On Wednesday, May 26, 2010, just after 2:30 p.m., the unthinkable happened:Apple became the largest company in the tech universe, and, after ExxonMobil, the second largest in the nation. For months, its market capitalization had hovered just under that of Microsoft -- the giant that buried Apple and then saved it from almost certain demise with a $150 million investment in 1997. Now Microsoft gets in line with Google, Amazon, HTC, Nokia, and HP as companies that Apple seems bent on sidelining. The one-time underdog from Cupertino is the biggest music company in the world and soon may rule the market for e-books as well. What's next? Farming? Toothbrushes? Fixing the airline industry?
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Learned about him today through Twitter and he had a story about Japanese start-ups. I’d a break and went swimming in the lake. We’ve had around +30 C and it was refreshing.The Finnish start-up scene resembles the Japanese one. We don’t comment blogs that much. People write down their thoughts but the discussions take place in Qaiku, Twitter or Facebook. Some folks enjoy to discuss in LinkedIn.A big problem for Finland is the nationalistic focus. We’re a member of the European Union and the country’s future depends on export, but still, we try to solve miniscule national problems and don’t have an eye for the global needs.That’s sad, we’ve talented people, but we’re trapped into a market with only five million inhabitants. Much of the development talk about open innovation takes place in Finnish language. That isn’t by definition very open. There aren’t many others outside the borders of Finland able to read our thoughts.
@saarikko Apple has been able to build a religion based on the support from very loud and loyal believers and active congregations around the globe. The most influential supporters and developers being in USA. Nokia’s beliefs are in engineering and logistics, production and product features. Apple used to have evangelists thirty years ago (@jwa Kawasaki). Nokia is proud of its production expertise. It’s a product manager driven company. And they sure have a lot of products! Apple’s cultural approach to mobile computing came from desktop publishing and easy to use computer expertise. Nokia tried to leap into mobile computer handsets from mobile devices. Their cultures are very different: Apple succeeded to grab the role of global mobile innovator in the eyes of millions of active and loyal supporters. Nokia’s top management has a communication problem. They don’t get their message to the press, not the bloggers, not to social media, not to their users and not even to the share-holders…