- Bringing in the right investor, at the right time and at the right valuation
- Having your corporate structures in place in a smart way with the right type of incentives for founders, team members and early investors.
- Key metrics at Series B-C
Founder & CEO at NA-KD.com
Jarno Vanhatapio is the CEO and founder of NA-KD.com in Sweden, a disruptive online fashon retailer that has shipped to over 100 countries 4 months from the start in December 2015. He also founded ZooZoo.com and that became the second biggest petfood supplier online in Sweden after two years. Previously, he founded Nelly.com, the leading e-tailer in fashion in the Nordics and one of the biggest fashion e-commerce sites in northern Europe with sales exceeding 180 million USD in 2015 and the company staffed 450 people. He has in depth knowledge of professional e-commerce, viral & social shopping, social shopping etc. Mr. Vanhatapio was in 2010, nominated for The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award. In 2012, he received the “Söderbergska Handelspriset” from the Swedish Retail & Commerce association, the biggest individual prize in Nordic retail. He is also a Module Leader at Hyper Island, since January 2011.
CEO & Co-founder at Truecaller
Alan Mamedi is the CEO and co-founder of Truecaller. Truecaller is one of the leading communication apps in the world with services in messaging,
payment, caller ID, spam detection, dialer functionalities, and has more than 150 million daily active users globally. In this position, Alan focuses on
product development and innovation, and charting the strategic roadmap for the company’s success. To date, Truecaller has raised 80 million USD from Sequoia Capital, Atomico, Kleiner Perkins, and OpenOcean.
General Partner at OpenOcean
Tom is a Partner at OpenOcean and passionate about data-intensive solutions that are quick to love and built on deep technology. He is a big believer in accurate consumer profiling and digital media technologies. Tom’s previous experience includes launching and leading Nokia Interactive Advertising – the leading first generation premium mobile ad-network.
Tom scaled the business from scratch to $50 million in revenues in less than three years, including the acquisition of Boston-based Enpocket Inc.
His first encounter with Monty and the MySQL crew happened as co-founder and Managing Partner of Holton Ventures, leading the Series A round in MySQL.
Tom is a President of the Finnish Tech Tour 2000, an MBA graduate from Helsinki School of Econ and Businesses, and holds a military rank of a 2nd Lieutenant (we don’t mess with him..)
VC and Growth Investor at Eight Roads Ventures
Martin is an investor in the Eight Roads Ventures Europe team. Originally from Sweden, Martin leads Eight Roads Ventures efforts in the Nordics and is focused on sourcing new investments and working with existing portfolio companies to help them scale. Martin joined the Eight Roads in 2016 from Lazard where he worked in the M&A TMT team.
Eight Roads Ventures is a global venture capital firm and in the past ten years Eight Roads has invested almost $6bn globally into growing companies. A 50-year history of investing includes partnerships with companies such as Alibaba, AppsFlyer, Compte Nickel, Cúram, Future Advisor, InnoGames, iPipeline, Kensho, Letgo, Made.com, Neo4j, Nuance, Ping Identity, Prosper, Treatwell, Recurly, Wallapop and Xoom. In Europe, Eight Roads Ventures recently launched a $375m technology fund and looks to invest between $10 – $30 million per company.