I am Teuvo Heikkilä, CEO & founder of technology startup which is revolutionizing 10 billion/year industry with artificial intelligence. AMA!
I’m Teuvo Heikkilä, the CEO and founder of the company Conexbird Oy. We are technology startup with groundbreaking innovations based in Finland. (www.conexbird.com)
Tl;dr: If some of you (I know you do) have seen HBO:s show Silicon Valley you know how it’s like around here. Our business is based on artificial intelligence assisted processes that can be embed into any container handling systems. This includes more fancy words like big data, algorithms, agile development and much more. It can save billions of dollars and help nature by being a lot more efficient than anything before.
Personally I’m a former Nokia R&D manager, which is quite common in Finland these days, and it’s also quite an important detail.
I came up with the idea for the company back in the days and I was sure this would make a great difference. I studied vibrations and logistics and I became more and more sure that it is possible to determine sea containers condition just by detecting how it vibrates.
One day, there was long story in a local newspaper where someone from larger logistics company clearly told that: “There’s no use for former Nokia engineers”. As a finn I’m, my first thought was “perkele” (Finnish word, google it). This couldn’t be true. But that gave me determination to start doing everything I could to make Conexbird happen. It gave me the “sisu” (another cliché finnish word).
Today, couple years later Conexbird has created and patented technology to detect containers’ and cargo condition by devices that can be integrated into any existing container handling device. This makes handling process’ many times efficient while needing no extra resources. The company has been helped by finnish universities and is granted by Finland’s government trough many organizations like Cleantech Finland.
Conexbird’s team is small (around 10 persons) where everyone is specialized in some area of the business. I have been extremely lucky to find the team I have, with no former experience about container logistics we have created something to revolutionize the industry. Customers at harbours have said: “in the last 40 years, no one has introduced us more ground breaking idea”.
The cargo industry we are about to change is enormous. There is numerous reasons and opportunities behind this. Globalization is happening faster and faster and more containers are being transported around the globe. Every year 180 million shipments are made and insurance tickets cost around 10 billion dollars. Our technology has an opportunity to reduce cargo losses, insurance bills and unnecessary work. Maybe even greater is how it helps nature. Countless useless shipments of empty containers can be prevented and the lift count of a single container can be cut to half.
Check our website at www.conexbird.com and don’t hesitate to contact if you want to join us and be part of the change! We are always open to new ideas.
I’ll be answering to questions as long as needed while working so there might be some breaks but, I’ll be back!
Now it’s Your time to ask me anything.
EDIT: Now it's time to take some sleep. Thank you all so far, tomorrow morning I'll be answering for any questions that (I hope) you have asked :)
EDIT2: Back online, feel free to ask anything :)