Martti Vallila has been traveling to Russia since 1992, the early days of glasnost and perestroika. Martti’s 15 years at IBM and MBA at the University of Chicago provide background relevant to the unique challenges of addressing opportunities in the rapidly changing conditions that have since evolved.

During the intervening years Martti has traveled to much of Russia, been invited to speak at numerous venture fairs, been the subject of numerous articles in Russia and Finland, has had articles published in Russia, and has formed companies on behalf of Russian inventors.

All of these activities are driven by a belief that Russia represents the world’s last largely untapped source of potentially transformational technologies and a hope that successfully commercializing technologies originating in Russia will contribute to positive changes in Russia.

Russia’s isolation has nurtured and protected unique perspectives on global challenges that await actualization by being connected to the global village.