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Speakers

Slush brings top-tier entrepreneurs, investors and media to share their latest stories, lessons and insights. More speakers will be announced every week.

Marko Anderson

Marko Anderson
Co-founder, Futureful

Marko Anderson is the Co-founder of Futureful, and enjoys building meaningful experiences with passionate people. Are you feeling futureful?

Marc Dillon

Marc Dillon
Co-Founder & CEO, Jolla

Marc Dillon is the co-founder and CEO at Jolla, the recently founded smartphone company from Finland. Jolla believes that MeeGo is far from dead, having landed their first manufacturing partners in China already in summer 2012. Jolla will launch it’s first MeeGo-based mobile OS at Slush 2012.

Thomas Madsen-Mygdal

Thomas Madsen-Mygdal
Angel Investor

Thomas Madsen Mygdal is an angel investor and a serial entrepreneur working behind companies like 23, Podio, SocialSquare and Reboot. He describes himself as a guy who helps setting vision, getting product right, designing commercial model, getting right people on board and getting to market.

Kristian Segerstråle

Kristian Segerstråle
EVP, Digital, Electronic Arts

Kristian Segerstråle is a serial entrepreneur who founded his first company in 2001. He is known as the CEO and co-founder of Playfish, a company which took social gaming to a new level with a simple idea: playing, with cards or computer, is always more fun with friends. Electronic Arts bought Playfish for USD 400 million in 2009, and Kristian now leads EA’s unprecedented and aggressive process to take over the Internet.

Peter Vesterbacka

Peter Vesterbacka
CMO, Rovio Entertainment

Peter is best known as The Mighty Eagle of Rovio Entertainment (Angry Birds), but has a whole lot else under his belt. The co-founder of Slush has taken an active role in the Finnish startup scene, and has founded ConnectedDay, Some Bazaar and co-founded Mobile Monday. If that wasn’t enough, he’s also a Member of the Board at Star Wreck Studios. The self-described “Mobility Mastermind” is highly experienced in branding, mobile e-services ecosystem building and enablement, mobile e-services ontology.

Jason Chein

Jason Chein
Director, Amazon GameCircle

Jason is the Director of Amazon GameCircle, and a product-centric executive seasoned in developing games as services and managing online economies. Previously, Jason has been a Partner at Vanedge Capital as well as held management positions at Electronic Arts and Xbox.

Ilkka Paananen

Ilkka Paananen
Co-Founder & CEO, Supercell

Ilkka is a Serial Entrepreneur and Investor, and currently heads Supercell, a collection of highly energetic gaming professionals who’ve set out to change the industry. Ilkka’s previous career includes running Digital Chocolate, and investing in companies like Microtask and Uplause.

Kim Pessala

Kim Pessala
Chief Investment Officer at Evli Bank Plc

Kim Pessala is the Chief Investment Officer at Evli Bank, an investment bank that provides wealth management, equity and derivatives brokerage, investment research and corporate finance services to private individuals, entrepreneurs and institutions. The operations are based on 27 years of experience and strong expertise of the employees to seek out solutions that provide added value for clients.

Julien Fourgeaud

Julien Fourgeaud
Co-Founder & CEO, Scarlet Motos

Julien is the CEO of Scarlet Motors, and a former Rovionite and Nokian. Still heavily in stealth, Scarlet Motors is an electric sports car for the next generation. Julien describes himself as a digital native, and a social and tech-savvy French, who loves to make things happen.

Ivan Nechaev

Ivan Nechaev
Co-Founder & CEO, Russian Navigation Technologies

Ivan Nechaev is the CEO and co-founder of Russian Navigation Technologies. Founded in 2005, the firm has become the first Russian “idea to IPO”  high tech success story. The company works in development, production and installation of GPS/GLONASS-based telematics system AutoTracker for transport monitoring and fleet management. Ivan is also Member of the Management Board of the Russian Venture Company Seed Fund.

Michael Ilyichev

Michael Ilyichev
ex-CEO, Rutube

Michael is an entrepreneur and a networker with more than ten years of experience in the media industry. Formerly the CEO Rutube, better known as “the YouTube of Russia”, he’s currently a co-founder & strategist at Surfingbird. Michail has a heavy background in creating and distributing content for TV, mobile and WEB platforms.

Sami Inkinen

Sami Inkinen
Co-Founder, Trulia

Sami Inkinen co-founded Trulia in 2005 and served as the company’s COO til March 2012. Trulia has grown into one of the largest real-estate sites in the US serving over 20 million unique monthly visitors. Sami is also a triathlete ranked second on the planet among amateurs in his age group.

Niklas Hed

Niklas Hed
Co-Founder, Rovio Entertainment

Niklas Hed is the co-founder of Rovio Entertainment, which he started with fellow computer science classmates in 2004. Niklas leads Rovio’s Research and Development efforts on new technologies, platforms and ventures. And don’t worry, you’re not seeing double, Niklas is in fact the cousin to Mikael Hed, the CEO.

Joonas Hjelt

Joonas Hjelt
Co-Founder & CEO, Blaast

Joonas Hjelt, a serial entrepreneur is currently the co-founder and CEO of Blaast, a cloud-based developer and application ecosystem for feature phones with a humble goal of connecting the next billion phone users online.

Chris Thür

Chris Thür
Co-Founder & CEO, Ovelin

Christopher Thür is co-founder and CEO of Ovelin, a startup founded in Tampere, Finland in 2010. Ovelin created WildChords, a guitar-learning game for iPad, which was chosen the Best European Learning Game 2011. Chris’ Ovelin also won the 2011 Slush 100 pitching competition. Chris tells that he himself is a total beginner at playing guitar.