Not modest any more

When I was at Nokia, the company’s marketing tended to be on the modest side: elegant, factual, but not particularly showy. It’s clearly a “new Nokia” now: here’s how they launched the Lumia 800 in London last week:

Oddly enough, right after I watched that video, I found this post about the inside of a deadmau5 helmet: he’s the DJ Nokia hired for the big show.


Looking ahead

I came across a timely question from Rob Woodbridge in one of his Daily Mobile Minute videos last week: Is a tablet a PC? The iPad and other tablets certainly support many of the functions of desktop “personal computers,” but on the other hand, as Rob noted, calling them “PCs” just seems old-fashioned.

Nokia 7650

by Coleccionando Camaras from flickr

My response to Rob (on LinkedIn) was that even though tablets like the Pad (and my new Kindle Fire) are certainly “personal computers,” the term PC indeed doesn’t fit, because of the rest of the historical baggage that “PC” carries with it. Taking that a step further, terms like “PC” and “mobile telephone” are like “horseless carriage,” defining a new technology in older, familiar terms.

The iPad is already blurring the distinctions between laptops and “mobile devices”. Now the Fire and other smaller tablets are helping to “sketch out the place in between iPads and phones,” according to Linda Holmes from NPR. And then there are devices like this...

It’s clear (to me at least) that we’re moving towards a world of indispensable, seamless mobility, that we don’t have the vocabulary for yet. Any candidates?

photo by Coleccionando Camaras from flickr
Update: Corning claims that the future is all about the glass


Welcome to Mobile In DC, my new blog about mobile and digital strategy, mobile platforms and solutions, and (possibly) a bit of jazz improvisation.

I recently left Nokia, where I spent almost 10 years playing a part in the development of what may be the most important technology of the 21st century. I left Nokia in August, and am now looking for the next exciting challenge in the mobile and digital space, in the Washington, DC area.

Here’s how I describe myself on LinkedIn:

I’m a senior technology strategy & marketing professional with extensive international experience developing and promoting enterprise and consumer software applications and solutions for mobile and web platforms. At Nokia, I held a variety of positions in program and product management and marketing, demonstrating an ability to collaborate with colleagues and partners to reach common goals and get things done.

Before joining Nokia, I worked for over 10 years as a software engineer and architect, gaining experience in wide range of areas including 3D graphics, machine translation, Web application development and database design.

I’m interested in ensuring that organizations succeed in an increasingly complex mobile and digital landscape, by clarifying the available technology and business options, and then defining and implementing programs to create innovative apps and solutions that support their business goals.

In addition to all that, I’m also a jazz pianist and composer, playing regularly in the DC area. You can find out more about that aspect of my life on my jazz web site.

Now that we have introductions out of the way, on with the blogging!