Ari is an Angel investor, venture capitalist and the founder of Lagoon Capital investment Company. Ari has been a successful technology entrepreneur for 20 years and a Business Angel for 10. He developed his own company, Komartek , into an international success story, selling it to WM-data in 2004 and taking the role of Vice President.
Within the last 10 years, Ari has made Angel investments in 29 companies, with 86 investment rounds in total. These include MariaDB, DealDash, Surveypal, Sympa, Miradore, In4mo, FlashNode, Thirdpresence and 360 Cities. From these, he has had three successful exits; from Severa, Paytrail and The Switch.
Ari is also an investor in venture capital funds that include Seedcamp, 500 Start-ups, True Global Ventures and Spintop Ventures. In Spintop he is also Senior Advisor and Investment committee member. He is also a member of Seedcamp Investment commitee. Ari is an Investment council member in Finnish Industry Investments.
Ari was nominated by EBAN as European Business Angel of the Year in 2009 and elected by FiBAN as Business Angel of the Year in Finland in 2014. He is a co-founder of FiBAN and was Vice Chairman of the Board during 2010-2012. Ari has been an EBAN board member and Vice-President since 2012. He is also a member of EstBAN. Ari has been featured in several business magazines and blogs. He holds a Master of Science degree in engineering from Lappeenranta University of Technology.