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BirthplaceHelsinki, Finland


University of Montreal, BS 1999
University of Helsinki, MS 2002
Lancaster University, PhD 2006

Current Companies

Director of Product Management

Former Companies

Co-Founder & Chairman
Senior Product Manager, Internet Handhelds
Product Manager
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Jyri Engestrom

Jyri Engestrom is an Internet entrepreneur. He cofounded Jaiku, which grew into the leading European microblogging service and was acquired by Google in 2007.

At Google Jyri was responsible for mobile applications including Mobile Calendar and the Gmail Mobile client, and spearheaded Google’s efforts in social media, starting up Google Buzz, Google Profiles, and Google Latitude.

He left Google to become an angel investor and start his own new company, Pingpin. Prior to Jaiku Jyri worked as Senior Product Manager, Internet Handhelds at Nokia.

A sociologist by training, he is noted for coining the term ‘social object’ to refer to photos, bookmarks, and other shareable Web content.

Recent Milestones


Company Date Round Size Participants
Valkee 6/2013Series A$9.7M4
Tinkercad 11/2011Seed$1M5
Valkee 12/2010Angel€400k4



  1. Valkee, The Profitable Startup That Shines Lights Through Your Ears, Raises $9.7M ( [edit]
  2. Tinkercad Raises $1 Million, Aims To Popularize 3D Printing ( [edit]
  3. Valkee Raises €400K in Angel Funding Round ( [edit]
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