Very warm as well. Been such a great summer and autumn.
Very warm as well. Been such a great summer and autumn.
As Finland is struggling to get herself back to her feet after a decade of heavy spending and a hangover to match that, many people often say startups won’t save Finland. The real solution, they are quick to offer, is that we need heavy industry, companies that sell “real things”.
The problem is that companies selling “real things” aren’t doing that well. Furthermore, there’s no light at the end of the tunnel. According to the Finnish Customs monthly report, exports sank 11% in August this year compared to 2012. That’s a lot.
This raises the question – how long do we have to wait until we realise that the former “startups”, who have since grown up – are indeed the largest exporters in Finland? (Consider companies under the age of 10 in all sectors with super fast growth). Many consider this some sort of dystopia, but I would argue this to be the near future reality if change does not happen.
It’s only a matter of time until creative destruction clears out the old with the new. If politicians and the society at large is not willing to support this notion, well – too bad. It’s going to happen and the sooner we acknowledge it, the more we would be able to salvage.
Found this new photo sharing and storage app called Loom. MG Siegler summed it up best in his reference quote to Loom, “It’s exactly how iCloud should work”. See the video below for more.
The pricing is pretty friendly as well. There’s clearly some interesting technology underneath as it’s below market prices for object cloud storage. The service is free up to 5GB, for 50GB of storage you pay $3.99 a month and for a whopping 250 GB you only pay $9.99 a month.
It’s not as full featured as I’d like it to be. For one, I would like more features available on the desktop application. Then again, they just came to public beta with the product so it is very early days.
On October 4th the company announced that it received $1.4 million in seed financing – bound to do something interesting this space. Oh, and the investors were Tencent, Google Ventures with MG Siegler, Great Oaks VC and angel investments from people such as Will Smith (Overbrook Entertainment), and Damon Way (founder of DC Shoes). So there – looking forwards to this one.
Colin Powell in his book It Worked For Me in Life and Leadership on change:
Major change only works when followers realise your change has made their lives better and improved their productivity and performance. You only know you succeeded in implementing change when your followers believe in the change and will pass their belief onto the next generation of followers. Real change has to outlive the change agents.
Warriors lost to Tampere 24 to 25 this year in the men’s Finnish Rugby Championship Finals. It was a super tough game and Tampere deserved the win. They played more consistently throughout the game and held out to the end despite the Warriors picking up speed and quality in their game towards the end. Some 10-15 minutes more would have likely turned it to the Warriors, but we didn’t do it in the first 80 minutes and Tampere RC took the championship home this year.
The women’s final was full of injuries. Three players were carried off the pitch on stretchers and two (both Warriors) were taken to ER for examination. Both of the injuries were feet/ankle -related.
I haven’t played in 2 years and this was the first time since I “retired” that I did not have any ambitions to go on the field. Regardless, Finnish Rugby is doing better than ever and its great to see the sport develop continuously.
The Age of Warriors as the reigning Finnish champions is over – for now.
Fifth Sixth year in a row would have been great, but it is equally great to see other teams put on a great challenge and in doing so, offer great rugby.
— Horace Dediu (@asymco) October 3, 2013
So happy for Horace Dediu on this. We got him on board UpCloud a while back and after the initial hiccups, it’s been great to see him be able to purely focus on the content and not worry about the site staying up or not.
I’ve always loved airplanes. I seriously thought of becoming a pilot when I finished high school. I didn’t get into the air force (which I thought was the easiest way to get into flying – luckily, some 12-13 years later, my brother is following that path and he’s becoming an officer in the Finnish Air Force), but I did pickup paragliding a few years later. I flew some 100 or so flights and gathered some 20-30 hours of flight, mostly in Southern Spain during my exchange period there, ahem.
When I was about 11 or 12, I used to know about 90% of the planes ever made since the Wright brothers made their first flight. I was fanatical about them and learned not only the planes, but their different models. One of my favorite planes of all time was, and still is the B-17 Flying Fortress. She is a real beauty.
Beauty here does not mean the amount of death and damage it caused during the Second World War, but by the amount of world class engineering and superb design choices she was equipped with. B-17s were one of the first planes in mass production that had that many gun turrets, one of the reasons that made them so superior in the air. Others had several gun turrets, but B17s were superior in where they were placed and how they worked.
In addition to the gun turrets, the plane had this device called the Norton bombsight. It was a device that was able to take control of the plane, fly it – by just turning a couple of knobs and automatically drop the bombs on target, based on the speed, altitude and angle of the sight. It was one of the biggest secrets the US had in their planes. The army never allowed any photographs of it to surface.
I just finished watching one of my all time favorite movies, the Memphis Belle, which is based on an air crew flying their last mission on a B-17. Very Hollywood, but still a great amount of footage on those beautiful planes.
Image source: Wikipedia (Public Domain).
I wrote a post yesterday during my commute and decided to continue that today. I’m a big fan of AVC and Fred’s daily routine on blogging. So let’s see what comes of this.
Anyhow, I was thinking about customers this morning and how you relate to them. The traditional approach is to talk about customer centrism and customer focus. However, I try to view all new features and developments of our company through the customer.
There is an inherent difference here that makes the difference. It’s the point of view. Customer focus is still done from the perspective of the company where as putting yourself in the boots of the customer turns things around.
One of the reasons I like this approach in approving and qualifying new issues is the overall perspective it gives. How does this fit into the overall experience of the customer? Is this something that complements the usage from an overall perspective and also – how does the customer view this in comparison to other companies in the industry.
This morning’s song: deadmau5 – Channel 42.
I’m writing this on the new WordPress iOS app that came out at the same time as the iOS7 update. It has been simplified a lot and it’s actually a pleasure to use.
I’ve been wondering why it has taken them so long to “fix” the app. It’s been usable before, but now it seems like someone actually started writing posts on the app. Haven’t used this on the iPad, but am guessing it to be quite the writing app with an external keyboard.
Finnish capital city Helsinki returned 11 of its 12 wallets, while in Lisbon, Portugal, only one of the wallets was returned – by a couple on holiday from Holland.
via Mail Online.