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I am an entrepreneur, designer and investor.

I'm currently a Director's Fellow at the MIT Media Lab.

For the last four years I was leading product design at Nokia, responsible for both hardware and user interface design. Recent amazing products by the Nokia design team include the award-winning Lumia family of smartphones, the N9, and the affordable Asha and 105.

I left Nokia in November 2013 to return to being an entrepreneur.

Previously, I was CEO and Co-founder of Dopplr (acquired by Nokia in 2009) 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 an early stage fund I've invested in PeerIndex, Formlabs, littleBits, Path, and Viki among others.

I'm on the programme committee of O'Reilly Solid and 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. I live in Helsinki with my wife Lisa.



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

Nokia N9 Design and Journey