Fintech is one of the fastest-growing industries, and it has all the possibilities to revolutionize more than just the way we handle money. Maki.vc’s Paavo Räisänen and Thomas Bacon discuss the latest trends in fintech and what type of fintech Maki’s on the lookout for.

As the Covid-19 crisis has sped up our farewell to cash, we’ve welcomed a plethora of different payment solutions to smoothen (Klarna-esque pun intended) our daily transactions. Traditional banking establishments are starting to have an ancient ring to them — or, as a16z’s Angela Strange says “every company will be a fintech company.”

Companies and…


Reetta Heiskanen and Thomas Bacon.

Maki.vc’s team has grown with two new recruits, with Thomas Bacon joining as the fund’s new Investment Analyst and Reetta Heiskanen appointed as the new Platform and Marketing Manager. The recruits further strengthen and build Maki.vc’s market insights, brand and founder platform.

Thomas is Brexit’s gift to the Nordics and Maki.vc, an ex Venture Investment Associate from London-based Founders Factory. At Maki.vc, he’ll focus on deep tech, financial tech and AI solutions.

“Maki.vc has crystallized the relationship between deep-tech and strong brands — and that really resonated with me. I was already a big believer that the Nordics punch above…


Maki.vc’s portfolio company Ultimate.ai, the company building the world’s leading virtual customer service agent just raised a €20M Series A round. We sat down with ultimate.ai CO-founders, CEO Reetu Kainulainen and COO Sarah Al-Hussaini to discuss how they have managed to attract talent in their fast-growing team and the impressive companies to their customer base. They also revealed what differentiates Ultimate.ai from most of its competitors.

What have been your biggest milestones after your seed round in 2018?

Sarah Al-Hussaini: Expanding to Berlin was a big deal, obviously, because there is a huge language market here in central Europe that…


The Finnish quantum computing company IQM has just raised €39 million in Series A funding — . The fast-growing startup has already managed to recruit some of the best talent in this niche market, and today, they already have one of the world’s largest quantum hardware team. Maki.vc team sat down with IQM Chief Scientist Mikko Möttönen and CEO Jan Goetz to discuss milestones, working towards greater good, and how delivering the first commercial quantum computer might happen already in 2021.

What have been your biggest milestones after the initial seed round in 2019?

Mikko Möttönen: First and foremost we…


Quantum technology is the industry of tomorrow, and Europe has great potential to become it’s global leader. Maki.vc Partner Ilkka Kivimäki explains why now is as good a time as ever to start investing in European quantum companies.

Within the next 10 years we might have a machine that has a trillion times more computing power than current computers, and it’s all thanks to quantum technology. …


We sat down with Marjo Miettinen, seasoned tech executive, business owner, and one of our Maki House LPs to discuss one the most important assets of an entrepreneur – the company board. Marjo has been part of leadership at Ensto (a global family business in smart electrical solutions that employs around 1,400 people in Europe, the US and Asia) since 1988 and chairwoman from 2016 onwards. She’s also Chair of the Board of the Technology Industries in Finland and TT Foundation, board member in the Confederation of Finnish Industries, and sits on the boards of Technology Academy Finland TAF, EVA…


Miika Huttunen is the CEO of Slush, a global movement spanning a range of activities on a mission to create and help the next generation of groundbreaking entrepreneurs. First and foremost, however, he is an avid gamer who has followed esports actively since 2003. Miika explores the five underlying drivers accelerating the growth of competitive gaming, and makes a compelling case for how esports teams and entrepreneurs are in fact playing the long game.

I still vividly remember the grand finale between NoA and SK Gaming, the first esports match I watched. The tournament was the then prestigious CPL Winter…


How do you build a marketing function from scratch? What should you focus on and how do you make marketing measurable and grow your revenue? Lidia Lüttin is the CMO at Happeo, a social intranet with over 300,000 users and engagement rates comparable to popular social media platforms. Before Happeo, Lidia joined Dutch startup-turned-scaleup Bynder as their fourth employee to build their marketing function. During her time there, 80% of the company’s revenue was generated through inbound marketing. …


Founders have been drilled the importance of making the right hires, and recruitment is a priority at every growing startup. However, firms often start focusing on retention too late, and founding teams end up learning the hard — and painful — way round. Julia Hämäläinen, Inklusiiv COO and Ex-Global HR Operations Lead at Smartly.io, explains for Maki.vc blog why retaining talent is just as crucial, and shares eight pieces of advice for any startup that wants to learn to hold on to great people.

You’ve spent tens of thousands on attracting talent, securing your top choice and introducing them to…


You’ve developed your product, gathered a winning team, set up your business model, and now you’re confident you have what it takes to attract outside funding. All that’s standing between your company and millions is a well-crafted pitch, right?

Wrong. There are a lot of legal steps startups can’t afford to overlook before beginning to raise funding, and neglecting these is a red flag for investors. Jaakko Lindgren, Partner at Dottir Attorneys, offered to share the most important ones so that an untidy house doesn’t stop you from raising funding.

For most technology-intensive startups, raising funding serves as a stepping-stone…

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