With over 250 years of combined investment experience, our team provides guidance, ideas, access to our local networks and seasoned entrepreneurial advice. We can offer tangible value through early market insights, new partnerships and new business opportunities that can transform the prospects for your growth-stage company.

 

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Upal Basu Partner
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Companies involved:

Deals and You
Digital Lumens
Fashion and You
Indix
Innovis
Kaltura
Netmagic
Network 18
Quikr
RapidMiner

Upal Basu

Partner

Upal has worked in the mobile and software technology industry for over 20 years. At NGP, Upal leads the global Connected Enterprise investing theme, where he focuses on mobile enterprise and Internet of Things investments. In addition he is responsible for managing NGP’s investments in India.

Prior to NGP, he was Founder and CEO of Mformation Technologies, the world’s largest mobile device management company, which was acquired by Alcatel-Lucent. Previously he was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company in New York and London. Prior to joining McKinsey, Upal led Product Management activities for Risk Management Solutions (RMS), a leading provider of software technologies for the management of insurance risks. Upal has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in Engineering from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Imperial College, London.

 

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John Gardner Partner
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Companies involved:

Adknowledge
Cloudmark, Inc.
Hipmunk
Netpulse
PubMatic
RetailNext
Rocketfuel
Sensoro
Verve Wireless
Vizury

John Gardner

Partner

John has led and managed investments in companies across the information technology spectrum, including enterprise software, carrier software, systems and component companies.

John comes to Nokia Growth Partners from BlueRun Ventures, where he was one of the founding partners. Prior to that, John held a senior business development role at Nokia and has over 20 years of experience advising and working with start-up and emerging businesses, including extensive transactional experience in mergers, acquisitions and venture capital investments. John holds an MBA from the University of Chicago and a law degree from the University of Cincinnati – College of Law. John is based in Silicon Valley.

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Paul Asel Partner
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Companies involved:

CityMaps
Intermedia
Luminate
Ganji.com
Gigwalk
Gridsum
KongZhong
Madhouse, Inc.
Network 18
SolarVista Media
Techprocess Solutions
UCWeb
Whistle
WorkFusion
Yplan
Zubie

Paul Asel

Partner

Paul is Managing Partner of Nokia Growth Partners (NGP) and has more than 25 years of investment experience across the U.S., Europe and Asia.  Paul was an early investor in several $1B+ exits, including UCWeb and Ganji, the two largest technology acquisitions in China. He has been engaged in acquisitions and IPOs valued cumulatively at over $25 billion. He is focused on NGP’s investments in Asia and the U.S. as well as the mobile, auto and local services sectors. Paul is currently on the Boards of CityMaps, Gigwalk, Intermedia, Whistle and Madhouse.

Prior to NGP, Paul was responsible for technology investments in Asia at the International Finance Corporation. Previously, he oversaw M&A and corporate venture activity at Cadence Design Systems and worked at Merrill Lynch in investment banking. He received an MBA from Stanford and a BA from Dartmouth.   Paul is co-author of Upward Bound:  Lessons of How Nine Leaders Achieved their Summits.  He is an Advisory Board member at the University of Baltimore and has served as an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason School of Public Policy. 

 

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Todd Forrest Operating Partner

Todd Forrest

Todd Forrest is Operating Partner at NGP where he oversees company operations. His role includes finance and administration, and Todd plays an active role in assisting the investment teams with portfolio company matters including structuring, diligence, operational matters, and exit strategy and execution.  Prior to NGP, Todd was Partner, CFO & CCO of JH Partners, a $1B private equity firm focused on small-to-mid market consumer product companies.  Previously, he was Partner and CFO at Hummer Winblad Ventures Partners, a $1B venture capital firm focused on early-stage software companies.  Todd began his career at Price Waterhouse and was VP Finance of Critical Path, one of the fastest growing, publicly-traded software companies at the time.

