Mikko Välimäki

Start-ups, management thoughts and political opinions


My career has been all about starting and building stuff from the ground up. Every business veteran has their success story – mine is Tuxera, which I’ve been building together with Szabolcs Szakacsits since 2008 when I had just turned 32.

I started out selling my own computer games through mail order back in high school. Later, after university, I founded a law firm and a couple of software startups. I also founded a political advocacy group and built a name for myself as a legal expert specializing in intellectual property, and spoke on this topic as a guest lecturer in universities throughout Europe and the US.

My latest projects include a commercial property business and Movementals – an electric scooter company. These days I'm also helping and advising entrepreneurs with their business ideas.


I've studied management throughout my entire career. My favorite all-time guru is Peter Drucker, whose writing is crystal clear. That said, I most value my own experience and after founding numerous startups, I'm now sharing what I have learned. I do one-on-one coaching with the up-and-coming entrepreneurs through FiBAN, Startup Sauna and informal networks. I also give guest lectures and keynotes on the lessons I’ve learned from my entrepreneurial journey: from building and selling products, to creating teams and long-lasting business partnerships.


I’m interested in political advocacy promoting three simple principles of less government, less taxes, and more freedom to the people. Fundamentally, all parties in countries like Finland are pretty much the same. I feel there is too much power delegated to bureaucrats who aren’t held accountable by votes to continue with their jobs. The politicians must take that power back and hand it over to the people.


I’ve been a competitive runner for over two decades and I still run on a regular basis. You can read more about it in my blog.

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