Leaving Nokia

Seven years ago, I joined Nokia Research Center in Helsinki, Finland to pick up my research career again after a few years of working as a software engineer. Since then, I’ve been working on many different things but all somehow related to location-based services. Three and a half years ago I moved to Berlin to continue in what has recently been re-labeled as Nokia’s Location & Commerce unit where I continued to work on location-based services but this time in a more technical role. I’ve had loads of fun building some of the core server components in Nokia’s places and search products; I’ve had the pleasure to work with a lot of very smart and talented people with a lot of different backgrounds; and I got to work with all sorts of interesting technologies and server-side infrastructure.

The last seven years were fun, very intense, and I learned a lot. I joined Nokia at the peak of its success. And while I have witnessed the steady erosion of market share and related changes over the past few years, I consider myself lucky to have been in Berlin where despite the relentless re-organizations and re-structurings elsewhere in Nokia, things have stayed positive and optimistic. Today’s Location & Commerce unit is in a great shape for the future and has some really solid and exciting products and services. I am genuinely proud to have been a part of that.

But now the time has come for me to move on and seek new challenges and I will leave Nokia at the end of November. I’ll still be in Berlin, which has a very lively and interesting start-up scene, and I will be looking there and in other places for new exciting things for me to work on next.

In the past few days, I’ve been busy polishing my CV and linkedin profile. If you know me, feel free to connect there; or if you don’t contact me via linkedin or one of the other ways listed on my contact page.

6 Replies to “Leaving Nokia”

  1. Hi Jilles, Why not go back a few steps towards your roots and join again? You’d be more than welcome! Otherwise success finding a fitting challenge in Berlin. Greetz, // Magnus (de Zweed @ GX, if you remember…)

    1. Sure, of course I remember you. GX was a fun place to be and it is good to know I’d be welcomed back. As you guessed, I’m indeed going to try to find something in Berlin, though I’m not excluding the possibility of moving elsewhere.

  2. I’m not worried for you:) There are plenty of projects out there that would be lucky to have you. Good luck, and have a lot more fun!

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