During his studies of computer science, Kay Talmi first got involved with digital imaging to move on to the evaluation of computer graphics: “I noticed that there was no answer to the question how humans actually detect something. This was how I decided to start my first own business.” Various assignments followed, including projects for a certain company called Aglaia. A few years later, Kay would also gain a foothold with the software specialist – initially responsible for the production launch of the blind spot detection system for a Swedish automobile manufacturer and finally serving as the head of development. He has been the managing director of HELLA Aglaia since 2009 and, since June 2020, also heads the activities of HELLA’s newly founded Global Software House.
It’s a complex mission that requires to follow a clear vision: “I’m inspired by the fact that our work actually makes a difference,” says Kay. “As key technologies for emobility and autonomous driving, our products are highly sought after. We focus on software as a way to continuously improve and expand our product portfolio and to explore new business models.”
In addition to strategic issues, Kay particularly cares about the work atmosphere which, as he believes, is the foundation of any successful business – both locally at HELLA Aglaia and, considering the Global Software House, across the entire corporate group: “Ultimately, a company also functions as a social ecosystem which needs a healthy climate so that ideas can grow.”
Does he have a personal strategy for finding inspiration and food for thought? “This would be my hobbies, hands down. Not only do they balance my work life but also keep me in a constant learning loop, which is important to me.” Kay is a continuous learner and, in addition to professional competences, draws from a rich repertoire of skills, including magic, music, and goldsmithing. “And this his how I come full circle with my actual job. To me, entrepreneurial behavior is the ability to think outside the box – no matter the activity.”