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Wednesday, June 01, 2005

As Nokia Lifeblog transfers from Nokia Ventures Organization to Multimedia Business Group it is time for me to look for the next big thing.

Merrygogromit_1Today Nokia Lifeblog has transferred to the Multimedia group to become a central component in the Nokia Nseries experience.

It is a day with mixed feelings; on the one hand I am really happy and proud that Lifeblog is becoming a core component in all Nokia Nseries devices. It is a major milestone for a venture to become deeply integrated into the core of a business group and get the scaling benefits. Lifeblog has completed all the venturing milestones and has reached a venturing goal of creating new and innovative solutions, which will help to renew Nokia.

What makes me sad is that I will not follow Lifeblog team to their new home. The team has been the best part of the journey. You have worked so hard shaping the vision, designing and engineering, promoting Lifeblog inside and outside of Nokia. I am so proud of you all; I really enjoy working with you. I am sure you will make your new ‘owners’ equally proud. In the past I have always left innovations dear to me. I think that is the best way for the innovations and for me. I firmly adhere to the theory that each phase in the product lifecycle needs a unique style of management and my way of managing works best in the early phase with lots of chaos and uncertainty, where the task is to define something out of nothing. A phase characterized by leadership more than management. In the Multimedia group there are well defined management and marketing structures in which Lifeblog will fit, ready to scale the solution as soon as the Nseries devices starts shipping. I am of better use somewhere else.

I am looking forward to a long summer break. Six great weeks of holiday, two weeks bonus after being 10 years with Nokia and 4 weeks of normal vacation provides a perfect transition from Lifeblog to the next thing. During the summer I will think of what to do next. I am not in a rush away from Nokia, a company very very dear to me. It is one of the greatest companies to work for; the people are extremely smart, there are lots of opportunities ahead. I am excited what is going on in the company. On the other hand I think it is good to stop for a moment, look around with open eyes. With my wife Nina we have even agreed that we can move anywhere in the world, so if you know of something very cool, let me know!

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Your next project should be an aggregator for phones with podcasting support. Its as challenging as LifeBlog.

Posted by: Vishi at Jun 2, 2005 12:18:33 AM

hey you can visit the backwaters of kerala, is a place where you can chill urself and think in peace, a perfect place to refresh...
cheers nagu

Posted by: nagu at Jun 2, 2005 8:59:30 AM

Two Points..

There is say a projec tin which we are turning the chaos of the OEm JVm implmenetatiosn upon the OS kernel state and multimedia boundries into order by correct xp tools all under FOSS to everyojne..

Still no direct financial support yet..alpha sometime this fall..

Second point, I have taken to using several big companies offfers of writing programming articles through literary agents to fund this.. Is there any chance Nokia will open up their to the possibilitiy of paying for programming articles/tutorials?

I hear Estonia is nice this time of year..

Posted by: Fred Grott at Jun 2, 2005 1:28:59 PM

You must feel emotionally exhausted to let go of a dear project - do have a great holiday and worry not, the next challenge will find you.

Have a great holiday. I have enjoyed reading your blog and if you choose to blog the next thing as well, great, let us know how it turns out.

Posted by: Tuija at Jun 2, 2005 8:33:53 PM

yep, boss. it was a great project.

Posted by: charlie at Jun 3, 2005 9:46:27 AM

I second the podcast to the phone idea, along with a way to listen to internet radio away from my computer...

Posted by: anthony at Jun 3, 2005 11:23:42 AM

Hi Christian,

Would you consider a board position for a startup that fits square into your recent experience? If so, please email me. I'll sprinkle you with magic NDA dust, so you can consider the company.

Posted by: mobile jones at Jun 3, 2005 7:58:53 PM

yep boss, it's a great project! ;)

Posted by: at Jun 4, 2005 1:04:40 PM

jees...i feel emotional too. These almost five years working with you have been assume time. The time with Lifeblog project has been absolutely assume... this journey has been a wonderful adventure and learning experience, more i could have ever imaged. You have been the best boss i ever have had! All the best for you and your girls. Relax, enjoy and re-charge your batteries before your next big challenge!

