Raoul Lehtonen

Assistant Controller



Finance & Back Office
When the seagulls follow the trawler, it’s because they think sardines will be thrown into the sea.

Eric Cantona

At OpenOcean, Raoul is part of fund management activities and reporting; he will also help us automate and develop all kinds of processes. Before joining OpenOcean, Raoul studied international finance and innovation management at Reykjavik University in Iceland. He also worked at VTT, one of Europe's leading research institutions, as a Finance Trainee, developing financial management of academic research projects. Raoul holds a master's degree in accounting and finance from Åbo Akademi University. In his master's thesis, he studied the effect of Venture Capitalists' financial reporting preferences in the adaption of management accounting systems in early-stage VC-backed startups. He also studies another master's degree in political science at his alma mater. Raoul enjoys outdoor sports, such as hiking, fly fishing, and collecting vinyl records during his spare time.

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OpenOcean x Oxford's Saïd Business School: Why We Created O³, Startup Insights Platform

OpenOcean, in partnership with Oxford's Saïd Business School, has launched O³, an open-access startup insights platform aimed at fostering a data-driven startup ecosystem. Historically, the tech industry has struggled with transparency, leading policymakers, investors, and startups to base decisions on partial information. O³ addresses this gap by providing comprehensive data about startups, their technologies, market strategies, and more. This collaboration of Saïd Business School's research with OpenOcean's know-how offers unmatched insights for evaluating startups and understanding market shifts.
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Meet the OpenOcean Team in Spring/Summer 2023 Events

The OpenOcean Helsinki and London teams will attend various spring and summer events around Europe. We're on a mission to unite with entrepreneurs, professionals, and fellow investors to exchange and discuss new ideas and dive into exciting business opportunities – on and off the stage.
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"You can either retain your culture or have hyper-growth - getting both is a fool's choice.” – A Q&A with our Operating Advisor Kulpreet Singh

In this Q&A blog post, we have the pleasure of featuring Kulpreet Singh, OpenOcean's Operating Advisor since 2018. Kulpreet joined the team after a successful tenure at UiPath, the world's leading robotic process automation (RPA) software. We dive into Kulpreet's insights on company growth, common challenges fast-growing tech companies face, and essential qualities for startups aiming to make their mark globally.