Expanding to North America: here’s how you do it in 2021

Jouko Virtanen from Takeoff Partners has overseen several successful expansions to North America. He says that in 2021, the same laws apply to how to make it successful as before—but you need to also turn the accelerating digitalization to your advantage.

6+1 tips for renewing growth company board

The board of a growth company can bring a great deal of insight, professionalism and opportunities to the company, but only if it is set up the right way. The same goes for changing the board. This article discusses renewing the board: when, why and how.

Takeoff Academy – Focus on SaaS sales

Is reducing SaaS churn rate part of sales? Absolutely. Customer success should be understood as part of sales for B2B SaaS, and the teams organized and measured accordingly. This was one of the key takeaways of this month's Takeoff Academy.

Futures Platform secures EUR 1 million financing

Futures Platform, the SaaS company behind the leading foresight tool that makes it fast and easy to analyze alternative future scenarios, today announced that it has secured EUR 1M in funding.

Markko Vaarnas to lead growth network Boardman2020

Takeoff Partners’ Managing Partner Markko Vaarnas takes the helm of the Boardman2020 network. Boardman2020, or ‘B2020’, focuses on developing board performance and entrepreneurship in Finnish growth companies.

Takeoff Academy: Best Practices in B2B SaaS Marketing

SaaS marketers should first understand the customer’s problem, and only then consider the variety of marketing approaches. 13 companies took part in the Takeoff Academy workshop on “Best Practices in SaaS Marketing”. We summarize the workshop discussions.

Key Takeaways from SaaStock 2017

"SaaStock17 in Dublin was a highly useful 3 days. I am not only impressed by the quality of the content insights shared in the stage program, but also about the overall quality of participants."

Key Takeaways from Finance Board 2017

Finance Board 2017 on March 9th brought together finance providers, entrepreneurs and business leaders interested in financing international growth. Read Markkos key takeaways of the event.

SaaS company, utilize your Board and advisors

Recently, we have announced three investments, in Futures Platform, Artist Exchange, and most recently, in PilviTM. Each one wants to actively bring in and utilize external advisory as help when reaching for their growth targets.

Key takeaways from SaaStock, Dublin

We visited the SaaStock event in Dublin, Ireland in October. Here re some of the key findings from the presentations and discussions. THE key lesson? Invest in client monetization and retention more than in new client acquisition.

Success factors of internationalization – eBook

Taking startup global is a trending topic around the world. Yet there is very little publicly available literature on structuring the phases of taking a business overseas. This White Paper discusses – through a framework approach...

Tips for summer reading: My Top 10 business books

With summer holidays around the corner, I’m looking forward to the usual sunshine and family time, but also to occasional hideaways with a few insightful books. I know I’m not alone so I thought of listing out my own all time favorites on the business b..

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2016!

Let's enjoy the Holiday Season and build a Successful 2016 together! Instead of mailing out Christmas cards this year, we have supported the Startup Refugees initiative.

Growing into a global thought leader: How to?

In this article we discuss thought leadership, and why we would advise an internationalizing company to aim for it. ‘Positioning’ is the fourth success factor out of five in our Takeoff Success Factors framework.

How to avoid chaos while growing?

We’ve already covered two of the five success factors in internationalizing B2B software and service businesses, ‘People’ and ‘Solution’. It’s time to introduce the third one: ‘Scalability’. How do we make sure we won’t reinvent the wheel?

5 steps to take a B2B software product or service global

We have introduced ‘People’ as the first of five key success factors in internationalizing B2B software or service businesses. Second in line is ‘Solution’. The very thing that fills a global need and is at the core of the business opportunity.

Our background: The Blancco story

Blancco is the world’s leading provider of data erasure software. Founded in 1997, Blancco is headquartered in Finland and operates through 17 international offices and partners globally. Blancco is wholly owned subsidiary of Regenersis since 2014.

Our background: The GIA story

Global Intelligence Alliance Group (GIA) introduced the idea of “market intelligence as a service” to the corporate world. During 15 years and with the support of CapMan, 3i Group and private investors, the Finnish startup grew into a 15MEUR business.