Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 3rd Mar 2013 13:48 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless At TechCrunch, Jolla's CEO Marc Dillon explains why his company will focus on China, Finland, and the rest of Europe first, ignoring the US. "The US market is not on the radar as yet, as he says the patent landscape there 'raises a barrier' of entry to newcomers (he's especially critical of overly aggressive use of design patents)." Considering the patent mess in the US is only getting worse, expect to see more of this in the future. Jolla is making a wise decision by ignoring the US - as a young technology company, you're far better off focusing your attention elsewhere.
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Repeating past mistakes...
by Bill Shooter of Bul on Mon 4th Mar 2013 15:31 UTC
Bill Shooter of Bul
Member since:
2006-07-14

I can understand the need to start small and grow the market as you refine your product such that most of the problems are fixed by the time your are at the global stage. It also makes sense to start in a place where you understand the market.

However, ignoring the US market completely would be a bad move. Very reminiscent of Nokia's treatment of the US market. I think its lack of engagement in the US market contributed to its dramatic decline. Being the worlds largest single economy means that its media reaches much farther than one might expect. Its ability to market products is unmatched. By not having that market interested in your products, you get crushed by the wave of reporting, advertising and general discussion of the products that are interested in the US market.

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sparkyERTW Member since:
2010-06-09

Very reminiscent of Nokia's treatment of the US market. I think its lack of engagement in the US market contributed to its dramatic decline.


I don't know if I'd say the lack of US interest is what brought Nokia's downfall, though it certainly didn't help. I think it was more they didn't hold on to the international markets they had by having a compelling offering, which led to Android and iOS devices stepping in.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:
2006-07-14

I think the main difference between a low end symbian device and a low end android device is that a low end android device is an android device which is in some way a validation of their economic status through the advertising and general buzz. Functionally, I don't think there were many differences.

I don't have high hopes for Jolla. I think at some point Nokia is going to point at them and say "thats why we went with windows phone", which is really sad because it (sailfish/mer/meego) is a great operating system which never had a chance due to business reasons rather than technical ones.

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henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

I think it was more they didn't hold on to the international markets they had by having a compelling offering, which led to Android and iOS devices stepping in.


Absolutely. Same as with Blackberry/RIM. Nokia owned mobile phones for a long time in the UK, but by 2009/2010, they were an also-ran largely because of the weakness of their smartphones.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

However, ignoring the US market completely would be a bad move.


Firstly, he didn't say they'll never enter the U.S market.
Secondly, it's perfectly possible to run a successful and profitable company without being active in the U.S market.

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