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Carlos: Startup dreams after Nokia

Life after Nokia

It’s been seven years since I left what I still consider the best company I’ve ever worked for. Spending so many years working for Nokia definitely made a mark that is still with me to this day.

I’m sure many of you would agree that the excitement and sense of accomplishment we all felt just before we released a new product was out of this world. From the first time you held a proto in your hands and got to play with the latest tech, to the first pictures taken with an N95 8GB, to the amazing music coming out of the 5800 or the fashion sense of the L’amour collection: these are things that will be embedded in our personalities for the rest of our lives.

With all these in mind, three years ago, I decided to leave the comfort of a steady job to pursue a long-held dream of mine: launching a company.

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Pooneh – My “NOKIA baby” loves technology

My career started in Nokia in 2002. However, I used to work in Nokia club on the agency side whilst I was in Morpace International who used to have the Nokia account back in 2000. At the time I worked on the customer satisfaction surveys of Nokia Club and also used to program and assess the NEW release of Nokia phone(a) for its features and UX (User Experience). Unfortunately, whilst I was on maternity leave something had gone wrong

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Sigge: A conference worth remembering

For the most part of my career I worked on the business side of things building up alliances and partnerships with globally leading brands. I was on the mobile phones side of things and collaborated very closely with my OVI friends.

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Carmen: Connecting people across every language in the world

Connecting People has always been one of my favorite slogans. So when I got a job at Nokia, first as contractor and a year later as full time employee, those two words became part of my daily practice, part of my life. As an extreme extrovert, the first time I saw Nokia San Diego campus, aka The Club Med, I felt like a kid in a candy store: tons of phones (sorry, I should say devices!) to play with and to…

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Elana: N95 saves the day!

It was the summer of 2009, just a few weeks after the launch of “Ovi Store”, on which I’d been working on for months. I was working on a presentation for an MT (management team) meeting the next day when I started to get phone calls from my husband about our oldest daughter – he was home with her because she wasn’t feeling well. She was getting worse and worse and he was taking her to the doctor, the doctor sent them to the hospital for more tests. At the end of the day I went straight to the hospital from the office.

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Johanna: Nokia – the myth versus the truth 

Nokia – it’s the company name with an almost magical tone to it. When Finland was suffering the terrible depression and record unemployment of the 90’s, Nokia came up with one of the company’s greatest success stories, 2110, and started rocketing towards stardom. The mobile business lifted not only the company – which only a few years earlier had struggled to stay in business – but an entire Northern nation to economic success and a brand of its own. The reliable, effective, hard-working Finns; “Japan of the North” and their mysterious 

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Hal: In tough times, culture shines through

In my most recent blog post here, I told the story of how I ended up in Finland and started working at Nokia. That, of course, was only the beginning.

I had joined a company that, although it was still the largest mobile phone manufacturer in the world, was struggling to find its place in a market where it now had to compete against Apple and Google. The infamous burning platform memo had been published and leaked, and the decision to move to Windows Phone had been made.

It was a tough time for many,

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Sari: “Only over my dead body”

I worked for Nokia for years and recently for Microsoft in the Mobile Devices business. I was a passionate employee and always loyal to my company in every single situation. When iPhone became popular, my youngsters were very keen on getting their own iPhones, but I always told them that my kids would use Nokia phones and no other phones would be considered. I was so strict that I even said: “Other phone brands would be allowed – only over my dead body!”

Occasionally, my youngsters tested me again whether I had changed my mind, like when they complained about apps not available in the Windows app store. But no way, I was firm and was like I was not hearing what they said: “My darlings, you know what my answer is: only over my dead body.“

A year ago, I suddenly found out

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Jani: A Company as a Power for Good

jani-hyvarinenI worked for Nokia between 1998-2013 in different roles in the networks business. It was a transformational learning experience, like a second business university after the first one. There were so many things I was able to experience but perhaps the most significant was observing how Nokia approached the emerging markets: with respect.

The idea that you could make good money by selling to poor people in emerging markets while not ripping them off but actually improving their lives was a crucially important motivator for me. Even though I wasn’t personally involved in that business, I was really proud of Nokia doing this when no-one else among the big players in the sector was.

Even in general, I have always liked the fact that the telecommunications sector is improving people’s lives by

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Jean: How a Texas stray dog got a Finnish name

Five years ago, I adopted an Australian Shepherd from Aussie Rescue & Placement Helpline (a national rescue group) and shortly after adopting, I started fostering for them. When we bring in a new foster dog, they always get a new name. Dogs don’t have any special affinity for their names and they can easily learn to respond to a new one. In the past, most of my foster dogs have been named after places I have lived. Seneca, Slater, Manhattan, Verona, etc. But sometimes, a special foster dog deserves a special name. A name that really fits.

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