Mika SalmiManaging Partner at Lakestar
Mika Salmi is a serial entrepreneur whose work life has been primarily centered on discovering
talent and driving new ideas.
Mika has searched for talent in numerous industries and has discovered Grammy and Oscar
winning artists, created the original online short video company, run the internet’s most popular
casual games web sites, built one of the first sports tracking apps, and pioneered new business
models in education.
A few examples are the Nine Inch Nails (music), Jason Reitman (film), JibJab (animation), AtomFilms
(online video), Shockwave/AddictingGames (games), MadRaces (sports) and INSEAD San
Francisco Hub for Business Innovation (education). This happened at companies where he was the
founder, CEO, or senior executive.
Entrepreneurs are Mika’s favorite kind of talent, and he enjoys helping them realize their ideas and
dreams for their start ups. He has done this working with Accel, Raine, and Sequoia. Now he’s a
Partner with Lakestar, a top global VC based in Europe.