Kim Väisänen, founder of the data erasure company Blancco, has joined Takeoff Partners, a Finnish team of experienced growth advisors and private investors. Väisänen sold Blancco in 2014 and has since been an active investor and coach for many aspiring Finnish startups.
Takeoff Partners specializes in internationalizing B2B
software and service businesses. Kim Väisänen who during his Blancco career
received numerous export and growth entrepreneurship related awards in Finland,
further solidifies the Takeoff Partners team in its core area of expertise.
Under Väisänen’s leadership, Blancco grew from a small software company in the
hinterlands of Finland into a global market leader in data erasure. Blancco was
sold to the UK-based Regenersis (LON: RGS) in 2014 in a 60 MEUR acquisition.
”I have worked with ambitious Finnish growth companies
for a while already, bringing to the table my experience and networks for them
to utilize, and also investing in some of them. The experience and interests of
the Takeoff Partners team align nicely with those of my own, and it’s great to
be able to help Finnish companies go abroad together”, says Väisänen.
”Kim Väisänen is an excellent addition to our team
whose focus is already heavily on internationalizing B2B software and
services”, says Markko Vaarnas, Managing partner of Takeoff Partners. ”The most
valuable thing that we can give to the companies we work with is our own
experience and hands-on support, and Kim can offer plenty of both. Growth and
internationalization obviously require financial resources as well, and our
roles as investors and arrangers of finance coincide nicely. Finally, we share a
keen interest to help raise new international success stories out of Finland
that is currently going through a major transition in its industrial structure”,
The entrepreneurial experience of the rest of the
Takeoff Partners team stems mainly from the market intelligence company Global
Intelligence Alliance (GIA) that was grown from a small Finnish startup into a
global leader in its field. GIA was sold to M-Brain Group in 2014.
Kim Väisänen, tel. +358 (0)50 585 2885
Markko Vaarnas, tel. +358 (0)40 540 3390
About Takeoff Partners
Partners is a Finnish team of experienced growth advisors and private
investors. As entrepreneurs, Takeoff Partners’ experts have built pioneering
businesses from the ground up into global leaders, working successfully with
Fortune 500 customers and venture capital investors alike.