We are combining Finland’s strong heritage in design and architecture with the latest in technology and gaming. Our very name, Aino.ar, is a representation of that. Our values are Nordic, but our mindset, ambition, and culture are global.
Aino.ar is a proud 1% for the Planet member, committing 1% of annual sales to the protection and preservation of the natural environment.
CEO & Co-founder
Business, internationalization, and service design all-rounder. Former startup researcher turned practitioner. Niklas has spent the last ten years building new tech business in Finland and abroad (Vienna, Boston, and New York). Co-founder of The Planet Company. A Swedish-speaking Finn who likes skiing and boating, what else. M.Sc. International Marketing & Ph.D. Entrepreneurship, Åbo Akademi University.
CTO & Co-founder
Housebuilder turned coder turned digital house builder. Terje has spent the last 20 years developing 3D environments, 8+ years of this at Supercell, one of the world’s most successful gaming companies. An overall technical wizard with a focus on 3D engine, tool, and asset pipeline development.
CCO & Co-founder
Designer turned design serial entrepreneur. After graduating from the Lahti Institute of Design, Lasse has spent the last 15+ years founding successful companies in the design, furniture, and interior design industries. Most recently, Protos Demos and Made by Choice, which furniture has received wide international recognition and won several awards.
CPO & Co-founder
A technology swiss knife. Kalle founded his first startup at the age of 14 in, at the time, the hottest industry around: mobile logos and ring-tones. After graduating from Aalto University (M.Sc. Tech) he worked three years at IBM, before joining Smartly.io as one of the early employees. During his seven years at the company, of which four in New York, he held an array of positions, from leading teams in marketing, accounts, and technical solutions.
Web designer from Estonia (yes, the country where Skype was born) who values excellent user experiences and tasteful architecture. 15+ years of work experience from a large software house, a health-tech startup, and as a full-time freelancer working with clients in banking, telecom, logistics, and e-commerce. A small-scale hobby builder currently working on a sandpit, a playhouse and a chicken coop for his kids. Next something more ambitious – a backyard sauna.
A 3D-juggernaut with a range from toons to photorealism. After graduating from North Karelia Outokumpu Game School in 2011, with a near perfect grade of 2,9 out of 3, he has worked with many start-ups and projects. Jobs range from edutainment, animations and regular games, the most ambitious of which has been a gamified English learning platform for Chinese schools. Experience also includes a lot of prototyping, visuals and problem solving for mobile, AR and VR.
Advisor & Investor
Strategic partnerships at Aino.ar. Serial entrepreneur. Co-founder of Made by Choice. Investor in Protos Demos, Aino.ar, Space of Mind. Experience includes board seats at start ups such as Weecos. Previous work includes FundedByMe, Harrods and Fazer among others. Advisor to APPRL and BoCap. M.Sc. International Management Hanken School of Economics Helsinki.
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We are backed by an awesome team of angel investors from the Finnish and American tech, gaming, and business communities.