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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John Gardner Partner
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Companies involved:

Adknowledge
Cloudmark, Inc.
Hipmunk
Netpulse
PubMatic
RetailNext
Rocketfuel
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
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.  His realized investments have created over $1 billion value for shareholders and he has advised on acquisitions and IPOs valued at over $7 billion.

He is focused on NGP’s investments in Asia and the U.S. in the mobile, auto and local services sectors.  Paul is on the Board of CityMaps, Gigwalk, Intermedia, Luminate and Madhouse.  Paul has also been actively involved in Ganji, KongZhong, Network18 and UCWeb.  Prior to NGP, Paul worked at the International Finance Corporation, Cadence and Merrill Lynch.  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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Upal Basu Partner
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Companies involved:

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

Upal Basu

Partner

Upal brings more 18 years of technology and telecom experience both as an entrepreneur and strategy consultant. As Founder and CEO of Mformation Technologies, Upal helped establish the company as the leading Mobile Device Management software provider.

Prior to mFormation, he was a strategic management consultant for McKinsey & Company in New York and London where he advised clients on major acquisitions, new market entry strategies, and the creation of new businesses. 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. Upal is based in the US.

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Annie Lin Senior Associate
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Companies involved:

Gigwalk
Hipmunk
Kaltura
Luminate
Netpulse
PubMatic
RetailNext

Annie Lin

Senior Associate

Annie brings to Nokia Growth Partners her financial and operating experience across mobile, software and services, and private equity.

Prior to NGP, Annie worked at Twin Bridge Capital Partners, a US private equity asset manager. Previously, she spent several years working at startups. She worked in strategy and business development at BeVocal, a venture-backed mobile and enterprise speech startup acquired by Nuance Communications, and at Bolder Thinking, a cloud-based telephony service acquired by a CRM company. Prior to this, she was a management consultant for Accenture’s global strategy practice where she helped Fortune 500 companies identify new markets and develop technology strategies. She also held roles at Microsoft and Hitachi Data Systems.

Annie holds an MBA from The University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a Bachelors degree from The University of California, Berkeley. Annie is based in Silicon Valley.

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Kevin Lau Associate
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Companies involved:

CityMaps
Hipmunk
Zubie

Kevin Lau

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:

Heptagon
Fyber (Sponsorpay)
Innovis
Inside Secure
InVisage
Pelican Imaging

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)
Grand Cru
MAG Interactive
Omnidrone
 

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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David Tang Partner
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Companies involved:

UCWeb
Gridsum
MadHouse
Ganji
SolarVista Media

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

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 Senior Analyst

Allen Zhu

Senior Analyst

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
Innovis
Kaltura
Netmagic
Network 18
Quikr

Upal Basu

Partner

Upal brings more 18 years of technology and telecom experience both as an entrepreneur and strategy consultant. As Founder and CEO of Mformation Technologies, Upal helped establish the company as the leading Mobile Device Management software provider.

Prior to mFormation, he was a strategic management consultant for McKinsey & Company in New York and London where he advised clients on major acquisitions, new market entry strategies, and the creation of new businesses. 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. Upal is based in the US.

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Anupam Rastogi Principal
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Companies involved:

Innovis
Fashionandyou
TechProcess
Vizury
Yplan

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 India.

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Vivek Goyal Senior Analyst

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 India.

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May Jane Bedegi CFO, US

May Jane Bedegi

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Marjut Puttonen Administration, Europe

Marjut Puttonen

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Annika Sjöberg Marketing & Communications

Annika Sjöberg

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Jessie Liu Administration, China
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Manisha Kubba Administration, India

Manisha Kubba

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Julie Armi Administration, US