Archive for February, 2010

Welcome to my new blog!

I guess it was about time to continue my once so flourishing blogging career.

I wrote my first blog post on August 16, 2006. The post was probably quite a conclusive one, since I haven’t really felt like writing another one in the last 3+ years. As a matter of fact, back in the glorious Jaiku days, I used this apparent (and quite universal) lack of creativity as one of the main reasons why microblogging is going to be a biggie. Well, I’m now back, angrier* than ever, so expect new posts in the near future.

*) “angrier” means here “anxious and slightly frustrated, but in general very happy”.

My interests have shifted a bit in the last years, but most likely I’m going to focus on the Nordic (especially Finnish) startups, seed investing and technologies and tools I find cool. I may even touch the related ecosystem-level or political topics. – Yes, my friends, I’ve become that old!

Regarding the industries, having recently founded Lifeline Ventures with Timo Ahopelto and Jarkko Joki-Tokola, I’m likely to write mostly about health, well-being, mobile and Internet services. I no longer think that mobile is a particularly interesting category of its own, but, nevertheless, I’ll probably cover it every now and then due to my background and the fact that it has finally become a significant access channel to Internet (“cloud-based”, as they say) services.

To explain the origin of the blog title, I quote my earlier post:

About the name of this blog: There does not exist a good word for entrepreneur in Finnish. The closest one is “yrittäjä”, which can be translated as “trier”. According to Oxford American Dictionary, a trier is “a person who always makes an effort, however unsuccesful they may be”. It is no wonder Finland was recently ranked the 26th country [out of 35 countries)] in the ratio of entrepreneurs triers per capita, which was less than 5%. It is encouraging, however, that the general start-up scene in Finland seems to be revitalizing and there are already a few success stores such as Habbo/Sulake and a number of game and 3D graphics boutiques.

Finally, I believe that all of us Nordic entrepreneurs and investors should commit ourselves to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of creating an internationally recognized cluster of growth companies in a few select industries. No single project in this period will be more impressive to mankind, or more important to the long-range survival of the Nordic welfare state.

My next move is to reach out for my earlier, fanatic audience (of one person, i.e. Jyri Engeström) and inform them him that I’ve moved from Vox to WordPress and that there are some cool texts in the works. After that, I’ll address the rest of the Nordic startup scene.