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Anupam Rastogi Principal
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Companies involved:

Innovis
TechProcess
Vizury
Yplan
Zoomcar

Anupam Rastogi

Principal

Anupam brings over 14 years of operating, product and investing experience in mobile, Internet and media industries. Having lived and worked in the US, India and Europe, he brings global experience to NGP and NGP’s portfolio companies.

Prior to NGP, Anupam worked with Comcast’s media investments division, where he helped assess M&A, international joint ventures and partnership opportunities in the media and Internet spaces. Previously, he was a management consultant to private equity, startup and operating clients on investment due diligence, M&A and growth strategies in the technology and telecom space. Before that he spent several years at Winphoria/Motorola and Verizon in product leadership roles, where he helped bring multiple innovative Internet and telecom convergence products to market. Anupam has co-authored 6 international patents and publications in wireless and embedded systems domains.

Anupam holds an MBA from The Wharton School, where he was a William Warne Fellow. He also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from IIT Delhi and UT Austin respectively, and studied Innovation at MIT as an Advanced Study Fellow. Anupam is based in the US.

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Kevin Lau Senior Associate
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Companies involved:

CityMaps
Hipmunk
Peloton
RapidMiner
Zubie

Kevin Lau

Senior Associate

Kevin brings to NGP his experience working in finance and on transactions with both startups and blue-chip companies. He has focused on the analytics and security software, internet, and IT services sectors.

Kevin previously worked in the corporate development group at Microsoft, where he evaluated and executed strategic acquisitions, divestitures, and investments, primarily in the enterprise software divisions. Prior to Microsoft, Kevin worked on large-cap technology M&A and restructuring transactions as an investment banker at Lazard Freres. Kevin has also evaluated growth investments in Greater China while working at private equity firm TPG, and he helped launch an advanced threat protection product as a product manager at high-growth security SaaS provider Proofpoint.

Kevin holds an MBA, with honors, from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where he was a Haas Venture Fellow, and an MS in Computer Info Systems from Boston University. Kevin graduated as a University Scholar from the University of Pennsylvania, with a BSEcon in Accounting, Finance, and Management from the Wharton School, and a BA in International Relations, minor in Political Science.

Kevin is actively involved in volunteer work for children without full support structures, specifically at Lily of the Valley orphanage in South Africa and El Salero Youth Center in Nicaragua. Kevin is based in Silicon Valley.

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Bo Ilsoe Partner
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Companies involved:

Babbel
Cedexis
Fyber (Sponsorpay)
GetYourGuide
Heptagon
Innovis
Inside Secure
InVisage
MAG Interactive
Moovit
Omnidrone
Pelican Imaging
Yoogaia

Bo Ilsoe

Partner

Bo has more than two decades of experience in venture capital, investment management, fundraising, organizational and strategic development as well as sales and marketing. Having lived and worked in the UK, Italy, France, Switzerland, Finland, Spain and Singapore, he comes with a global view to business.

 Bo began his career in the telecom infrastructure business with Alcatel and Nokia where he launched some of the first GSM networks in the world and negotiated GSM supply contracts in Europe and South East Asia. In 2002 he joined Vertex Management, where he managed several investments with successful M&A transactions generating in excess of $300 million. Bo has also started two companies and raised money for an investment fund focused on Eastern Europe. Bo graduated with honors with a Masters in Electronics Engineering from Aalborg University, Denmark. Bo is based in Europe.

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Walter Masalin Principal
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Companies involved:

Babbel
Fyber (SponsorPay)
GetYourGuide
Grand Cru
MAG Interactive
Moovit
Omnidrone
Yoogaia
 

Walter Masalin

Principal

Walter brings more than 10 years of consumer internet and mobile technology experience to NGP from both large organizations and smaller startups. Walter focuses on investments in media and entertainment globally, including gaming and education technology. His board responsibilities include Babbel, Grand Cru and MAG Interactive.

Prior to joining NGP in 2010, he worked in strategy and business development at Nokia, including corporate M&A and business development in Nokia’s games division. Before joining Nokia in 2008, he helped launch a social networking start-up where he led international business development.

