August 2, 2019

Five for Friday: Nokia alumni

Startups founded by Nokia alumni are making a name for themselves on the international scene.
Startups founded by Nokia alumni are making a name for themselves on the international scene.
Julia Bushueva

Nokia’s deep roots in Finland are the foundation for many local success stories. This week, we take a look at a handful of companies which emerged after their founders left the telecom giant.

At its peak, Nokia was the epitome of Finland’s economic success and innovative spirit. After a well-documented decline resulted in considerable downsizing of staff earlier this century, the culture that had fostered groundbreaking technologies began to spawn numerous very promising startups.

Check out these five firms founded by ex-Nokians.

Casambi

This company aims to brighten up the future with lights that can be adjusted to increase alertness and wellbeing. The solution offers users the possibility to adjust illumination according to their individual preferences and requirements.

“Lighting has traditionally been kind of accidental,” CEO Timo Pakkala told us in 2017. “It is always a bit too bright or dark with limited controls. But today, tuneable lighting makes it possible to mimic natural light and even change colour temperature based on the weather outside or what someone is doing. We call it lighting that fits the purpose.”

The technology relies on Bluetooth and a wireless mesh network that together with an easy-to-use app and an intuitive interface make for a user-friendly solution.

Anaxeos

In any relationship, communication is key. Yet, whilst we may call dogs “man’s best friend”, it’s difficult to say exactly how they are feeling.

The people at Anaxeos thus have created a smart vest for four-legged furballs that pairs with an application to help us to keep track of our companions’ health and wellness.

“Anaxeos doesn’t make pie charts and histograms,” founder Toni Koutu explained a year ago. “Instead, it makes sense of the numbers and gives alerts and suggestions regarding things like what to do if your dog’s temperature is too high.”

QuietOn

It is not a well-kept secret that our morning readiness depends heavily on how well we slept the night before. The founders of Quiteon have come to the rescue for light sleepers – now it’s time to get some undisturbed shut-eye with noise cancelling earbuds!

The earbuds effectively block out all noise but have been engineered to especially shut out low frequencies, such as snoring. So far, the technology has been received with well-rested, open arms.

“Our feedback has been magical,” COB Janne Kyllönen rejoiced in 2018. “The product has the potential to change people’s lives. Its ability to minimise the irritation caused by snoring has already saved some marriages.”

Team Action Zone

As its name suggests, this company has set out to boost teamwork with the help of technology. With the ActionTrack solution, users can design, create and gamify indoor and outdoor experiences anywhere.

At its core, Team Action Zone is about boosting synergy between employees and getting people moving.

“We want to offer something that can increase the sense of community and help people exercise,” CEO Kari Laurila said. “This is our contribution to better health, fun learning and encouraging creativity.”

Disior

The good people at Disior want to give bone fractures a taste of their own medicine by supporting the decision-making of doctors with the help of numerical data.

The software turns medical images into figures and statistics that aid the diagnosis and treatment planning of bone fractures and soft-tissue damage.

“Currently this type of analysis is largely manual, which means that decisions about treatment can be highly subjective,” explained Disior CEO Anna-Maria Henell. “Our software provides data that is accurate, objective and comparable.”

Text: Jonathan Öller

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