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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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My latest Telecom Asia column: If you look at the history of M&A's in mobile and telco, it is not so easy to see the logic always; e.g. BT, Orange, Hutchison, Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent.
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My latest Telecom Asia post "Even people’s capability to read, write and express themselves is very different. It is very important to design user experiences to match the needs and skills of the targeted users." 
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Really significant milestone in the US regulation, JOBS Act Title 4, Reg A+, to help fund raising. 
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My latest Telecom Asia column, how it is important to understand the ecosystem of your business and how to be successful there.
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More my Mobile World Congress observations: Is MWC relevant for startups, when there are anyway more than enough startup hype events in the world?
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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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"Laws and regulations should protect investors especially against illegal activities, but investors always carry some risks in investments." 
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What is Regulation A+, and how to utilize it? Crowd Valley's General Counsel wrote an introduction for Reg A+. 
On March 25, 2015, the SEC adopted changes that are intended to expand and modernize Regulation A under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933, as amended, as required by Title IV of the JOBS Act. The...
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"The UK's National Fraud Intelligence Bureau’s (NFIB) proactive intelligence team has become aware that fraudsters are looking to utilize 'boiler rooms' to target crowdfunding."
The UK's National Fraud Intelligence Bureau ’s (NFIB) proactive intelligence team has become aware that fraudsters are looking to utilize “boiler rooms” to target crowdfunding. Crowdfunding is...
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My observations from Mobile World Congress: maybe light laptops beat tablets, maybe Apple was there, ZTE staff use iPhones, mobile payment on the agenda and some hot key words. 
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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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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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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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