Walter holds a M.Sc. in Engineering Physics from Helsinki University of Technology, a M.Sc. in Economics from Helsinki School of Economics and studied Economics and Psychology at Harvard University. Walter has been a passionate gamer since elementary school and also enjoys sports, especially tennis and snowboarding. Walter is based in Europe.

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Vivek Goyal Senior Analyst
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Companies involved:

Cedexis
Digital Lumens
GetYourGuide
Indix
Kaltura
WorkFusion
ZoomCar

 

Vivek Goyal

Senior Analyst

 

Vivek brings to Nokia Growth Partners his operating and strategy consulting experience across Telecomm, Media, Consumer Goods, Chemicals, Private Equity and Auto industries.

Prior to NGP, Vivek worked at A.T. Kearney as a management consultant. He advised clients on market entry, product strategy, cost reduction and due-diligence. Before that, he also worked for IBM India Research Lab in the High Performance Computing group. Vivek has co-authored a publication in the Parallel Computing domain and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from IIT Delhi. Vivek is based in Finland.

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Daniel Niemi Analyst
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Companies involved:

GetYourGuide
Moovit
Yoogaia

Daniel Niemi

Analyst

Daniel brings experience from banking and finance to NGP. He has previously held positions in both treasury and financial analytics. At NGP, Daniel is engaged with investment opportunities in Europe and is passionate about how mobile and connectivity everywhere will change our lives.

Daniel holds a B.Sc. in Finance from Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki. Before graduating with distinction in 2014, he spent time in Singapore studying business strategy and management. As a former athlete representing Finland in the national junior alpine skiing team, Daniel also enjoys ice hockey and sailing. Daniel is based in Helsinki.

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David Tang Partner
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Companies involved:

Ganji
Gridsum
MadHouse
Sensoro
SolarVista Media
UCWeb

David Tang

Partner

David Tang is the Partner and Managing Director of Nokia Growth Partners (NGP). David also serves as an Independent Board Director of two publicly listed companies, Kingsoft Corporation Limited and YY Inc.

David brings more than 20 years of global and Chinese operational experience in the IT industry to NGP. David has managed businesses of various sizes up to yearly revenue of RMB60 billion and is well known in the Chinese venture community as an advisor to leading mobile businesses such as UCWeb and Ganji.

Prior to joining NGP, David was the Corporate Senior Vice President and President of AMD Greater China. From 2004-2010, David held various positions in Nokia including Chairman of Nokia Telecommunications Ltd and Vice Chairman of Nokia (China) Investment Co., Ltd, where he led the China region to grow market share from 20% to over 40%. David has also held senior positions in Apple, 3Com, DEC, and AST. David is a top business leader in China who has also served as Vice President of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, Vice Chairman of the China Association of Enterprises with Foreign Investments, and Vice Chairman of the Beijing International Chamber of Commerce. He has received numerous awards for his great work throughout the years including one of the “Ten Best Professional Managers of the Decade” by CEO & CIO Magazine in China. David has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering from California State University at Long Beach and a MBA from California State University at Fullerton.

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Lu Guo Principal
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Companies involved:

Meican
AE mobile
Sensoro

Lu Guo

Principal

Lu brings to Nokia Growth Partners over 14 years of experience in technology sector. His professional experience includes venture investment, merger & acquisition, management consulting, R&D, and entrepreneurship.

Lu joins NGP from Keytone Ventures where he was focusing on early and growth stage investments in the technology sector. Prior to Keytone, Lu worked for Bain & Co as a management consultant, helping PE and corporate clients on investment strategy and due diligence work in China. Lu has also worked for Oracle on partnership, strategic investment and merger & acquisition in telecom sector. Early in his career Lu worked in product development, where he served ADI and Amdocs and also cofounded a startup in the telecom and software sector.

