Tampere Ambassador: Seppo Orsila

Where are you from?

I’m born and lived most of my life in Tampere. Nowadays oscillating between Tampere and Palo Alto, CA.

What would you like to tell about yourself?

I’m a father, spouse and entrepreneur in this order. I have a lovely family of 5 with son already graduated from high school while my daughters are in elementary school. My lovely spouse Titta is my best friend, professional mentor and soul mate.

What makes Tampere special for you?

I founded my first company (and all consecutive ones including www.modulight.com) in Tampere. I believe Tampere has a special mix of talent, universities, international companies surrounded by beautiful nature and thus good place for people to live. Very recently Tampere has also put on a second gear by fuelling many new investments and demonstrated willingness to grow and develop.

Tell about your professional activities?

I’m first of all a marketer and sales man. I cut my corporate teeth at Nokia which sent me to 70 countries to negotiate and do business. By heart I’m an entrepreneur and want to drive new ideas forward. At Modulight we’ve done quite a restart more than doubling the revenue in past couple years and taken the company from red to very solid profit. Our objective is to build product and grow also our manufacturing operation at Tampere – to us manufacturing product in Finland is a competitive advantage.

What is your involvement in international activities?

I have always been focused on international business – even my first company setup with a friend during elementary school was dealing with Taiwan and Hong Kong. Since then I have had the pleasure to grow number of different businesses in both consumer and B2B. Currently my main focus is marketing and selling Modulight’s Tampere made medical lasers with focus on USA. We’re based in Palo Alto, California.

What is your mission as a Tampere - All Bright! Ambassador?

I believe promoting Tampere benefits us all – it offers unique combination of talent, resources and good place to live. Our corporate video also promotes Tampere – check it out: https://youtu.be/p7KaC-11XGA

What potential do you see for Tampere in the future?

Tampere has already one of the best talents in the world in the area of laser development. Optoelectronics Research Centre (ORC) is world famous like are many of its spinoffs in the various fields they represent. Tampere is investing heavily into the future and clearly paving the way for tomorrow in biotechnology, information technology as well as important area of machine building and other fields. I believe it’s exactly this multi-disciplinary approach that makes us great. Our customers’ feedback is the best confirmation of this to me. They constantly praise the out of the box thinking our engineering team is demonstrating and holistic solution we can deliver from Tampere. Many Tampere companies I meet abroad demonstrate the same qualities.

Tampere - All Bright! Ambassador: Seppo Orsila

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