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So Long, It's Been Good to Know You Nokia!

Today, I’m leaving Nokia to start a new company Atihita Inc. In the coming months and years, I’ll be blogging a lot more about Atihita. For this post, I want to take a moment to reflect back.

My Trolltech (and later Nokia) journey started during the spring of 2007, when I was invited for an interview to Oslo, Norway. It was my very first trip to Scandinavia.

I don’t say this often, but if Norway had California weather, I would probably have liked Norway better. Norwegians are very nice people and Trolltech was a extremely special place to work. I hope to grow Atihita with a similar set of values, like the ones that made Trolltech great.

But, for a dude hailing from Singapore, I was surprised to see snow (and to be in a snow storm) during spring. I guess that was a bit too much for my equatorial hide. Around the same time Trolltech had another opening in Taiwan. So, after another round of interviews in Beijing, I got an offer, which I gladly accepted.

Thus began the awesome journey of the last 5+ years. While this journey has seen many ups and downs, following are some things that I’ll always look back with fond memories.

  1. Firstly, working with a remarkable set of colleagues, some of whom are the finest in the world at their craft. More importantly they are amazing human beings. Thank you for everything, and I look forward to working with you again.

  2. Secondly, building, promoting and selling great products that made developers and customers happy.

  3. Thirdly, getting an opportunity to travel and party all around the world during numerous business trips. Connecting in person with my fellow colleagues, developers and customers. During this period, I moved to Taiwan, then back to Singapore and there after to San Francisco Bay Area.

Like with everything else in life, this journey was also a mixed basket. Instead of writing about it, I’ll just share with you the words of Woody Guthrie below.

Before that, as my Finnish colleagues like to say when they’re about to make a point - “Just to be clear” I wish Nokia my very best!

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