Taneli Tikka has had an intensive & varied entrepreneurial career since 1999. His work with growth entrepreneurship & social media startups earned him the honorary title of ICT Opinion Leader of 2010. More than a decade ago Taneli quit his seemingly safe engineering job at Nokia to found his first startup. His entrepreneurial journey has included couple of major failures and several very successful companies. Taneli has been in leadership positions in companies like: IRC-Galleria, Dopplr, Soprano Plc, Taika, and Magenta. As a board director or advisor he has worked with more than 30 companies, including: Stardoll, Applifier, TLD Registry, Web of Trust, Umbra Software, BrandMNGR, Netcycler, Transfluent and PackageMedia. Taneli has studied in the Aalto University School of Economics, graduating 1st in academic standing from the Executive MBA class of 2004. Taneli has in-depth personal experience from venture capital and risk financing: having closed 13 venture rounds as an entrepreneur and having financed a couple of select companies himself as a business angel. He also has multiple exits from the startups over the years.