With a rich diversity of experience in trademark law, technology and serving the enterprise, our leadership team is working to bring smart innovation to trademark teams around the globe.
Mikael Kolehmainen, Co-founder and CEO
International TM Attorney with significant trademark law domain expertise, with a license in New York. An experienced and successful angel investor and third-generation entrepreneur. Previous tech company experience in a variety of roles.
Matti Kokkola, Co-founder and CTO
Built and led successful tech teams in the US and Europe. Seasoned technology leader with experience from building and operating business critical big data systems.
Anna Ronkainen, Co-founder and Chief Scientist
Artificial intelligence and law scholar doing research at the intersection of IP law, cognition and vague norms, with over 15 years of experience in linguistic software development including many successes in project and product management.
Heikki Vesalainen, Co-founder and Chief Architect
Designer of numerous successful machine-learning and artificial intelligence solutions. A sought-after web tech guru.
Charles Hill, Head of Product
Harvard MBA, Product management professional with over 15 years’ experience managing large-scale software and internet products. Track record of launching new global products that drive strong results for both B2B and B2C companies.
Joe Patterson, VP of Sales
MBA, Global business development and sales executive with over 10 years of experience, primarily in the B2B software space. Successfully contributed to taking three companies to a liquidity event.
We are backed by investors who know transformative innovation when they see it.
Balderton Capital is one of the largest venture capital firms in Europe, committed to finding and helping talented entrepreneurs build great companies. Based in London, the firm manages $2.2 billion. Since 2000, Balderton has invested in over 100 companies, principally across Europe.
Notable realised investments include NaturalMotion (the mobile gaming developer, sold to Zynga in 2014), Betfair (the online betting exchange, 2010 IPO), LOVEFiLM (the home entertainment subscription service, sold to Amazon in 2011), MySQL (the open-source database software, sold to Sun Microsystems in 2008) and YOOX Group (the online retailer of leading fashion brands, IPO in 2009).
The current portfolio includes innovative companies such as 3D Hubs, Globoforce, Kobalt, Openet, Scytl, Talend, The Hut Group, Tictail, Wonga, Wooga and WorldStores.
Lifeline Ventures is a team of serial entrepreneurs who invest in sectors they know by heart from their years as founders and startup leaders.
Due to their background, they often start working with a startup even before it has launched its first product, typically taking it from inception to a successful Series A investment and beyond.
Lifeline Venture’s goal is to be the first team the entrepreneur reaches out to in eventual times of trouble and joy.
Tekes offers funding for young innovative companies for comprehensive development of their business activities.
The aim is to substantially accelerate the global growth of most promising small companies. Funding is meant for a company that has operated for a few years and has proven its business concept so that it already has customers.
Tekes funding can be applied by companies registered in Finland.