Dear Mr. Hewson, Thank you for submitting your tape of "U2" to RSO Records, we have listened with careful consideration, but feel it is not suitable for us at present.

Patrik Backman

General Partner

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Helsinki

A General Partner at OpenOcean, Patrik’s heart lies with the “data-intensive” bit of our investment thesis. Before starting OpenOcean, Patrik co-founded MariaDB, and spent 6 years managing product and business development at MySQL AB, where he served as a Director of Software Engineering from 2003 to 2008, and managed the company’s strategic technical alliance with SAP AG. With his business hat on, Patrik was part of MySQL Management Team, and worked in management consulting at eCraft Management Solutions and A.T. Kearney. Patrik is on the board of Nosto, Booksy, Supermetrics, Import.io, AppGyver and MindsDB, works closely with NearGroup, and has held directorships at Ironstar Helsinki, MariaDB, and SkySQL. He received a Master of Science (Engineering) degree from Helsinki University of Technology and Master of Science (Finance) from Hanken School of Economics in Helsinki.

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