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About

Philosophy

Consensus Capital thrives on knowing how to capitalize on a good thing, and the heart of our team has been at the forefront of digital transformation since the IT revolution. We see legal and compliance sectors, identity management, and contingent labour as exciting elements that can be bolstered by blockchain, together with AI and all for the betterment of society.

We work with people, not projects, and we are dedicated to giving back by providing hands-on business development support and early-stage financing to high-tech startups. Our techno-scientific interest and work also sees us engage with Europe-wide innovators through collaborations with leading European research initiatives such as those by CERN. On top of this, we are continuously expanding our outreach in work with local community organizations, charities, and research institutions such as HEC Unil, the University of Helsinki, Tampere University and Helsinki Institute of Physics.

Our Team

The Consensus Capital team brings together some of the most innovative thinkers in leading digital transformation. Our wealth of experience in digital industries creates a  synergy between us that enables us to offer the right support and advice.

Matti Liukas

CEO

CEO of Consensus Capital
Corporate Management at Adecco and Capgemini
CERN User Status
Digital Transformation background
eMBA lecturer at University of Lausanne

We work with people, not projects, and that’s why it is important for us to partner with like-minded people that really want to see technology work for all of us. One of our priorities is to be actively involved in the global blockchain community that shapes the tech industry.

Matti has over 15 years of experience in digital innovation and IT Management. With a background in Industrial Management from Helsinki Technical School, Matti boasts a wealth of experience on the technical side as well as in relationship management and business development.

Matti creates sparks as an ecosystem builder, who fosters collaboration with R&D partners/academic institutions and who is passionate about guiding tech teams at any stage in their development. Matti actively contributes to the management of the companies in which the Consensus Capital invests, while also shaping the minds of MBA students at the University of Lausanne as a visiting professor.

Matti’s role in companies such as Capgemini and Adecco place him in the heart of the innovative entrepreneurship space. This allows him to use his experience for identifying and managing new investments using disruptive and emerging technologies, like blockchain, to influence and drive the adoption of real solutions.  

Areas of Interest:  Relationship Management, Digital Transformations, Transition/ChangeManagement, Implementation and Deployment Management, Knowledge Transfer Processes, Distributed Delivery Models, Internet Applications.

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Matti is the CEO of Consensus Capital with a strong background in digital transformation. His experience at Capgemini and Adecco, his CERN User Status, and his position as eMBA lecturer at the University of Lausanne place him at the heart of the innovative entrepreneurship space.

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Matti Liukas
CEO

David Branch

Founder and Chairman

Chairman of Consensus Capital Family Office
Corporate Executive of Adecco SA and ICon
Lead investor in Kratora and Komply
Open-source community activist and early supporter of Bitcoin and Ethereum

As an entrepreneur, I believe in creating a place where companies can gain access to a diverse expertise and experience that will help them ignite their strategic footing to innovate in areas that are not always seen as obvious investments.

David is a serial entrepreneur with all the technical know-how of a science geek and growth hacker. Having founded several companies in different verticals, he has acquired extensive experience as a business leader in global software solutions development.

Now founder and Chairman of Consensus Capital, David’s mix of entrepreneurial and corporate experience – with focus on compliance and contingent workforce management – places him as an esteemed unicorn hunter in the technology space.

Taking advantage of consumer trends, as well as looking at areas where trends have not yet set, made him a natural early adopter of Bitcoin and Ethereum and early investor in recognized blockchain projects. He continues to ignite seed investments, targeting projects that are unconventional and embrace alternative solutions to everyday problems.

David has a rich history of intersecting high-tech with financial services and trust markets. The future points at applying emerging technologies such as AI and Blockchain to create an online space that allows flexible workforce movement, based on required capabilities within the boundaries of local labor conditions.

Areas of Interest: Contingent workforce, Decentralized Applications, Autonomous Corporations, Prediction Markets, Peer-to-Peer, Cryptocurrency, Blockchain, Encryption.

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Chairman of Consensus Capital, David is an open-source community activist and early-supporter of Bitcoin and Ethereum. With all the technical know-how of a science geek and growth hacker, he is a business leader and unicorn hunter in the technology space.

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David Branch
Founder and Chairman

Pietari (Pietu) Kauttu

VP of Development and Operations

CERN User Status, Academia Finland, Business Finland fellow focused in applied research (Finnish Delegation)
Successfully acquired several millions of R&D&I and commercialization funding.
R&D financing and public tendering consultant to the Finnish Trade Promoting Organization

The expansion to techno-scientific areas is a mandate close to my heart. Developing key collaboration opportunities is something I seek in my day-to-day life. I believe Consensus Capital has the capacity to shape innovation management and make a real difference for our entrepreneurs as well as the scientific community; being the bridge between those worlds is a privilege and an honor. 

Pietu is the force that binds high-tech and commercialization within the company, a strong contributor to the advisory support offered to partners and investments.

He is the Head of Operations at Consensus Capital, where his expertise in finance and business development for high-tech startups, and his experience in R&D&I, where he built sustainable collaboration between public and private technology businesses, makes him the perfect match to manage the day to day challenges of an investment company.

Pietu offers a diverse set of skills ranging from R&D financing, public tendering advisory and he also holds key roles with the Finnish Funding Agency for Innovation and CERN. He is the chief of synergies that make Consensus Capital unique amongst investment firms.

Pietu regularly shares his expertise in the fields of FinTech, AI, sensor technologies, advanced mechanics and materials at CERN and other recognized institutions.

Areas of Interest: R&D&I Financing, Research Infrastructures PublicTendering Competitions, Strategic Advisory Services, Academic and Industrial Collaboration, Best Practices in R&D, Commercialization, and Procurement.

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Head of Operations at Consensus Capital, Pietu binds high-tech and commercialization within the company and is the chief of synergies that make it unique among investment firms. With expertise in R&D&I, fintech, and AI, he regularly shares his knowledge with CERN and other recognized institutions.

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Pietari Kauttu
VP of Development and Operations

Our Advisors

Consensus Capital’s advisory panel comprises a team of industry experts within their respective fields. Each advisor has been chosen not only because of the breadth of their expertise, but also the depth. Combining academia with real-world experience, our advisory team fuels growth and change, challenging the status quo and delivering results.

Founder and CEO of Solutions Inc. with over 10 years' experience in leading and delivering IT professional services in the areas of IT infrastructure, technology strategy, e-business strategy & Customer Relationship Management in the pharmaceutical and financial services businesses. Prior to founding Solutions Inc., Mr. Kaushik worked with Pfizer, IBM, Merrill Lynch, and Prudential Securities. Mr. Kaushik is an alumnus of REC, Kurukshetra and the Harvard Business School, Boston.

Vekrum Kaushik

An active advisor to family offices that invest in blockchain and cryptocurrencies, Emilie Raffo is an independent consultant and public speaker on crypto-finance. She is a lecturer on the topic at a private university; her expertise is invaluable for Consensus Capital as their investment interests are aligned with fintech and compliance.

Emilie Raffo

Ari-Pekka is full professor in Operations Management at the University of Lausanne. His work and expertise of workflows and document processes related to new product development has been an important contribution for Consensus Capital to further develop investments. Ari-Pekka is a recognised publisher with over 70 articles in international journals. He has strong ties within the VC world and has decades of expertise with due diligence processes for high-tech startups.

Ari Pekka Hameri

A former CERN fellow and driver of the Ideasquare team, Harri amplifies connections between fundamental research and human-centric products that contribute towards the achievement of the UN SDGs. Harri’s strong bonds with the scientific community adds to the differentiation of Consensus Capital as an investment firm.

Harri Toivonen