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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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Nadella's first year looks promising for Microsoft to find its new position. My latest Telecom Asia column. http://www.telecomasia.net/content/empire-strikes-back
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My latest Telecom Asia column, 2015 mobile operating system outlook. Is this the last year for Blackberry, is Samsung in death spiral or can Microsoft surprise us?
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The Wall Street Journal VIP event: NFL, Dallas Cowboys vs Jacksonville Jaguars.
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Crowdfunding, p2p lending and other online investing models are not a platform that makes some match making, it is to build a larger ecosystem that follows local and global laws and regulations and meet the needs of different of kind of investors and assets. It is not only for crowd, but also for institutional investors, family offices and funds. Data and research are also an important part of that.
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My latest Telecom Asia column: don't doom Google's MVNO before you see it. I know basically all MNVO's have failed, but could someone still do it in another way?
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Are you digital native or alien: it is not yet an old story.
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My latest Telecom Asia blog: "Android phone business starts to look very much like PC with Windows was many years: a dominating operating system, good hardware matters, but not the hardware brand, and hardware manufacturer’s additional OS or software components just annoy people." 
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My latest Telecom Asia column. Could Apple SIM change the mobile business models?
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Two days meetings in Lost Angeles about online finance, p2p and crowdfunding. A lot happen here too.
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NELLY MENEZ's profile photo
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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
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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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