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Jouko Ahvenainen
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Attended Helsinki School of Economics
Lives in New York, NY, USA
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Crowd Valley (a Grow VC Group company) statement and analysis about some practical consequences of brexit in finance and fintech. http://news.crowdvalley.com/news/brexit-and-fintech-in-europe-beyond-the-referendum-vote
The vote cast in the UK Referendum came as a surprise to many. Ramifications and consequences will be significant and potentially long lasting, but new opportunities will emerge in various sectors....
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Is it realistic telcos come to the finance business? My latest Telecom Asia column. http://www.telecomasia.net/blog/content/telcos-and-fintech
It is an unrealistic scenario for telcos to expand into financial services
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Complex pricing schemas can help to get more money from customers, but in longer run they are harmful customer relationships and business. My latest Telecom Asia column. http://www.telecomasia.net/blog/content/short-term-traps-kill-long-term-growth
Complex pricing models are a big reason why operators are being relegated to dumb pipes
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My latest Telecom Asia column: "The more relevant question is whether a new innovation opens opportunities for new companies and is a fatal threat to old business. Startups typically have a dream of a change that is a revolution, and incumbents want it to be only an evolution. How about Apple, Google and Tesla, have they started a revolution?" http://www.telecomasia.net/blog/content/technology-evolution-or-revolution
While technology alone is not enough, it can be the trigger
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The Grow VC Group has collected a new vision and insights document that focuses on new business models, new finance instruments and better utilization of resources in the finance sector. These changes have a fundamental impact on the core of the whole finance business. http://www.growvc.com/blog/2016/04/hybrid-models-combine-old-and-new-instruments-and-technology-and-create-new-business-models/
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Suominen spoke on a panel “Trade and globalisation: What’s working and what needs to change as trade, finance, technology and people converge?” featuring Ken Ash, Director of Trade and Agriculture, OECD; Robert Koopman, Chief Economist and Director of Economic Research and Statistics Division, World Trade Organisation (WTO); Michael Gidney, Chief Executive, The Fairtrade Foundation, and Douglas Lippoldt, Senior Trade Economist, Global Research, HSBC Holdings. http://www.growvc.com/blog/2016/06/tradeup-ceo-engages-at-the-world-trade-symposium-in-london/
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The panel discuss, for example, the following topics: Fintech for lending, investing and wealth management markets, The role of secondary markets, Blockchain to enable new finance solutions, and API ecosystem defines new digital finance business models.http://www.growvc.com/blog/2016/05/fintech-revolution-event-in-new-york/
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Come listen to and discuss the fintech revolution! Join the Agentic Group Thursday, June 9th at Reed Smith Law Firm for an enlighting discussion of Fintech, Second Markets and Venture Finance Innovation in the US. http://www.growvc.com/blog/2016/05/fintech-revolution-event-in-new-york/
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Today, we are developing a range of Fintech Cafes, each comprising an expert team delivering digital services to address opportunities in different verticals. From automated wealth solutions, to capital raising and online lending. Each cafe comprises the best in class chefs.

http://www.finance-monthly.com/2016/05/cafe-fintech-serving-up-financial-services-grow-advisors-exclusive-article/
In the February edition of Finance Monthly, Grow Advisors summarised the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos and its focus on fintech underpinning the 4th industrial revolution. In this month’s …
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The Asian industry leading conference for the film and content production industry, 7th Creative Content Production Conference (part of BroadcastAsia2016) is showcasing crowdfunding with conference related campaigns as the first big international conference. Together with Southeast Asian Audio-Visual Association (SAAVA) and international crowdfunding platform Kapipal, the Creative Content Production Conference is offering film projects to raise m...
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Ericsson, Nokia and Huawei dominate the mature and boring network business. The growth expectation is 5G networks, it is hard to see they really disrupt the business and create something new. But could someone disrupt this business, e.g. with open interfaces and different customer structure? My latest Telecom Asia column. http://www.telecomasia.net/blog/content/could-someone-disrupt-network-business
Incumbent vendors have not yet managed or experienced business, technological or operational disruption
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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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