Why did you come up with this innovation?
"Our software reads and writes data from point A to point B efficiently and quickly. It is used for example in telephones and televisions. Half of our turnover is from the car industry. Our software is used in these devices to save, read and write information. An example is when a viewer saves a programme on their television set – our data filing system takes care of this.
Our product makes it possible for the car industry to employ different cameras and radars. Our software saves the data captured by the cameras and by analysing it, different alerts can be created It can also be used to help cars park in tight spaces.
Our product is technology-driven. At first it was a Linux-style open source code project offered online for free, meaning anyone could download it. We noticed that the program became more and more popular and also companies started to download it for their purposes. This made us see commercial potential."
What have been some defining factors for your success?
"Our company was founded in 2008, and in autumn 2009 we negotiated a large deal with Microsoft. We made a one-week travel to Redmond, USA where the Microsoft headquarters are located. We finalised the contract which made it possible to release our first products on the market. This was a first huge success for us, something that kicked off our story properly. We received a lot of press and our company name became familiar for the first time to a wider public.
Our company currently employs 70 people, 55 of whom are here in Finland. The Helsinki metropolitan area has some great universities that produce a lot of technology experts.
Many foreigners who arrive in Finland to work have since stayed here. They are able to value a stable society where people can trust one another. These are basic things for a Finn but not necessarily self-evident in many other countries. Many people stay because they found a peaceful place to live.
One very important factor for us is the local airport. Helsinki has good flight connections to all important cities in Asia, the region responsible for half of our turnover. Helsinki's location is not at all bad on the European scale."
How do you see the future of your company?
"A technology company's future is defined by the ability to shed one's skin. Product development needs to stay one step ahead of the market, and it is crucial to listen to customers. These are the usual challenges of a tech company.
We have good products and a good customer base. I believe this starting point can take us far.
Tuxera develops software that processes data quickly. The data is transmitted reliably between different systems and devices. Tuxera's technology is currently used in, for example, the car industry, smart phones, and home entertainment appliances.