Toni Soini, MSc – CEO and co-founder of Minima Processor. Toni is an accomplished senior engineering professional with hands-on experience in mobile device, smartphone and thin modem platforms. Toni has both engineering and senior leadership experience from working in companies such as Nokia (Finland, USA), Renesas Mobile, Broadcom (Finland, USA), Polar Electro, and several others. Toni also provides solid business, project management and product development advice through his advisory positions in multiple companies. His extensive experience within international R&D engineering leadership and global networking will bring immeasurable value to the company.
Jani Mäkipää, MSc – CPO (Chief Product Officer) and co-founder of Minima Processor. Jani has strong skills in ultra-low-power technology development and commercialization. Jani is a co-inventor in 5 patents, and he has also received several awards related to ultra-low power technology: the Turku science park award (Best business path, 2nd position), and the Runar Bäckström foundation’s Innovation award in 2015 and 2016. In addition, Jani has been involved in academic activity as an assistant in a number of IC design courses at Aalto University, has reviewed scientific publications, and co-arranged the WEEE: Workshop on Energy Efficient Electronics and Applications 2015 workshop.
Lauri Koskinen, PhD – CTO and co-founder of Minima Processor, Lauri brings broad design expertise to Minima ranging from ultra-low-power aspects of deep submicron transistors, up to the high-level realization of various systems (microcontrollers, deep learning, wireless biomedical sensors, audio and video coders). Lauri has 1 granted and 6 pending patents for the technology behind the Minima solution, and he is an author or co-author of 50+ papers in international conferences and journals. In his academic career, Lauri is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Turku, and he received a prestigious Fulbright Finland ASLA grant in the IC/Electronics field for a one year post-doctoral visit to the UC Berkeley Wireless Research Center.
Hannu Rämäkkö, MSc – Director, R&D. Hannu is an experienced R&D and business professional with a demonstrated history of working in various positions in the telecommunications industry. Before joining the Minima Processor team, he worked for companies such as Nokia, Tellabs, Elektrobit and Bittium. Hannu has a solid R&D process background via his project management positions within software and verification. In business management positions, he has achieved very good results in multimillion projects where he has had profit and loss responsibility.
Heikki Tenhunen, chairman of the board. Heikki Tenhunen is a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Oulu and has over 30 years experience in the wireless industry, including NXP Semiconductors, Broadcom Corporation, Renesas Mobile and Nokia. He has led global engineering and business teams in Europe, Asia, and North America and successfully driven consumer business at Nokia. He has held executive positions since 1998, and senior executive positions from 2010 onwards managing LTE wireless modem development, most recently heading the RF front end component business for mobile applications.
Juha Lindfors joined Lifeline in January 2016, and has been investing together with Petteri Koponen and Timo Ahopelto since 2010. Juha has been an active early-stage investor, and he has lengthy experience with the growth-focused private ownership model, working with the best private equity firms in the region. He was previously a partner with EQT, a leading private equity firm. Juha likes to spend his free time doing things with his family. He is also a keen reader and an occasional runner.
Jussi Harvela brings over 25 years of global high technology business leadership experience to his role at TactoTek. He led Finnish and US-based Solid Information Technology from the early stages of technology development and positioned it for acquisition by IBM. In addition, he has contributed to many successful companies as a CEO, investor, board chairman/member, and advisor. Jussi earned his master’s degree in software engineering, international marketing, and business strategy from the Helsinki University of Technology. He also has BA in music. Jussi is a keen sailor, and enjoys hunting, fishing and cooking. He has a passion for developing the Finnish high-tech economy and influences promotional, educational and technology transfer programs, such as Slush, StartUp Sauna, TEKES TULI and VTT Ventures Advisory, and participates in bridging those programs across global markets.
Hong Yan, Managing partner of CFT Nordic Capital, an early stage venture capital investor with a focus on the high-tech sector in Europe and the Nordic region. Hong has two decades of international business experience in the high-tech sectors of Europe and Asia. He has an M.Sc in Electrical Engineering/Telecommunications from Oulu University, an MBA from the Helsinki School of Economics, and a B.Sc in Electrical Engineering/Microelectronics from Beijing University of Technology.
Erkki Yli-Juuti is currently VP, Intellectual Property at SSH Communications Security. He has extensive experience in IPR and M&A matters, including more than 10 years with the Nokia IPR organization in various management positions. After more than 10 years with Nokia IPR, he joined Nokia Wireless Modem where he managed the strategy and portfolio management function and led the divestment project leading to the sale of the Nokia Wireless Modem business to Renesas. At Renesas Mobile he headed product roadmap and IPR activities. Erkki Yli-Juuti received his Master of Engineering Science degree in applied physics and his Licentiate in Technology degree in applied mathematics from the Helsinki University of Technology.