• K&L Gates (map)
  • 4 Embarcadero Center, Suite 1200
  • San Francisco, CA, 94111
  • United States

Enjoy a relaxed evening of networking with drinks and appetizers to the backdrop of the San Francisco Bay and a Fireside Chat with 3 Nordic Tech Founders making their mark in Silicon Valley...

NeuraMetrix, a company that measures brain health using a digital bio-marker based on inconsistency of typing cadence, was just awarded Breakthrough Device Status from the FDA...

Vivino is the world's largest online wine marketplace and most downloaded wine app, powered by a community of millions...

Brella won 2018 "Best Networking Technology & Best Conference Technology" and is used by major conferences organized by clients including TechCrunch, Samsung, Microsoft, Slush...

Come hear about the incredible journey of these three companies from their founders...where did these ideas come from? what did it take to get here? what lessons have they learned? what would they do differently? what obstacles have they overcome? what's ahead?....


Heini Zachariassen  - Founder of Vivino

Heini is Vivino's Founder and currently serves as board member and Chief Business Development Officer. Largely credited with bringing a technology revolution to the wine industry, Heini founded Vivino because he was frustrated by not knowing which wine to buy. It's been his passion project ever since. During his tenure, Vivino grew into a community of 30 million users, raised $57 million in funding and rolled out a worldwide wine marketplace. 

Prior to starting Vivino, Heini co-founded several startups, including global internet and mobile security company BullGuard. Heini resides in San Francisco with his wife and three children.


Ville Vanhala  - CoFounder of Brella

Experience in the event industry and an MBA helped prepare Ville for life as a co-founder. He believes that a high-quality event experience is a combination of great speakers and the opportunity to meet the most relevant people effortlessly. That belief led him to co-found Brella, an event networking solution 100% focused on making networking simple. Three years and hundreds of events later, Ville still believes we need the people around us and will never be successful alone. Hailing from Finland, he now lives in San Francisco, where he touts the power of connections on a daily basis and has a mission to make every day someone's day.

Jan Samzelius  - CoFounder of NeuraMetrix

Jan has specialized in quantitative methods for 40 years and has invented the typing cadence technology central to NeuraMetrix. He has previously led a large number of analytical projects, ranging from measuring customer satisfaction to price elasticities to conjoint analyses. He has been the CEO of six companies (most of them startups), in several cases improving profits dramatically. His experience includes one turnaround and one successful exit.  Jan holds a BSc in Economics from the Stockholm School of Economics (Sweden), graduating with honors and an MBA from Harvard Business School.



Charlotte joined Silicon Vikings as CEO in January 2015. Charlotte has a Juris Doctorate from Stanford Law School and a BA in Political Science & Economics from UC Berkeley, where she graduated with honors in the major and Distinction in General Scholarship from the university.  Charlotte has practiced business and immigration law for technology companies since 1998 specializing in helping foreign companies establish themselves in the US.  Charlotte is a native Swede and has contributed significantly to the Swedish community for many years.  Most recently from July 2013-November 2014, she served as Chairwoman of the Swedish American Chamber of Commerce of San Francisco/Silicon Valley and was responsible for the dramatic revitalization and growth of that organization; prior to that she served on SACC SF/SV's board from 2009-2011.  Charlotte has also been active in the Swedish community on a national level having served on the Executive Committee of SACC USA as Assistant Secretary.