Startup media and events organization ArcticStartup announces that American serial entrepreneur and internet personality Gary Vaynerchuk has become an investor in the company. Vaynerchuk has also been appointed company advisor with the aim of transforming ArcticStartup into the leading community builder for entrepreneurs and businesses in the Nordic and Baltic region.
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Gary Vaynerchuk’s earlier investments include Uber, Snapchat, Facebook and Twitter
Vaynerchuk’s straight-talk and upfront presentation style have helped him amass millions of followers on Snapchat and Twitter. His New York-based social media marketing agency VaynerMedia had 600 employees and $100 million revenue in 2016. Vaynerchuk is an angel investor and advisor to Uber, Snapchat, Facebook, and Twitter among others. He is also co-starring alongside Jessica Alba, Gwyneth Paltrow and Will.I.Am in Apple’s first ever TV show production, Planet of the Apps.
On his last visit to Finland as a speaker at last year’s Nordic Business Forum, Vaynerchuk got to know ArcticStartup and its ambitions to help startup entrepreneurs through creating communities.
“I admire the ArcticStartup founders’ perseverance and I believe this company will be successful”, Vaynerchuk said. “What fascinates me in the Nordics is learning about the consumer behavior, and you also have some great brands I’d love to bring into 2017 in terms of social selling. In addition to working with leading brands, I’m open to ideas for making new investments in the region”, he concludes.
“Getting Gary on board is probably the biggest win in our 10-year history, something we are really proud of that validates our big vision of creating communities that truly benefit businesses from startups to big corporations. We are looking forward to working with him during our next growth leap”. – Jan Ameri, Partner and Chief Innovation Officer at ArcticStartup
ArcticStartup was launched as a blog in 2007 and has lately transformed into a media, community and events organization. Startups will have an opportunity to meet Gary Vaynerchuk and apply to pitch to him live on stage at the company’s flagship event Arctic15, held in Helsinki in May, 2018.