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October 20, 2008

“It’s a very nice design”

PALO ALTO, USA – That was Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo’s response when asked what he thought of the iPhone’s design. Low-key, and succinct, much like the man himself. Whilst OPK was visiting the Palo Alto office, Elise Acherman from Silicon Valley’s The Mercury News caught up with him to ask him a bunch of questions.

Unlike his answer to the iPhone question, his answers to the rest are more in depth and the whole interview is well worth a few minutes of your time. Meanwhile, here are some of the highlights.

Nokia gets a lot of flack for its sales in the USA, generally without
the flack-throwers really understanding why it is the way it is. OPK
outlined what happened pretty simply, and briefly what he’s planning to
do about it

“We decided to ramp down one business model and ramp up a new one,
meaning that we completely did stop that business”

and on making

“The overall target is to make progress in the United States step by step.”

Kallasvuo goes on to talk about some of Nokia’s competition (or not)
and what’s interesting about the USA, and specifically Silicon Valley.
I don’t think it’s any surprise that he said “mobility was not led by
the U.S” or even that “Silicon Valley has been the leader in the
Internet”. However as he talks about the Internet, he reveals that
Nokia doesn’t believe it’s something it can manage from afar, and it
needs that presence in Silicon Valley to be involved.

The thing I found most interesting about Kallasvuo’s interview though
was the thing he said the least about, calling the evolution of the
mobile phone industry the “Convergent Digital Industry”. Not one I’ve
heard before, all the same, I wonder if it’ll catch on?