintech-emerging-asia
Asia has opportunities to be the world's fintech hub
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Luxury high tech seems to be tough market - Vertu is struggling, it is like Italian cars, expect not beautiful and a real status symbol, and no other success stories really in that area. My latest Telecom Asia column. http://www.telecomasia.net/blog/content/smart-luxury-complex
Why is it so difficult to create high tech luxury products?
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But what does this really mean - a future where software developers replace bankers as the architects of financial services? http://group.growvc.com/news/-software-bankers-how-software-developers-will-be-the-bankers-of-tomorrow
It’s no secret that markets gravitate toward greater efficiency with financial services being no different. As we often cover market segments ranging from peer to peer lending, wealth management /...
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Crowdfunding in Italian.
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Amazon Go is just a starting point, online services get more physical components, like online finance service assistant at your home, puppies to an office, p2p lending in a corner shop, and destination guide from your flight booking site. Some services can sound like old brick-and-mortar, but they are totally new data oriented optimized service experiences. My latest Disruptive Asia column.
We’re seeing more online services with physical components. And they have an advantage over brick-and-mortars with an online version of their business.
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Crowd Valley (a Grow VC Group company) has been invited to speak at this event held in collaboration with the Club de Madrid (CdM), an organization comprised of more than 100 former Presidents, Prime Ministers and Heads of State. http://group.growvc.com/news/crowd-valley-to-address-democratization-of-finance-at-global-solutions-summit
Organized by P80 Group Foundation (P80), the Global Technology Deployment Initiative (GTDI) and the Global Cleantech Cluster Association (GCCA), who are convening the Global Solutions...
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Millennials argue that this is true not only from an employment perspective but a general consumer perspective in distrust of advertising and a desire for authenticity in brands before purchasing a product. One way to proceed, is in codifying, for example, a smart contract to be placed on the blockchain so that decisions, progresses, or even incentives should be transparent and reached by consensus, as Don Tapscott and Alex Tapscott argue in their book Blockchain Revolution. http://group.growvc.com/news/blockchain-millennials-a-relationship-of-trust-and-transparency
Anyone paying attention to the latest news from financial markets would agree that blockchain has been welcomed as the next “big thing” by many professionals due to the new opportunities it...
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Introduction

Jouko is an investor and entrepreneur across the US, Europe and Asia and is active at a senior level with many web and mobile enterprises. His main project now is www.growvc.com, the leading global equity crowd-funding service. With more than 20 years experience in international business management and having been close to many VC deals in past, ranging from 150k USD to 15M USD, Jouko is passionate about the challenges in finding and supporting the next great venture.

Starting his first software company at the age of 16, Jouko then held progressively senior positions at diverse technology firms including Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Powerwave Technologies Inc., Nokia, and Sonera. He is a pioneer in the field of social media marketing, and played a significant role in developing the first social marketing intelligence solutions for mobile and media companies. Jouko is on the boards of various start-up companies and is a co-founder or seed investor at six companies, including Replicon and Xtract. Jouko is a certified advisor for NasdaqOMX Stockholm and Helsinki early phase company lists.

Jouko regularly speaks at marketing, start-up funding, mobile and web 2.0 conferences including Mobile World Congress, CTIA, and Informa, IIR and others’ conferences around Europe, Asia, and the US. He is also a co-author of the Social Media Marketing book (Futuretext, London, Feb 2009).

Education
  • Helsinki School of Economics
    MBA, 2002 - 2003
  • McCombs School of Business
    Finance, 2002 - 2002
  • Aalto University
    ICT, 1987 - 1992
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Gender
Male
Work
Occupation
Entrepreneur & Private Investor
Employment
  • Grow VC
    Founder & Chairman, 2011 - present
  • Replicon
    Senior Partner, 2003 - present
  • Springboard Venture Private Ltd (India)
    Board Member, 2009 - present
  • Xtract
    Founder, 2001 - 2009
  • Nokia
    Manager, 1994 - 2000
  • Powerwave
    Region Manager, 2003 - 2004
  • Cap Gemini Ernst & Young
    Strategy Consultant, 2000 - 2001
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Currently
New York, NY, USA
Previously
London, UK - Austin, TX, USA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Helsinki, Finland - Urjala, Finland