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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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"EL Crowdfunding no es solo interesante por la facilidad de recaudar fondos públicos pero también por los beneficios de productividad y eficiencia que le traen al sector financiero." 
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A brief overview of the world of #crowdfunding (in Spanish) 
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El fenómeno del Crowdfunding y la nueva era de la tecnología financiera están cambiando el sector bancario. Varias empresas en los Estados Unidos y en Europa han lanzado iniciativas exitosas de...
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An important part of the digital currency ecosystem is block chain and maybe it is actually more important than Bitcoin or any digital currency alone.
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Block chain de-centralized model can even question the role of banks in many financial services. And it can also offer a new way to handle, for example, digital investing and lending services, as well as different kinds of digital agreement processing and deposit.
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Three Grow VC Group companies, Crowd Valley, DealIndex, and Kapipal, launch new products today. The new products are launched on the Groups 6th year anniversary. 
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Time to write an update for the Microsoft mobile strategy series, and especially what happens for Windows phone OS and its own hardware.
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Alternative Finance is a new phenomenon, and it is taking the world by storm. With over 1,250 crowdfunding platforms worldwide, this new model of collaborative funding is breaking boundaries and defying the status quo as to how issuers source capital.   While alternative finance is primarily known for crowdfunding and P2P lending there are ...
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DealIndex (a Grow VC Group company) just published Alternative Finance report. This is the first alternative finance industry report that has been been prepared in collaboration with 18 leading disruptive alternative finance players, based on real data. DealIndex has also online dashboard to see and analyze real time and historical data (register here: https://dashboard.dealindex.co). The team is doing excellent work, this is changing totally the private investing market, when you can use concrete data in real time. I'm very proud of them!
New forms of finance are poised to inalterably change the entire finance industry ecosystem we know today. Investment crowdfunding, and the various iterations of alternative finance, are still in the early stages of its evolution. The disruptive finance industry is measured in mere billions now, ...
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My digitalization theorem: if digitalization doesn't cause conflicts with old regulation and laws and make labor unions and incumbent companies angry, it doesn't really improve efficiency and productivity. More in my latest Telecom Asia blog.
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Can freemium work for telecom business? My latest Telecom Asia​ column. 
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Companies needed an average of 40 investor meetings and took a little over 12 weeks to close a round. Investors don’t look at pitch decks longer than 3 minutes and 44 seconds on average. 
By Kati Suominen, TradeUp Founder and CEO One of the most critical elements of any company's capital raise is the Pitch Deck. We at TradeUp see a wide variety of decks - and in 99.9% of the cases, a...
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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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New York, NY, USA
Previously
London, UK - Austin, TX, USA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Helsinki, Finland - Urjala, Finland
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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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