In the beginning of June 2012 four amazing Silicon Valley entrepreneurs traveled to Finland for a week of talks, workshops and encounters with an aim to bolster the entrepreneurial spirit and startup culture in our growing ecosystem.
Russel Simmons, co-founder of Yelp
Russel Simmons was the co-founder and CTO of Yelp. Started in 2004 to help people find great local businesses, Yelp has grown to over 66 million monthly users and held its initial public offering on the NYSE in March 2012. Prior to Yelp, Russ was part of the founding team and lead software architect at PayPal.
Sami Inkinen, co-founder & President at Trulia
Sami 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. And on top of all that... he's a really nice guy.
Paul Bragiel, co-founder at I/O Ventures
Paul is a co-founder of i/o Ventures, an early stage startup accelerator, operating out of a funky workspace+cafe in San Francisco and gathering an impressive network of mentors from the founders' personal connections in all walks of life. Before i/o, Paul co-founded three startups. He is a world traveller and has often advised governments on entrepreneurship and policy on startup ecosystems.
Aaron Patzer, founder of Mint
Aaron is both the visionary and technical mind behind Mint.com, now the leading free, online money management service in the US. Mint launched in 2007 and was sold in just 2 years to Intuit for $170 million dollars, where Aaron continued to grow the service. Prior to Mint, Aaron founded 3 other companies and holds 10 patents to his name. He is also an angel investor.