Our Team

We are a diverse team with a vast array of experience in harnessing modern technologies - with backgrounds in education, software development, 3D printing, VR, AR, machine learning and electronics.

 

Kristo Lehtonen

Kristo Lehtonen,

CEO

10+ years experience as business leader and line manager.

Has successfully developed new businesses, ventures and change initiatives in Augmented Reality (AR), M2M, sustainability and mobile telephony at 3DBear and Nokia.

Master of Science in Engineering (graduation with distinction) and Master of Economics (International Marketing).

 

Jussi Kajala

Jussi Kajala,

COO

COO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of 3DBear Ltd. (mother company) and CEO of US subsidiary 3DBear Inc.

10+ years experience in business strategy, financing and technology commercialization.

Formerly lead of 3D printing programme at Tekes.

Best salesman in Spinverse Capital and Consulting. Ph.D., MA from University of Cambridge, UK.

Pekka Salokannel

Pekka Salokannel,

CDO

Formerly founder of Kokosom, 3D printed eyewear.

World class 3D model designer, sought after speaker internationally.

10+ years of experience in 3D printing at Tinkercad and Fabrigate.

Runs pioneering educational 3D printing programmes.

Olli Niskanen

Olli Niskanen,

CTO

Formerly one of the leading games platform developers at Futurice.

Top talent in international Unity community, expert in Lean Service Creation and Agile software development.

Developed e.g. Finavia user inteface.

5+ years of experience in software development.

Maria Muuri

Maria Muuri,

CPO

Pedagogical expert who has written globally sold school books for primary education. She's been vice principal in one of the most innovative schools in Finland: Matinlahti school in Espoo. Maria has over 15 years of experience as a teacher and education expert.

Mathias Siig Nørregaard

Mathias Siig Nørregaard,

Unity Lead

A world-class software developer specializing in 3D technology and cutting-edge user interfaces. Formerly at Futurice, one of the leading software consultancies in Finland, he brings lots of experience in building demanding mobile AR apps. Has written software for several major Finnish corporations like Finavia, Yle and HSL. Has a background in ICT engineering.

Rasmus Borg

Rasmus Borg,

Customer Success Lead & Pedagogic Specialist

Junyi Sun

Junyi Sun,

Pedagogic Specialist

Investors & Advisors

Rethink Education VC

Rethink Education VC

US-based Rethink Education VC invests in entrepreneurial companies that are at the forefront of the education technology industry and have the potential for significant, transformative social impact. The most important Edtech VC in New York City, the capital center of the world.

LearnStart VC

LearnStart VC

LearnStart is the seed fund of San Fransisco -based Learn Capital, which is the older Edtech VC in US and one of the leading Edtech VCs in the world. Its purpose is creating the largest, most detailed pipeline of global education technology companies.

Alan Greenberg

Alan Greenberg

Previously led Apple Education in EMEA and Asia. Currently Advisor and VC. Mentor at Microsoft Ventures, Telefonica WAYRA Accelerator, Founders Factory and Start Up Bootcamp IOT. Advisory Board of 8GT Fund. Executive Board of WideCells Group Plc and SVP & Founder of Wideacademy. Advisor and Mentor to a porffolio of education technology businesses in Europe, China and US.

David Perloff

David Perloff

Has founded several successful Silicon Valley high tech companies, and is actively involved as a mentor, board member and board observer in early stage high tech companies. Dave actively supports K-12 education in Maine and California through the Perloff Family Foundation, which provides educational grants to schools and teachers. Holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Brown University, Has been awarded a number of patents in the field of semiconductor measurement technology,

Mitch Weisburgh

Mitch Weisburgh

World-class investor and Advisor for top-end edtech startups in US.

Founded and grew two companies in the education and training field.

Mitch is making a mark on education by helping companies and non profits become sustainable through helping students.

Esko Aho

Esko Aho

Former Prime Minister of Finland. Last 20+ years in different Executive and Board membership positions. Currently e.g. an advisor for JPMorgan.

Vesa Pihlajamaa, Keski-Pohjanmaan Kirjapaino Oyj

Vesa Pihlajamaa, Keski-Pohjanmaan Kirjapaino Oyj

30+ years experience in different executive and Board membership positions. CEO of Keski-Pohjanmaan Kirjapaino Oyj, a public media and publishing company.

Hannu Vaajoensuu

Hannu Vaajoensuu

20+ years of experience in scaling startups. Founder and former chair of Board of Directors of Basware, a publicly listed software company. A board professional and private investor. Specialties: Strategy and managing growth.

Kaisa Olkkonen

Kaisa Olkkonen

CEO of SSH, a publicly listed Internet security company in Finland as well as a member of several Boards of Directors, including in publicly listed company Cargotec.

Laura Koponen, Spinverse Group Oy

Laura Koponen, Spinverse Group Oy

Managing Director of Spinverse Innovation Management, the Nordic leader in multiparty public and private R&D project funding (>1000M€ in 10 years).

Glyn Eggar

Glyn Eggar

Director at Eggar Actuarial Services Limited. Professional investor and serial entrepreneur.

Raghunath Koduvayur

Raghunath Koduvayur

Visionary in international marketing with experience from world class companies such as Tieto and Microsoft. Serial entrepreneur, startup advisor and speaker.

Veli-Pekka Saarnivaara

Veli-Pekka Saarnivaara

Former Director-General of Tekes, Finnish Funding Agency for Research and Innovation. “Grand father” of Finnish startup ecosystem.

Tero Lehtonen

Tero Lehtonen

Business leader at Kone. Helps startups develop world-class business models. Several leadership positions in Elisa, Nokia and Microsoft.

Jouni Partanen

Jouni Partanen

Professor at Aalto University (3D printing research).
Former VP R&D of DPSS
Lasers. 12 years of experience of key technology and business
leadership in 3D Systems, the world leading 3D Printing
Company. Professor Partanen has had an active role in 3DBear since its very start, mentoring and guiding its advisors.