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Changing it up a bit…growing roots in Ottawa

Some changes are going on over here at janeporter.ca. (and Jane Porter in general). New blog layout and (yes, that’s right) a new tab next to the “about”:)  Nothing there yet but it’s all coming soon!

What’s changed with me? I’M IN OTTAWA – AND STAYING.

After quite the debate in my head of where I should go to “next”  (London, Helsinki, Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal all being options) I”m happy to call Ottawa home again. Not only because it’s great to be with family – but I feel like I hit this city just at the right time when it comes to innovative sustainability:)

For the last few weeks I’ve been tirelessly plugging myself into the “sustainability” scene here in town – from grassroots operations to the political scene to the larger corporations in town.

Some of the groups in town…

Am I missing some important ones? I’m sure I am. If you know of any that you think I’d be interested in talking to, please let me know! I’m always happy to  go for a coffee and learn something new about this town!

All in all, it’s good to be home.

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Elämä on laiffii (re: life)

Ever get the feeling that life is whizzing past you, yet, time is slowing down?

I was just complaining to friends today that by not blogging lately, I feel like a chunk of me is missing – my critical- thinking/know-what’s-going-on/feel-stimulated – chunk. Life has been so packed with ‘things’ that you occasionally forget what’s really important… my thinking out loud on this blog is one of those things.

But, to give the brief update on life:


At work, we launched Global Venture Lab in Finland on March 23rd. I’ve briefly talked about this here but I’m working with a ‘startup’ team at the University of Jyväskylä creating a global platform to grow global businesses – bringing the rich knowledge inside a university out (science of commercialization) and bringing business competence skills in (i.e. bringing serial  entrepreneurs/new companies into the classroom etc.) Oh yeah, main motto is “for problems worth solving” – my passion in those 4 words.

I was the event planner for this launch, which was part of the 9th annual V2C Forum (Venture-to-Capital) which was 2 days longs… and I was  event-coordinator for an event I thought up last year, JYU Talks. (I could go on for a while about this one – so I’ll paste it into a new post to not make this a novel;)

Aside from planning/running about 2 weeks worth of events in the last weeks of March, I also…


Yep, I’m a Masters. Handed in my thesis (eek, almost a month ago) “Growth Venturing for Sustainability” or rather – Conceptual Analysis and Insider’s Empirical Case of Growth Venturing for Sustainability if we want to get real academic;)

All I need to do now is write up a quick acknowledgement letter and get it into a black cover and send it to my sponsors. Exciting task actually – I’ve always loved seeing a finished product.


I’m out of the student ghetto! (Was never in one here in Finland to be honest.. but out of student housing at least). I have my own two-room downtown (ahem, of a tiny city) apartment – complete with a shower which goes over the toilet to save space:) To touch it off, I have new Iittalla wine glasses that make me feel oh so classy cooking dinner, listening to jazz, having friends over. The Finns love their glassware and I’m hooked as well.


Yes, to add to the graduate/move/work-like-mad mode, I turned 24.

I just looked back to my 23 things that I’ve learned (or at least trying to learn…) post. Oh, the wisdom in me 1 year ago… What can I say – still learning;)

That being said, I need to add one more to the list.

24. Toughen up.

I’ve had it fairly easy my whole life – I need to learn how to take some hits;)

Lots going on yet i should listen to #7 more often… life hasn’t been quite balanced… But getting back into writing this post feels like a step in the right direction.

Will post more on my baby – JYU Talks & GVL soon enough.

Oh, and “Elämä on laiffii” just means life is “life” – spoken by a true Finnish hero – Matti Nykänen – the olympic champion & national drunk.  It’s a finnish joke.

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When life just works out

Go back a year.

I was done my undergrad and debating really hard what to do with my life. Go to Finland for my Masters? Or, stay in Canada and start my own thing? I’ve had that entrepreneurial itch for a few years at least and after the mesh conference (which I sadly missed this year) I felt like, ready or not, I should just dive into the scary yet exciting startup world.

Fast forward.

I went, totta kai (of course) to Finland.

And I could not have been happier with my choice.

To give whoever reads this blog a hint into what I’m doing this summer (and perhaps for a while after that);

I was offered a job at the University of Jyväskylä to work with an amazing team on spurring growth venturing in Finland (and elsewhere), across disciplines, across fields (researchers, practitioners, students) on ‘problems worth solving’. (It can go a lot deeper than that, but I’ll stick with that for now;)

It hits the key tenets that I’ve been thinking/blogging/dreaming about:

  • Entrepreneurship and access to capital is a must for getting the ball rolling (not just small business entrepreneurship, but high growth, VC field entrepreneurship)
  • Mass collaboration changes everything , ala Wikinomics
  • We need to move into the sustainability age (enough blogs on this topic…)
  • Innovation will play a huge role in fixing yesterday’s, today’s and tomorrow’s problems. But we need to get people thinking about positive innovation. We already have a lot of problems; let’s use our creative skills to fix those, not start new ones.
  • Marketing has an important role to play in getting meaningful messages out – not just the usual “buy buy buy!” message
  • Think global, act local

For the most part, I’ll be writing my thesis this summer and working on some other tasks for the group.

I’ll let out pieces here and there about what’s going on, but in general thought I’d give you an idea about what’s going on in ‘ma vie’.

And, starting off on a good note, I’ll be traveling to Geneva next week to attend the Net Impact Europe Conference. I’ll keep you posted on how that goes.

Again, love it when life just… works out.

(NB: i am aware of the extreme amount of linkbacks in this post!)

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