CEO and Co-founder of Yousician - World's Largest Music Educator. Founded in late 2010, the mission of Yousician is to make musicality as common as literacy. Using cutting edge audio signal processing, games, real musical instruments and a lot of re-thinking and overcoming the limitations of traditional music education. Yousician makes it fun, easy and motivating to learn to play an instrument. With over 40 million users worldwide, Yousician is today the largest music educator worldwide.
The team raised a $1.5M seed round from Silicon Valley based True Ventures and has since built a profitable business with a team of over 50 people in Helsinki, Tampere in Finland and in Sydney Australia. In 2012, Yousician was chosen the hottest start-up in Finland (WIRED magazine), and Yousician apps have won over 30 international awards and prizes (SXSW, Launch.edu, European best learning game,…). Yousician was one of the Winners of Start-up sauna Spring 2011, so Chris is both a Startup Sauna coach and alumni.
Prior to Yousician, Chris was working as a Laser scientist and was a guitar and piano dropout. Chris holds a B.Sc. in Systems Engineering from Switzerland and a M.Sc. in Industrial Management from Finland. When not working, Chris spends his time hiking, kayaking, climbing, cycling, cooking vegetarian food and reading about technology and society. And yeah, playing the piano of course!
The Drill Sergeant
This tough cookie’s got experience from both sides of the table, with vast expertise ranging from software to electronics and optics as well as health tech. He’s been fiercely learning the tricks of the trade as a VC, and pushed businesses into global markets as a CEO of venture-funded companies.
You might want to take the former Head Coach of Startup Sauna seriously, because this hardy chief makes business rookies go through blood, sweat and tears in order to learn what it takes to become a successful entrepreneur.
Juha “Sumppi” Kaunisto is currently founder at Big Tags. He has over 15 years of experience in building business in the Internet, with deep first hand experience on every part of the process from business strategy, marketing and concept to backend and user experience design and implementation. In short, the whole damn thing. In coaching he focuses especially in the tactical issues of startup development, from service concept to the actual end user experience.