Serial Trier is back – don’t stop the press!

Posted: February 28, 2010 in Misc
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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.

  1. Asmo H. says:

    Petteri, I actually remember your old blog (especially the name), so now you have an audience of at least two people! 😉 Nice to see you back on blogging. Looking forward to your next posts.

  2. Teemu Kurppa says:

    Haa, Jyri wasn’t your only audience, your only post has always resonated with me as one of the gems of Finnish startup blogs!

  3. Thanks guys! It seems I have a way bigger responsibility than I thought.

  4. Asmo, don’t underestimate the size of audience of Petteri’s previous blog 🙂 This is the day many of us have been waiting… Petteri, can’t wait for your next posts!

  5. SvenR says:

    Looking forward to it!

  6. hkokko says:

    Good stuff (for the try:-)) Audience is +1 for you from here. There are some things that cannot be conveniently expressed in Twitter 🙂

    Let’s see which of us can keep posting regularly on our respective blogs.

    Looking forward to reading your posts.

  7. The audience is growing exponentially! This may be the right time to start thinking about monetization – I hope you don’t mind a few Viagra and Get Rich Fast banners?

    Hannu, I accept your challenge! Note that you have some SEO to do, first, since your namesake dominates the results of the search [hannu kokko blogi] 🙂

  8. hkokko says:

    My namesake has been quite active, I surely am not active in politics nor am I any of the other namesake guys working with any of the governments of the world :-). Having a common name can be a curse…

    Agile, Java, photography, creating products effectively, R&D are the topics I talk about.

    But I am more active than any of my namesakes in twitter @hkokko. Blog sits at

    Have to figure how to do SEO to differentiate from those other guys – if I must…

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