Godspeed, Risto!

Today had an awesome opportunity to discuss directly with a person who has made one of the biggest impact on me in the past years, the coding entrepreneur, hope of the nation, even of the world, the one building deep bridges between China, Finland and the world, the Nokia chairman and F-secure founder, Mr. Risto…

A China Entrepreneur’s regular day in Hangzhou

What a day! I absolutely love to be here. And I’m pretty sure you’ll love too – welcome to China! The gate is open, you’re warmly welcome!   If you still hesitate, let me introduce you a small-size independent entrepreneur’s normal day here. After reading this, I bet you wanna come too! The amount of…

Wisdoms from the Mighty Eagle

When you come to crossroads and think your further steps, it’s sometimes good to ask viewpoint from people who have been there and already done that. I had the privilege to hear super feedback and advice from the Mighty Eagle, Angry Birds co-founder and long time sales and marketing master, Peter Vesterbacka. As I’m developing…

How to run a company in China? (updated)

“You learn how to run a company only by running a company.” — Ben Horowitz  I love Hard Thing About Hard Things! That among many other giant works that has supported me a lot during this spring. But it is about running a company, not about China. “You learn how to run a company in…

Finnish passion to learn – my 3 stories on how to learn shockingly fast

Excitement and inspiration, that’s the feeling I love! I get it when I’m learning something new. I reviewed some newest ideas on learning and teaching – how should it be? Finn’s are always hailed as their education, “in its simplicity the most amazing in the world”, call the slogans. The Chinese love it. Far from…

HARD THING ABOUT HARD THINGS in CHINA / STARTUP BLOG. Part 1.

“STARTUP BLOG.” Part 1. “HARD THING ABOUT HARD THINGS in CHINA”. Following the example of Ben Horowitz and showing a reality of doing business in China Today I visited Allen, the CEO of WE+, one of the coolest co-working spaces in China. Awesome shaker. We know already almost for 1 year. I helped him to get introduced…

Slush moments #6: ‘Antennas up’ with Virtual Reality

The well-respected sales philosopher and self-help guru Jeffrey Gidomer reminds in his best-selling book Little Red Book of Selling: Keep your antennas up. That’s the advice you need to have in Slush. Antennas up. I got greatly introduced to the Nordic and Finnish VR scene by Finnish Olli (欧利) , whose heading the Finnish VR…

Slush moments #5: meeting Nokia Chairman Risto Siilasmaa

I have always admired him. The man whose story reminds of the American Dream, from humble conditions to riches. But he doesn’t talk about money, actually very rarely. “Money is just an unavoidable thing that you need in order to do great things, but it’s not the primarily goal.” This is how most of the…

Trump could be the best thing that’s happened to China in a long time

Originally posted on Fareed Zakaria:
By Fareed Zakaria Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017 Donald Trump has perhaps attacked no country as consistently as China. During his campaign, he thundered that China was “raping” the United States, “killing” us on trade and artificially depressing its currency to make its goods cheap. Since being elected, he has spoken…

Slush moments #4: Darude and Sandstorm at Slush Music

How great to meet the dancemusic and DJ legend Darude, Ville Virtanen. Really great guy. Part of the magic of the Slush music. Had an awesome 25 min talk with him – and again after his Slush afterparty performance. Learnt a lot. He’s very down to earth. Doesn’t make a too big a number of…

Slush moments #3 – Meeting with Finland ex-Premier Alex Stubb

Whatever you think of this man, he is one of those Finnish pioneers, who truly wants to pro-actively build bridges with China. You can’t deny that. Alex Stubb and his party have systematically been positively in contact with Chinese key decision makers and managed to arrange historical occasions, such as bringing Chinese vice-premier Wang Yang…