Startup Grind Zurich Hosts Mikko Alasaarela


Mikko Alasaarela, Linko, Inc.

Founder & CEO, Linko, Inc. San Francisco | Berlin | Helsinki
-Mikko is a creative entrepreneur and occasional angel investor focusing on user experience (UX) and artificial intelligence (AI) startups. His special interest area is mobile services that utilize contextual data in innovative ways. He currently devotes his time to Linko, a mobile enterprise software startup based in San Francisco, Berlin and Helsinki.

Prior Linko, Mikko has founded and built six startups in multiple countries and in various areas of technology. Out of these, he has so far profitably sold three. During his many years of entrepreneurship, he has traveled the planet and lived in Helsinki, London, Berlin and San Francisco, which has yielded a strong global network.

Mikko has a MSc in Business Administration from Turku School of Economics but he really likes design and engineering. As a testament to his passion for design and user experience, he has won the coveted Red Dot Design Award.


Important details of venue location.


7:00 Networking and Food
8:00 Fireside Chat
9:00 Networking


Hosted By Timothy Chuma, Director of Startup Grind Zurich

With a background in enterprise application development, having worked as a freelance CRM/ERP consultant for over 7 years, Tim brings Startup Grind to Zurich, Switzerland to prove that Switzerland is more than cheese and chocolate. Tim is the founder and CEO of Censeo Computing, a Microsoft Bizspark startup that provides Saas front office applications for the financial service sector. An über fan of anything CRM/CXM, he shares his experiences through his blog The CRM Guy Swiss. He is currently lives in Zug, Switzerland with startup CEO wife and  two lovely kids.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @censeocomputing

Hosted By David Butler, Director of Startup Grind Zurich

David Butler is a serial networker and social media aficionado. Both David’s strong social presence and his love of testing beta versions of new products coming from Zurich’s many startups, have made him a sought after advisor in many industries. Fully engaged in the Swiss Startup Scene, promoting it's innovation with events, networking, twitter, and connecting the dots.
Email: [masked] | Twitter: @david_a butler

Global Partners

Google Cloud
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Local Partners

Canton of Zurich
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What is Startup Grind?

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs. We host monthly events in more than 50 cities and 20 countries featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies. Our monthly fireside chat interviews, startup mixers and annual conferences provide ample opportunities to connect with amazing startups and the people behind them, tap into a strong support network, form meaningful connections and gain inspiration for the startup journey ahead. For more information visit or follow us on twitter @StartupGrind.

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  • Silke W.

    What an inspiring event. Great to hear Mikko talk about his experiences and the importance of getting the pitch and the value proposition right. Thank you, Mikko and David.

    1 · October 22, 2013

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