My name is Mika Marjalaakso, and this is my personal blog about startups and everything related. I have most definitively made or been part of all the mistakes I talk about here – and unfortunately, several times. Since 2003 I have been an occasional angel investor (mainly sweat equity) and worked with inspiring growth entrepreneurs.
A few words about my background.
I am not an expert on anything but having co-founded three high technology startups, and invested in eight, I think I know a thing or two about startups. I have one smaller exit, one bigger in the pipeline, and one mobile consumer internet failure. I have personally raised and helped fellow entrepreneurs raise over 100m€ from prominent angel investors and institutional investors in Finland, USA and Russia for early-stage startups, and advised countless startups through my fully-owned investment and business acceleration company Oak Ventures Ltd. For more information about the services Oak offers, please visit www.oakventures.fi.
Startups and fearless entrepreneurs building them are my life and my passion. If you have an embryonic pre-seed or seed-stage product startup, or just a mere idea of something great, please feel free to touch basis with me to see if there would be something we could work on together. I am always on the lookout for the next big thing.
You can reach me at mika (at) oakventures (dot) fi.
This is the first time ever I am blogging about anything. A few good war stories, some tips, some entertainment are in the works. Let me know if there are some specific areas or topics you would like me to cover in the future.
I hope you as a reader will enjoy this blog, and keep coming back. I also hope that I am not going to suck too much.