About the Company.

San Francisco is a global comms & partner for Nordic growth companies

Our Story.

Communications & PR partner for building global media relations.

Our clients thrive in the fast-changing world, constantly seeking new opportunities and challenging the status quo. We believe every company is a media company, and every company is affected by global trends such as digital transformation.

San Francisco Agency was founded in 2009 as a strategic marketing and social media agency. Our first clients were venture-funded technology companies, which taught us agile, efficient and goal-oriented working culture.

Starting from 2019, San Francisco has evolved into a boutique-sized PR and communications agency, known for achieving global reach for Nordic growth companies and venture organizations.

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Credit: Ha Nguyen

Founder & CEO: Juhani Polkko

Juhani founded his first company at the age of 18. After 7 years working in consumer electronics and entertainment software distribution, he moved to Silicon Valley to help the first wave of Finnish mobile content companies conquer the U.S. market. He founded his first technology startup in San Francisco in 2005 – a venture that ultimately failed.

Back in Finland, he consulted several early-stage companies and also experienced working in a big corporation – heading Nokia’s mobile advertising sales in the Nordic countries. From 2009-2012, Juhani taught marketing to Swedish entrepreneurs in San Francisco Oy’s first major growth success story, advertising technology company Freespee AB.

In addition to supporting the growth of both San Francisco and its clients, Juhani is an advisor and shareholder in several growth companies. He is also a member of the Finnish Business Angel Network (FiBAN) and coaching entrepreneurs at the Founder Institute, Vertical, Startup Sauna and Kasvu Open.

Getting things done together.

The San Francisco team consists of an international network of professionals and a core team based in Helsinki, Finland.

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Stephen Lee
Director, Comms Strategy
steve@sanfrancisco.fi

Company | San Francisco Agency - Marketing & PR for Global Growth

Reetta Ilo
PR & Communications Manager
reetta@sanfrancisco.fi

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Timothy Gilbert
Senior Communications Manager
tim@sanfrancisco.fi

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Kristiina Nieminen
Head of Media & PR, Finland
kristiina@sanfrancisco.fi

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Nina Enroth
Chief Business Officer, Bay Area
nina@bayarea.fi

Company | San Francisco Agency - Marketing & PR for Global Growth

Juhani Polkko
Founder & CEO
juhani@sanfrancisco.fi

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Ruslan Gainutdinov
Technical Lead, Software Development
ruslan@sanfrancisco.fi

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Oona Colliander
Creative Director
oona@sanfrancisco.fi

Client portfolio.

Corporate Development & Venturing

Growth Companies & Scaleups

Innovation in Professional Services

Clients in VC portfolios

Inventure

Lifeline Ventures

Maki.vc

NorthZone

Gorilla Capital

Icebreaker VC

Voima Ventures

Innovestor

Karma Ventures

Superhero Capital

Industrifonden

NordicNinja VC

OpenOcean Capital

Vendep Capital

First Fellow Partners

ETF Partners

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Company | San Francisco Agency - Marketing & PR for Global Growth
Company | San Francisco Agency - Marketing & PR for Global Growth
Company | San Francisco Agency - Marketing & PR for Global Growth
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Company | San Francisco Agency - Marketing & PR for Global Growth
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NGOs & Public Sector

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Partners.

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