Mika SalmiManaging Partner at Lakestar
Mika is Lakestar’s Managing Partner and sources early stage deals in the media and consumer sectors. He is a serial entrepreneur and angel investor who has built or brought to market globally-recognised brands, talent and products.
A Finnish and US dual national, Mika focuses on investments in the geographies where he has the strongest networks – the Nordics, Israel, and the US. With extensive operational experience, he also shapes and develops Lakestar’s growing organization.
Before Lakestar, Mika was a senior advisor to The Raine Group, a global investment and advisory firm focused on digital media, technology and sports industries. At Raine he focused on sourcing and assessing venture capital investments.
Prior to this, Mika was the CEO of a rapid-growth start-up called CreativeLive, a real-time video platform targeting the continuing education market. Mika has also worked for the past 15 years in a dealsourcing role, focused on angel-stage investments, for Sequoia Capital and Accel Partners.
He has founded several successful businesses, including Atom Entertainment, which was sold to the media giant Viacom for USD200 million. After the sale, he became President of Viacom.
Mika has an MBA from Insead, the prestigious international business school. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Insead.