2020 November

How it all started – our story, part 01

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Not so long ago, “two-soon-to-be” EX-Nokians were standing in a queue with about fifty people ahead of them and more than a hundred behind. Waiting endlessly for their turn, one of them got very hungry and the other one got his first parking ticket. Neither of them could abandon the queue and both kept wondering why there is no app for such a situation?

This happened in the autumn of 2012 – the same time when Nokia was ramping down its operations, primarily in Tampere – Finland and also worldwide. At that time, all our co-founders were working for Nokia’s MeeGo program in Tampere and were also a part of the ramp down. In other words, they were fired, together with 4000 others.

Those were interesting days. Not everyone had a work-obligation and we were all a part of Nokia Bridge Program – specially designed for exiting employees to help them secure their future. We used to have innovation camps where like minded people would come and discuss ideas and make teams to execute that idea.

We pitched our idea to our colleagues and very soon we had a team that started to discuss the nitty and the gritty details.

Hello world, again.

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Autumn in Finland

I would like to start this blog post with this beautiful picture of “Autumn in Finland”. Known as “ruska” in the local language, autumn in Finland is relatively long and exceptionally beautiful. Even though October and November are the darkest month of the whole year; the sunny days, the golden leaves and the calm-reflective-lake-surface make it an inspiring sight for all. In the forest, it feels like an explosion of colors when the reds, browns and yellows come together to inspire the innovative part in people.

It was exactly 8 autumns earlier, in 2012, when we gathered as a team and co-founded Codemenders Oy. There have been many ups-and-downs, cloudy days and dark nights since then but we have stayed together – looking positively at the bright colors of autumn and with a confidence that has boosted our morale from time to time.

As I write this blog post, first I would like to thank our co-founders, our team members, our mentors and our dear customers – for believing in us and for staying together since then. Next, I would like to take a can of positivity and spray it all around. In these challenging times of COVID, every one needs, in some way or the other, a positivity tan – so that next time when they are out mingling with family, friends and people, they can proudly say “hello world, again!“.

Stay tuned for more!