Ville Miettinen

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Ville Miettinen
Born (1975-06-05) June 5, 1975 (age 43)
Geneva, Switzerland
Residence Helsinki, Finland
Nationality Finnish
Alma mater University of Helsinki
Occupation CEO, Angel investor
Known for Entrepreneurship
Relatives Tuomas Vimma (Brother), Jorma K. Miettinen (Grandfather)

Ville Ilmari Miettinen (Born June 5, 1975 in Geneva, Switzerland) is a Finnish serial entrepreneur and computer programmer. Miettinen was the co-founder and CTO of Hybrid Graphics, a graphics technology company acquired by NVIDIA in 2006.[1] Miettinen is a founding partner at Lots,[2] one of the accelerators in the Finnish governmental Vigo Programme.[3] Miettinen is also the CEO and co-founder of the crowdsourcing technology company Microtask.[4][5]

Entrepreneurship and venturing[edit]

Miettinen is the chairman of the board of the ACM SIGGRAPH Helsinki Chapter,[6] an advisory board member of IGDA Finland,[7] a referrer at the European pre-seed venture fund HackFwd,[8][9] and a startup mentor at Aalto Venture Garage.[10] He has held board seats in a number of graphics and gaming related companies, including Fake Graphics,[11] Xiha,[12] Recoil Games, Ardites (merged with Symbio [13]), and Cowboy Rodeo. He is also a technical advisory board member at the fabless semiconductor company Movidius[14] and a referrer with the European pre-seed investment company HackFwd.[15]

Graphics industry technology focus[edit]

Miettinen was actively involved in the Khronos Group, participating in the standardization of OpenGL ES, OpenVG and OpenKODE, as well as in the Java Community Process where he contributed to the JSR-184, JSR-297, and JSR-239 standards. He is the co-author of the SurRender 3D engine and the dPVS occlusion culling middleware.[16]

Miettinen is a frequent lecturer at various universities and industry events, such as Game Developers Conference, SIGGRAPH,[17] EUROGRAPHICS[18] and CrowdConf.[19] He also contributes to different blogs related to crowdsourcing[20][21] and entrepreneurship.[22]

Miettinen is an avid hobbyist photographer.[23]


  1. ^ NVIDIA press release: NVIDIA Corporation to Acquire Hybrid Graphics, March 22, 2006
  2. ^ Arctic Startup: Government-Backed Accelerators Chosen - March on Finland, July 24, 2009
  3. ^ Vigo programme home page
  4. ^ New York Times: When the Assembly Line Moves Online, October 31, 2010
  5. ^ Microtask management
  6. ^ ACM SIGGRAPH Chapters
  7. ^ IGDA Finland: New Advisory Board Members, December 27, 2010
  8. ^ HackFwd people
  9. ^ Arctic Startup:HackFwd has come to Finland, 9 November 2010
  10. ^ Aalto Venture Garage Coaches
  11. ^ CrunchBase on Fake Graphics
  12. ^ XIHA Closes First Round Financing - Finland Enjoys Increased Activity in VC Investments, 26 January 2010
  13. ^ GigaOm: Symbio Makes a Global Play With Merger, 22 Sep, 2009
  14. ^ Movidius Technical Advisory Board
  15. ^
  16. ^ dPVS: An Occlusion Culling System for Massive Dynamic Environments
  17. ^ SIGGRAPH 2005 courses
  18. ^ Eurographics 2006: Developing Mobile 3D Applications with OpenGL ES and M3G
  19. ^ CrowdConf 2010: Possible vs. Impossible: Determining the Power of Crowdsourcing
  20. ^ "Microtask Blog". Archived from the original on 2011-01-19. Retrieved 2011-01-19.
  21. ^ The Daily Crowdsource
  22. ^ Boardman2020 Blog (in Finnish)
  23. ^ Artist Spotlight: Totally Overdone HDR Photography (& Lovin' It!) 02 Apr, 2010