Posted by: carita at Jun 5, 2005 3:06:43 PM

Congrats for obviliously job well done!

I'll hope you find something interesting for the next thing.

And more importantently..:), make sure to keep on bloggin!

Enjoy your holiday!

Posted by: Henrikki at Jun 5, 2005 3:35:03 PM

Rock on.

Posted by: Frankie Roberto at Jun 7, 2005 12:15:59 AM

Hey Christian,

Congratulations on the Lifeblog success, I hope it continues to grow.

Since you mentioned that you might be looking for a new project, we have something that should be of interest. A while back I found your interview with Nate Mook on BetaNews from April 20, 2005 which contained a very interesting quote...

BN: You have said that one-handed operation is key to reaching a mass market. Can you expand on this? ...
Lindholm: One-hand operation is key for any type of multi-tasking. The mobile phone is evolving to a moving computer, a computer that is used while you physically move and here the only way is to enable one hand use. ... The key problem that has not been solved on the media consoles is text input.

Well, we are of the same mind on this point and for the last few years have been developing (and patenting) a new input interface for mobile devices. This interface is operated with one hand and is very fast and intuitive for a variety of applications, including typing. We are currently looking for support and your professional opinion would mean a lot. Please take a look at our site,
for details or email us for more info. Hope to hear what you think.

Posted by: Diana Shkolnikov at Jun 8, 2005 11:34:40 PM

Dear Christian Lindholm,
RPPtv is a platform developed under the Broadcast Testbed Programme in the UK and recently we have been working on uploading 3GP Nokia video content through our MetaDataEditor up to our server to allow mobile phone video users to edit their own films, add new soundtracks ( also edit these ) and email the resultant personal film to friends, family, share the published film with other users etc...
Thought it useful to mention this to you.
All the best,
( we also like sailing ).

Posted by: will buchanan at Jun 17, 2005 5:55:40 PM

You are one of the smartest people I've met in my travels. I'm very happy I got to have lunch with you at the Reboot Conference.

If I can ever help you achieve your dreams, let me know!

Posted by: Robert Scoble at Jun 28, 2005 4:17:08 AM

Scoble, how can you know that he is the smartest if you met him only for short time? Scoble: why are you advertising Microsoft's competition - series 60 and denigrating Microsoft's Windows Mobile?

Besides this: Christian worked for Nokia Ventures Organization (NVO) that in contacts with me (as journalist) was claiming that it is independent from Nokia company. Anyway is financing all start-ups that declare not to use Microsoft technologies, but only those from Sun (Java) and nokia.

Posted by: Comic Strip Blogger at Jun 28, 2005 5:16:32 PM

Came to your site through a fortuitous finding of a Q&A you did. Then saw the bad news that porn spam made you turn this blog into a monologue. I wanted to send you the following link, but I guess I'll post it here under "Work," hoping you will see it. It's a write-up I did of my experience with the Nokia 770 Internet Tablet. I don't think you worked on this project, but I thought perhaps you would still be interested:

Posted by: Mike Cane at Jun 28, 2005 7:37:25 PM

Wow, and Hi,

After reading your blog, was quite amazed at how interested i would be in reading it.

I dont know you or know of you, I just cam in search of enabling lifeblog to interact with Moveable Type 3.2 on my personal site as have been having problems.

But i guess this is definatly not the avenue to go down for help.

But after reading your blogs, I just wished id worked where you did and took part in all the work you have.

I also commend you on doing such a grand job, as lifeblog really is an excellent application i now hope to use all my life, webspace permitting, lol.

Thank You.

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The job will allow me to leverage my understanding of mobility, mobile devices and their users. I think this will become an amazing learning and creation journey.
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