Having a Finnish Background in Silicon Valley

Westbound - Finns Working in the Bay Area What It's Like to Work in the Valley Meet Kaisa Pyhälä Uno Dos Tacos. That's what the sign said infront of the restaurant we were supposed to meet Kaisa. Kaisa Pyhälä, the associate Director from a marketing agency called Organic, soon walked towards us smiling and we all shook hands. Because the…

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On Recruitment and Work Attitudes

Westbound - Entrepreneurship and Success Stories Finnish Entrepreneurs in the Bay Area On Tuesday we had the honor of meeting an experienced entrepreneur - Tuomas Artman, who is currently working at Uber as the engineering manager for the iOS platform scene. Tuomas is a get-to-the-point, no bullshit kind of guy with a hint of Scandinavian humour. Tuomas has a diverse background. Like many in…

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Trust, Passion and Early-Stage Startups

Westbound - Aalto Talent Abroad Aalto University Graduates in Silicon Valley Yesterday we had the pleasure of meeting Mikko Hagelberg, product manager for the San Francisco based startup called Fiverun that enables retail sales associates to provide recommendations, create gift registries and checkout customers. He studied Economics at Aalto University. Our interview with Mikko took place in an unusual setting……

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Westbound

AALTOES sets sail to the Western Lands to capture the Inspirational Startup Scene of Silicon Valley (and to apply said Mojo back to our own Winter Wonderland)   Welcome the Aaltoes Westbound - blog series! Westbound Dates: February 27th - March 17th, 2015 WHAT'S HAPPENING? As some of you may know, we are heading over to Silicon Valley at the end of…

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4 Aaltoes Team Members Attending TechCrunch Disrupt 2011 in San Francisco

A few days ago the Aaltoes team made a quick decision: Nippe, Juhana, Juho and Riku will attend TC Disrupt on Sep 12th-14th. We were lucky to have Ramine coach us "a bit" yesterday. The four hour session included so much new information to remember, advice, tips and hints that I don't actually remember the last time I've felt that overwhelmed. Still, I had…

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Lessons of Silicon Valley

Journal kind of a thing from Silicon Valley by Miikka Peltola October, 2010 Miika Peltola is an entrepreneur & student at Aalto University School of Art and Design I decided not to go to the Aalto Entrepreneurship Society’s trip to Silicon Valley. I’m afraid of flying, I didn’t know any other person except one from the Finnish people going, aviation…

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Tuesday: we work hard to understand what fuels the Valley

The loose theme for the day is Stanford and how the student activities build the grassroots necessary for the rest of the ecosystem. With the BASES 150K kick-off & ASES meeting fresh in mind, we'll cover the various student activities around campus. The schedule is pretty loose and there's room to explore solo the campus. While on campus, try running…

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Monday: we work hard to understand failure

With our recent FailDay what would be more appropriate than kicking of the Valley week with a whole day of celebrating failure! FailCon gathers the best entrepreneurs to share their lessons learned on the theme of failures, obstacles and making them work for you. Continuing from that we have invited Gagan Biyani to tell his story of how a first…

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Lessons learned in Silicon Valley -recap

A month back Aaltoes hosted a recap session on the legendary Silicon Valley Tour. We heard some of the entrepreneurs traveling with us share their key insights from the trip. Now the videos are uploaded, so if you want to hear the ideas that arose from visiting the number one entrepreneurial hotspot of the world, visit the links below: Aaltoes…

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