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I am an entrepreneur, designer and investor.

I'm CEO and co-founder of The Sync Project, and a Director's Fellow at the MIT Media Lab.

From 2009 to 2013 I was head of product design at Nokia, responsible for hardware, user experience and packaging design. The work of the Nokia design team includes the award-winning N9 and Lumia. I left Nokia to be an entrepreneur again.

Previously, I was CEO and Co-founder of Dopplr (acquired by Nokia) and part of the team at Blyk, the free ad-funded mobile network. I've held board positions in Artek and F-Secure, and have served on the jury of the Prix Ars Electronica and the DA&D Awards.

Both directly and through early stage funds I've invested in Thington, Ōura, Luup, Formlabs, littleBits, Path, Pelago and Viki among others. I'm also an advisor to Kano.

I'm co-chair of O'Reilly Solid Amsterdam and on the Advisory Committee of WITNESS.

Born in Finland, I've lived on three continents, in Helsinki, Dar es Salaam and New York. I studied philosophy, economics and music at Columbia University, where I became a lecturer and Fellow of the Faculty in the Department of Philosophy. I played music professionally as a bassist and composer. I continue to make music and to sing Italian arias.


Interviews and reviews:

GOOD DESIGN Interview

Minimally Minimal on the Nokia Lumia 920

Portable Cathedrals
Dan Hill in Domus

Nokia's Visionary wants to Out-Design Apple
Steven Levy in WIRED

Smartphone Evolution is Only Just Beginning
Chris Arthur in The Guardian

Nokia Boasts Sleeker, More Modern Design
Dan Lyons in The Daily Beast

Lectures and videos:

Patterns of Human Interaction - Copenhagen Design Week

Nokia Lumia 920