Fireside chat with a group of Russian economy experts - Making money based on Russian startups and scientific assets at Slush 2014.
Arkady Dvorkovich, Deputy PM of the Russian Federation
Alexander Galitsky, Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Almaz Capital Partners
Dmitry Chikhachev, Co-founder and Managing partner of Runa Capital
Alexey Sitnikov, Vice President of Institutional and Resource Development at Skoltech
Pekka Viljakainen, Advisor to the President of Skolkovo
Arkady Dvorkovich (1972) is one of the key architects of Russia’s boosting startup scene and knowledge-based economy. As a deputy prime minister, he is responsible for the state policy of innovation activities in Russia. He has served in various positions in Russian government during his carrier. During Mr Medvedev’s presidency he acted as president’s advisor on global economics. In his free time, Mr Dvorkovich is well-known for his love of chess on top of many other sports.
Alexander Galitsky is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner of Almaz Capital Partners. Alexander is a well-known entrepreneur and investor in Russia/CIS, Europe and USA. Prior to Almaz, Alexander formed the ICT investment practice at Russian Technologies, one of the first venture capital funds in Russia and founded five successful high-tech companies. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Alexander served as one of the top technical executives for the Soviet space industry, where he worked on the MIR space station and the Soviet “Star Wars” response. Alexander has been honored numerous times as the most influential person in the Russian IT and Internet industry by Forbes. Alexander serves on the Skolkovo Foundation Board and as Chairman of the advisor committee for Russian Venture Company.
Dmitry Chikhachev is co-founder and managing partner at Runa Capital venture fund. Dmitry is also the chairman of board at «Phystech» IT-cluster, a large infrastructural project at MIPT - one of Europes’s leading tech universities that trains students in various fields of modern science and technology. Dmitry holds an MS degree in Applied Mathematics and Physics from the MIPT. Dmitry's investment interests span complex software, mobile, virtualization and could computing. He led deal execution for NGINX, Jelastic, LinguaLeo, Ecwid, Cellrox and other Runa Capital companies as well as latest fund’s exits. Dmitry is a ‘hands on’ investor and helps portfolio companies with fundraising, recruitment, strategy and technology. In summer 2014 Dmitry and partners launched $200M Runa Capital Fund II looking to invest the best tech-companies across the Globe. Twitter: @DChikhachev
Alexei Sitnikov joined the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) in October of 2011 and currently serves as Vice President of Institutional and Resource Development. Alexei’s responsibilities include establishment of the administrative structure within the Institute, formulation and execution of the financial model and the budget, creation and development of the Endowment as well as establishment of wide partnership networks for Skoltech.
Mr Viljakainen (1972) started his first IT business at the age of 13, around 28 years ago. After a long journey with Tieto group (www.tieto.com), as an executive and biggest private shareholder, he has changed his life. After compiling his 26-year long leadership mistakes and insights into one “No Fear” book (www.nofear-community.com) he was invited to advance innovation development in Russian Federation. Pekka is known for his very hands on, real street fighter mode of leadership, innovations and philanthropy. He is also known in all continents by his nickname bulldozer. In his free time he is very fond of triathlon and piloting helicopters.
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Slush 2015 in 100 Photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/slushmedia/sets/72157661297750065
In 2015, Slush brought together 15.000 attendees, including 1.700 startups, 800 venture capital investors and 630 journalists from exactly 100 countries. People from more than half of the world’s countries traveled to the cold and dark Helsinki, with the ambition of taking their business to the next level.
Slush is a non-profit event organized by a community of entrepreneurs, investors, students and festival organizers. Although Slush has grown from a 300-person event to become one of the leading events of its kind in the world, the philosophy behind it has remained the same: to help the next generation of great, world-conquering companies forward.