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Who do you trust your innovation upon?

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Nowadays it is increasingly easy to start producing new intellectual property, such as architecture, software code, design, music or even performing arts. There’s an arsenal of cloud services available to develop, record and propagate your creations. The world has almost become one, you create once and you have a global market. Right?.

This is certainly true for products and services – innovations – with relatively limited impact. All flowers may blossom, when the status quo is not too much threatened. Develop anything you like, use Amazon, Google, Apple or Alibaba like everyone else, to distribute. Play nice & along. It’s only 30% you give them. They certainly support your innovation.

But laws of power don’t change that fast, if ever. It was and still is different when you have something unique. In the 80s, a Finnish company Rauma-Repola developed a submarine capable of reaching unprecedented depths, with unique steel construction. What followed was frenzy diplomacy, threats, extortion and realpolitik from USA and Soviet Union. USA, with CIA and NSA as tools, was prepared to go any lengths to avoid this technology to be utilized by Soviet Union, who at the time was offering the best price, along with their KGB pressure.

So when you develop your groundbreaking IoT service, you can’t ignore global security and competition balance. US, Chinese and Russian actors will do whatever necessary to maintain their dominance what comes to disruptive innovations. Countries once subdued by them (like Germany, France or Japan) will follow suit when the going gets tough.

Finland, at its 100th anniversary this year, is a fresh global choice in this sense. Like the Finnish passport with widest diplomatic recognition, we have the reputation of trustworthiness all over the world. A Finnish platform is thus the best choice for any innovation aimed at changing the world, wherever you come from.

Chairman Mao said that the political power comes from the barrel of a gun. I say that today it comes from the coverage of your cloud.

//Pasi

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