Ralf Wahlsten

General Partner
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“What is best for the company?"

As General Partner at OpenOcean, Ralf holds board memberships at MariaDB, Platform.sh and Nordic Telecom.

Before the fate brought him together with the rest of the Finns to build OpenOcean, he had been an active angel investor, as well as a key advisor to the MySQL founders from the company’s inception, helping them develop their first business plan, strengthening the Board, and hiring the CEO – up until the exit to Sun Microsystems.

With a Management Consulting background, Ralf has broad experience in areas like Corporate and Business Strategy Development, Business process reengineering and Marketing Strategy from top consulting firms like AT Kearney, Booz-Allen and Indevo. He holds a Master of Science degree in Engineering from Helsinki University of Technology (Aalto University).

Having walked the path alongside the MySQL leadership from their very first days until exit, Ralf has a genuine empathy with founders, which, combined with thorough understanding of team dynamics and firm-building, makes him the one person founders (and internal team!) would always turn to for strategic advice.

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Location

Helsinki

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    MariaDB

    MariaDB is one of the most popular database servers. Made by the original developers of...
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    Platform.sh

    Platform.sh provides automated continuous deployment hiigh availability hosting with full life-cycle management...
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    NTC

    NTC provides value-added solutions for call handling and multi-channel customer contact management....
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    Beddit

    Beddit provides non-wearable device that seamlessly tracks sleep, heart rate and breathing....
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    Basen

    BaseN is a Global Internet of Things Operator enabling the transformation from product to service...
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    Carus

    Carus offers specialised IT solution services for ferry operators....
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    MySQL

    MySQL is an open-source database that supports scalable web-based and embedded database applications....
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