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Nokia: where good ideas go to die

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Guardian si interroga sulla scomparsa di Dopplr (acquisita da Nokia, esattamente un anno fa) e mette insieme un’immagine inedita di Nokia – azienda distruggitrice di valore grazie ai disastri compiuti con le ultime (mica tanto ultime, poi) acquisizioni.

Dopplr
When bought: September 2009
How much: $20m (est)
What happened next: nothing, apparently. “We have decided to bring it into a maintenance mode… but will not develop it further at this stage”

Symbian
When bought: June 2008
How much: €264m
What happened next: it made Symbian open source and based its phones on it.

Navteq
When bought: October 2007
How much: $8.1bn
What happened next: Nokia phones now include free sat-nav.

Novarra
When bought: March 2010
What happened next: nothing visible.

Cellity
When bought: July 2009
What happened next: nothing visible. The last mention of Cellity on Nokia’s site is in 2009.

Plum
When bought: September 2009
What happened next: visitors to plum.com have fallen to a tenth of those a year ago.

Motally
When bought: August 2010
What happened next: Motally customers were told accounts would be closed.

Comments

L’unica spiegazione possibile e’ che Nokia usi queste acquisizioni per ammazzare la concorrenza per conto terzi. Tipo: TripIt e Nokia che fanno un patto per affondare Dopplr.

Ah pero’ pensando a quanti grattacapi mi sta dando Symbian, c’e’ anche un’altra ipotesi: che alla Nokia si siano bevuti il cervello.

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