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Nokia, a Temple of the Soul of Finland

By Sotiris Makrygiannis.

The Finnish pavilion at the Paris 1900 World Fair was an important national milestone. Ten years before the start of the new century, a team of 5 Finnish artists, began their work to put Finland on the Global map. The country, under Russian administration, had limited autonomy, so it was an issue of National pride to place Finland into the World Fair as a single independent entity.


They built a garage. Now days is called “Temple of the Soul of Finland” and was constructed in 1900 as a crowdsourcing effort. Sibelius didn’t have the money, so he had to travel from Helsinki to Paris by organizing concerts, gathering money and investing them back to the Temple. So beyond the bootstrapping like real start-ups, they had a mission, and they accomplish that fantastically. The Finnish pavilion is recorded in history books as “claimed the most revolutionary exhibit with its clean-cut, simple and careful details”

Fast forward in 1990 and Russia economy that supported Finland for long is collapsing. Finns are in desperate need for a breathing air. A team of 5 wonderful artists of business started another garage

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Kris Buytaert: Many sms and some flights later and got married

It was 1999 when I had to travel for Nokia from Brussels to Bordeaux when I met my future wife in the airplane. Our first contact continued through SMS. Many messages and some flights later we got married. I left Nokia in 2002. Thanks to Nokia I discovered my talent and truly felt living among people with same values and ambition to create a mobile generation. Continuous Learning, Respect for the individual, Profitability, Customer Satisfaction were our values. Responsiveness, Empathy, Achievement, Responsibility our culture. Until today I realize how unique this was an opportunity. I cherish the moments we’ve been together. Take care.

Sahil Gupta: Nokia’s contribution in our life which we can’t forget

Well, I am not at all a feedback giving person, I generally ignore things when it comes to give opinions. But today was different while browsing Techcrunch, I saw Beyond Nokia’s post and got to know about this Nokia People community, I couldn’t resist myself to share the stories of good times with my Nokia phones. It was back in 2007 when I was 16 years old and owning a mobile phone was a big deal. After lot of discussions and hungry nights (because of not having dinner when dad/mom refuses to buy me a phone), one fine day dad agrees to buy me a new phone. So, I was very clear about my choice which was Nokia 6600, one of the best selling Nokia’s best selling phone and it costs around 14000 INR which was way to high considering Indian price range of phones and 16 year old student who has his CBSE board exams in next 5 months I anyhow convinced my dad to buy me Nokia 6600 and life was not same after that. The happiness doubled

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Jani Korpinen: TIS YOR FOLT :)

Somebody might say: TIS YOR FOLT! Nokia’s smartphone descent started somewhere in 2008 when I jumped onboard. 🙂 iPhone was published an year earlier and Tube a.k.a. Xpress Music 5580 was under fierce pressure for publishing and sales start and development was done in my site, Oulu. Sales of smartphones were still surprisingly huge for couple of years despite opinion share wasn’t that nice.

For some reason financially a super strong company did panic with financial crisis and jumped onto brake pedal. Savings, savings, portfolio strip-down etc. We suddenly give free lane for competitors with better HW, SW and ecosystems. As an engineer being responsible for displays it was frustrating to notice

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Anfinn Line: 5 happy years

I worked in Nokia Copenhagen from 2004-2009.

It was 5 happy years I never forget.

Most of all the people at Nokia but also to be part of a creative environment, making nice devices for the public. I was proud of being an Nokian. I hope the company will arise again.

Fabio Valeri: everything I know comes from Nokia

I have been in Nokia for 11 years, most of them in Finland – Espoo (Karaportti and Nokia House).

Everything I know about achieving together, innovation and best business practices comes from Nokia.

I had the chance to be empowered, challenged and work with people around the globe. What I am now professionally is thanks to Nokia. Now, back to Italy, I still fell like a Nokian inside! All of us ex-Nokia have something in common – so happy to connect with you. All the best, Fabio

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