Monday, January 29, 2007

Trend Factory

Finland has been a trend setter in the mobile industry. Nokia is still the largest mobile phone's producer on this globe. Apple is a new player in the mobile world. Nokia has a giant lead with 34 % market share. Apple, planning to sell 10 million iPhone's, is only targeting for 1 % of the global market.

From a Finnish point of view, there has been a shift in trend setting capacity and power. Web 2.0, Google, Flickr, YouTube, MySpace, Facebook, iPod, iTunes, and now the iPhone have been created and conceptualized on the North American west coast. Flickr was started in Canada, Vancouver. We've lost our position as a trend setter in the information society.

This year, at the the World Economic Forum's annual meeting in Davos, the leading entrepreneurs did come from US, the west coast. The lack of European entrepreneurs was evident. EU is trying to become a leading information society. But at this very moment, we talk more, and achieve less. The trend setting factory has been moving over to Silicon Valley.

If we can't beat them, why not join them? I need to think more about this in the coming postings. We've great SME's in the field of mobile development. We might do things together. The global market is waiting for Web 2.0 and Mobile 2.0 convergence products. We Finns could get out of the cold and do things together with Apple, Google, Yahoo, etc.

We've one promille of world population, but we are a super power in mobile development. We're not strong enough alone.
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