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MAKI HOUSE

Human. Open. Ubiquitous. Strong. Equal.

When we find the undisputed founders we look for, we invest more than money.

We strive to be an accessible and yielding powerhouse with a global foothold. Whether building from scratch, fine tuning a product or brand, or navigating new markets, the entire Maki House works side by side with the new entrants to supercharge their growth.

MAKI TEAM

At your service.

When you work with Maki.vc, you get all of us as your champions and challengers. A connected core team of serial entrepreneurs, seasoned investors and startup executives inspired by the tech we grew up with - fascinated with creative solutions in strategy, technology, operations, and branding.

Pirkka Palomäki
Elina Rinta-Rahko
Pauliina Martikainen
Josefiina Kotilainen
Paavo Räisänen
Ilkka Kivimäki

GLOBAL MAKI TEAM

An express lane to the future.

We have been lucky to work with hundreds of tech pioneers who have paved the way by showing what rewriting the future can look like. Today, these people are the backers of our fund - all closely connected to the Maki House and sharing their knowledge on demand to get you there faster.

Risto Siilasmaa

Chairman, Nokia

Founder and Chairman, F-Secure

The chairman, founder and former CEO of an antivirus and computer security software company F-Secure Corporation (formerly Data Fellows). Also a member of Nokia's board of directors since 2008, chairman from 2012 onwards.

Keywords: AI, cyber security, strategy, leadership

Risto Siilasmaa

Chairman, Nokia

Founder and Chairman, F-Secure

The chairman, founder and former CEO of an antivirus and computer security software company F-Secure Corporation (formerly Data Fellows). Also a member of Nokia's board of directors since 2008, chairman from 2012 onwards.

Keywords: AI, cyber security, strategy, leadership

Jaakko Lehtinen

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Aalto University

Principal Research Scientist, NVIDIA

A computer science professor with wide interests spanning computer graphics, vision, machine learning, and AI. Formerly building games like Max Payne and Alan Wake at Remedy Entertainment, and member of MIT graphics group as a Postdoctoral Associate.

Keywords: computer graphics, computer vision, AI and ML

Jaakko Lehtinen

Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, Aalto University

Principal Research Scientist, NVIDIA

A computer science professor with wide interests spanning computer graphics, vision, machine learning, and AI. Formerly building games like Max Payne and Alan Wake at Remedy Entertainment, and member of MIT graphics group as a Postdoctoral Associate.

Keywords: computer graphics, computer vision, AI and ML

Ling Ge

Chief European representative at Tencent

Ling leads Tencent's efforts in Europe, focusing on strategic investment and partnerships with technology startups, universities, government and industry. She received her doctorate in Quantum Computing at Oxford University. Ling also serves as a board of director and member of the advisory board for several venture capital and technology firms, including the advisory board of Maki.vc.

Keywords: AI, quantum computing, education

Ling Ge

Chief European representative at Tencent

Ling leads Tencent's efforts in Europe, focusing on strategic investment and partnerships with technology startups, universities, government and industry. She received her doctorate in Quantum Computing at Oxford University. Ling also serves as a board of director and member of the advisory board for several venture capital and technology firms, including the advisory board of Maki.vc.

Keywords: AI, quantum computing, education

Marjo Miettinen

Chairman of the Board, Technology Industries of Finland

Chairman of the Board, Ensto

A seasoned tech executive and business owner. Part of leadership at Ensto - a global smart electrical solutions company employing around 1,600 people in Europe, the USA and Asia - since 1988, and chairman from 2016 onwards. Marjo was elected chairman of Technology Industries of Finland in 2019.

Keywords: strategy, people management, communications, culture

Marjo Miettinen

Chairman of the Board, Technology Industries of Finland

Chairman of the Board, Ensto

A seasoned tech executive and business owner. Part of leadership at Ensto - a global smart electrical solutions company employing around 1,600 people in Europe, the USA and Asia - since 1988, and chairman from 2016 onwards. Marjo was elected chairman of Technology Industries of Finland in 2019.

Keywords: strategy, people management, communications, culture

Robin Bade

Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

Previously CEO Europe, Mirum Agency

Robin founded Activeark, a digital marketing agency, in 2003 during his studies. In 2012, the company joined J. Walter Thompson as Activeark JWT. In 2015 he established Mirum, a new global agency that brought together a set of digital agencies operating within WPP/J. Mirum helps businesses transform and grow by mastering the digital experience, with 2,200 professionals in over 40 offices in more than 20 countries.

Keywords: digital marketing, digitally native brands

Robin Bade

Entrepreneur and Angel Investor

Previously CEO Europe, Mirum Agency

Robin founded Activeark, a digital marketing agency, in 2003 during his studies. In 2012, the company joined J. Walter Thompson as Activeark JWT. In 2015 he established Mirum, a new global agency that brought together a set of digital agencies operating within WPP/J. Mirum helps businesses transform and grow by mastering the digital experience, with 2,200 professionals in over 40 offices in more than 20 countries.

Keywords: digital marketing, digitally native brands

Timo Soininen

CEO, Small Giant Games

Timo is Founder and CEO at Small Giant Games, one of the fastest growing gaming companies in the world. The company was acquired by Zynga, Inc. in 2018 at a valuation of $700M, but continues to operate as an independent studio within Zynga, retaining their unique culture and creative freedom.

Keywords: marketing, marketing analytics, team building

Timo Soininen

CEO, Small Giant Games

Timo is Founder and CEO at Small Giant Games, one of the fastest growing gaming companies in the world. The company was acquired by Zynga, Inc. in 2018 at a valuation of $700M, but continues to operate as an independent studio within Zynga, retaining their unique culture and creative freedom.

Keywords: marketing, marketing analytics, team building