During his studies of computer science, Kay Talmi first worked with digital imaging until he got acquainted with 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 contract work followed, including projects for a certain company called Aglaia. A few years later, Kay would also gain a foothold with the automotive supplier – initially responsible for the production launch of the blind spot detection system and finally serving as the head of development. He has been the managing director of HELLA Aglaia since 2009.
“I’m inspired by the fact that our work actually makes a difference. Mobility is changing and we can make a worthwhile contribution,” says Kay about his vision for the company. “Of course, autonomous driving is interesting as a long-term goal, but we’re also looking into what’s necessary to get there and have aligned our portfolio accordingly.” In addition to keeping a keen eye on the overall strategy, Kay particularly cares about the work atmosphere at HELLA Aglaia which is, as he believes, the foundation of any successful business: “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 puts emphasis on continuously broadening his horizons 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.”