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Mr. Mika Tienhaara

Achiever's Success Story

Most Important Asset In Any Venture Is People

Mika Tienhaara is the CEO of the Finnish tech company ROCSOLE, disrupting industrial automation and process control. Throughout his career in automotive, manufacturing and especially in the energy sector he has been working with innovation and as a serial entrepreneur he has commercialized some 30 products and technologies. ROCSOLE is the 8th venture he is involved in with a key role. He has also mentored and advised about 100 other startup companies. He has worked in a variety of countries in Europe, has spent some professional years in the United States and has had operations also in Latin America, Western Africa and South East Asia.

He has a bachelor’s degree in production/manufacturing engineering and a master’s degree in energy technology as well as an executive MBA. He started his professional career in corporates and has also other corporate background, giving a thorough understanding of the corporate potential and shortcomings. Essential for Mika is to make an impact with innovation, that means to build collaborations between corporates and startups, and enable how to change common practices and mindsets.

Mika’s has through his various ventures built up an own playbook for successful scaleups. In his opinion every startup should attempt and push for the scaleup to test out the real potential of the solution. The most important asset in any venture is people. It is not money – it’s your team that is building the company. Mika sees his game plan to build company machines, that means teamwork: with every activity providing value and feeding information to the others.  It requires an extreme hands-on mentality, a very capable team, with everyone dedicated to the big goal.

Think of counter-pressing tactics in football, it has a lot of similarities. Building teams diversity play an important role – as it also is a business opportunity. With the right team, you can develop and pivot finding the right solutions that are providing value, build brand recognition and attract the funding required – this is his approach that he names the Black Diamond Scaleup Strategy.

Mika is a recognized innovator and business leader, with several international awards. He is also a best-selling author (Wall Street Journal and USA Today) through the business anthology “Habits of Success: What Top Entrepreneurs Routinely Do in Business and in Life”.

Together with his team they have a vision to make industries safer and better that is helping to save our planet.

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