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Slush 2014 | Black Stage | Tuesday 18.11.2014
So Spotify changed the game! Now what?
Saku Tuominen, Frank Meehan, Pär-Jörgen Pärson


Pär-Jörgen Pärson - Board Member at Spotify, Partner at Northzone
Pär-Jörgen joined Northzone in April 2003, bringing another fifteen years of strategic analysis, creativity and entrepreneurship onboard. He has been active in Venture Capital and Private Equity since 1994, starting out with buy-outs in the consumer goods sectors, backing companies such as Falcon Breweries (sold to Carlsberg), and Candelia (sold to Cloetta Fazer). During this period he also privately acquired Falkeskog Delikatesser, a distressed seafood producer, which he managed through a successful turn-around process. Between 1998-2001 he built Cell Ventures, an early stage technology venture capital company to one of the hot European Internet investors with portfolio companies such as Pricerunner and Tradera. Cell Ventures in 2000 was sold to a publicly listed UK Investment Company for SEK 1.2 Billion. Similar to a few others at Northzone, Pär-Jörgen’s background is in management consulting. He worked with McKinsey & Co. in Europe and in the US, serving clients within the telecom, technology and consumer goods industries. Pär-Jörgen serves as a Board Member of Spotify, Avito, Widespace, and Bloglovin.

Frank Meehan - Co-Founder & Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures
Frank is a Co-Founder & Partner at SparkLabs Global Ventures and a Partner at SparkLabs, Asia’s premier accelerator based in Seoul. Frank was selected as part of the 2012 Wired UK Top 100 in tech, and Vanity Fair's The Next Establishment list 2010. He is currently on the board of Lifesum AB in Sweden.

Saku Tuominen - Creative Director at Idealist Group
Saku Tuominen founded Broadcasters, one of the most succesful Finnish independent tv production companies with Juha Tynkkynen in 1989. They sold the company twice, both times to Sweden but to different buyers, first to MTG and then to Zodiak Entertainment. In 2009-2010 Saku Tuominen was the Chief Creative Officer of Zodiak Entertainment, the world´s 3rd largest tv production company in London. During his 20 years in television he has produced thousands of hours of programmes and created almost 100 tv formats. In 2009 Saku Tuominen founded Idealist Group, a production company of ideas that has various activities ranging from digital media to the future of office work, from education to improving suburbs. He has been teaching creativity & innovation in more than a hundred companies around the world and in Aalto University in Helsinki. He has also written 7 books; 3 about innovation, 2 about Italian cuisine, one about the future of office work and one about good life. He was one of the founders of SATU – the association of Finnish Indepent producers and its first chairman. At the moment he is a board member of ELO Foundation that promotes Finnish Food Culture and supports Finnish gastronomy.

Slush is the focal point for startups and technology talent to meet with top-tier international investors, executives and media all around the world. The two-day event takes place every fall in the wintery Scandinavia amidst one the most dynamic tech ecosystems in the world. Organized by a large group of students, entrepreneurs and professional music festival organizers, Slush is one of the biggest startup events of the year with over 13,000 attendees.
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