Lu holds an MBA from Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley. He also holds a Bachelor’s degree of Electronic Engineering from Tsinghua University and a Master’s degree of Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University. Lu is based in China.

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Allen Zhu Associate

Allen Zhu

Associate

Allen brings multiple years of investment banking and M&A advisory experience to Nokia Growth Partners. During this time, he was heavily involved in executions of a number of transactions in China. He was primarily focused on TMT, consumer, and general industrial sectors.

Prior to joining NGP in 2014, he was interim CFO/COO of Che101.com, an internet start-up that focused on pre-owned automotive retailing in China. Prior to the start-up, Allen was an investment banker and one of the earliest members of Moelis & Company’s Beijing office, focusing on cross-border mergers and acquisitions. Allen has also been an investment banker at China International Capital Corporation (CICC), one of China’s most prominent investment banks, advising large-cap Chinese corporations on cross-border and domestic M&A and restructuring transactions.

Allen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in mathematics with academic honor from Carleton College, where he was a Starr Scholarship recipient. The scholarship was granted to eight students with leadership potential from Asia each year by the Starr Foundation to attend Carleton College. Graduates are expected to return to Asia to contribute in the development of Asia.

Allen is a Mandarin and English speaker, and he is based in Beijing, China.

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Upal Basu Partner
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Companies involved:

Deals and You
Digital Lumens
Fashion and You
Indix
Innovis
Kaltura
Netmagic
Network 18
Quikr
RapidMiner

Upal Basu

Partner

Upal has worked in the mobile and software technology industry for over 20 years. At NGP, Upal leads the global Connected Enterprise investing theme, where he focuses on mobile enterprise and Internet of Things investments. In addition he is responsible for managing NGP’s investments in India.

Prior to NGP, he was Founder and CEO of Mformation Technologies, the world’s largest mobile device management company, which was acquired by Alcatel-Lucent. Previously he was a management consultant for McKinsey & Company in New York and London. Prior to joining McKinsey, Upal led Product Management activities for Risk Management Solutions (RMS), a leading provider of software technologies for the management of insurance risks. Upal has an MBA from Harvard Business School, an MS in Engineering from Stanford University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Imperial College, London.

 

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Anupam Rastogi Principal
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Companies involved:

Innovis
TechProcess
Vizury
Yplan
Zoomcar

Anupam Rastogi

Principal

Anupam brings over 14 years of operating, product and investing experience in mobile, Internet and media industries. Having lived and worked in the US, India and Europe, he brings global experience to NGP and NGP’s portfolio companies.

Prior to NGP, Anupam worked with Comcast’s media investments division, where he helped assess M&A, international joint ventures and partnership opportunities in the media and Internet spaces. Previously, he was a management consultant to private equity, startup and operating clients on investment due diligence, M&A and growth strategies in the technology and telecom space. Before that he spent several years at Winphoria/Motorola and Verizon in product leadership roles, where he helped bring multiple innovative Internet and telecom convergence products to market. Anupam has co-authored 6 international patents and publications in wireless and embedded systems domains.

Anupam holds an MBA from The Wharton School, where he was a William Warne Fellow. He also holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Computer Science from IIT Delhi and UT Austin respectively, and studied Innovation at MIT as an Advanced Study Fellow. Anupam is based in the US.

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Vivek Goyal Senior Analyst
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Companies involved:

Cedexis
Digital Lumens
GetYourGuide
Indix
Kaltura
WorkFusion
ZoomCar

 

Vivek Goyal

Senior Analyst

 

Vivek brings to Nokia Growth Partners his operating and strategy consulting experience across Telecomm, Media, Consumer Goods, Chemicals, Private Equity and Auto industries.

Prior to NGP, Vivek worked at A.T. Kearney as a management consultant. He advised clients on market entry, product strategy, cost reduction and due-diligence. Before that, he also worked for IBM India Research Lab in the High Performance Computing group. Vivek has co-authored a publication in the Parallel Computing domain and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from IIT Delhi. Vivek is based in Finland.

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