Nokia’s decision to lay off 1400 employees in Finland presents a great opportunity for the mobile software sector, according to Peter Vesterbacka, Chief Marketing Officer at Rovio, the Finnish company that developed the hit game Angry Birds.
There is a real shortage of mobile software developers globally and Nokia’s lay-offs mean that Finland now has a huge resource of mobile know-how that is available for other companies. Vesterbacka believes that this is good news for Finland, where everything has been revolving around Nokia for too long. He encourages Nokia’s former mobile developers to start new companies or to the join the start-ups and networks linked with the universities.
Rovio is also hiring new staff and expanding its business. “Our objective is to become a leading global entertainment brand in the next three years. In addition to the games we will then have movies, television programs, books and fan products, among other things,” says Vesterbacka.
He believes that the ambitious plans can be implemented without listing the company but it’s also possible that the company will be listed in 3-4 years time. “Rather the stock exchange than selling the company just when we have achieved something,” he says.