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Help Me Anssi-Wan-Kanobi, You’re My Only Hope

There’s a super post on TechCrunch by Mike Butcher about his hunt to interview Nokia’s Anssi Vanjoki… Good luck Mike!

Mike points out that Anssi is Nokia’s equivalent of Steve Jobs. I wouldn’t disagree with that at all. Indeed, I was thoroughly impressed with the chap’s candour and enthusiasm when we met him back at Mobile World Congress.

We had 25 minutes with him and I captured it all on film. If you’d like to see the guy ‘in the flesh’ banging the table with enthusiasm, I present the three episodes we created:

Anssi on the future of mobile:

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Anssi on Symbian, Maemo and MeeGo:

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Anssi on the N97 ‘issues’:

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(These should all work on your iPad and iPhone thanks to the HTML5 video player I installed last week.)

By Ewan

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3 replies on “Help Me Anssi-Wan-Kanobi, You’re My Only Hope”

“Anssi is Nokiaโ€™s equivalent of Steve Jobs” — I'm not sure that's right. Could it be that Vanjoki is actually part of the problem?

From the few times I've seen him speak over the years, he's unreconstructed. Past glories give him huge influence, but he doesn't seem to listen. And isn't he responsible for some of the big strategic misses at Nokia?

Other times he seems like a hot-shot, so what do I know.

I had the presentation on mute when my fiance passed by, “Are you watching yet another ww2 documentary?” was her comment. I am not going to speculate here on what made her make that assumtion.

Anssi is a great guy but I kind of agree with some of Mr. Gabriel Browns comments ๐Ÿ˜‰

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