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Office Nomad will do White Sheep in October

Posted by Janne Saarikko on June 24, 2009

I just had a meeting with Markus Grannenfelt, the CEO of White Sheep. We agreed that I will spend the month of October 2009 in their offices.

This is a special Office Nomad case, since it’s the first ever company that I have no prior relations to in any way. I’m really looking forward to experience this group of professionals.

This is what they say about themselves:

White Sheep is an award winning innovation-led digital agency whose core focus is building brand preference through experiences that engage people. We thrive on questioning the conventional and innovating new solutions for visibility and communications.

More on White Sheep in October!

At this point, I have openings still for August, November and December of 2009. I am talking with number of companies already, but it’s the fastest who will have priority… 😉

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Finnish design bottled water lands to Harrods

Posted by Janne Saarikko on June 15, 2009

VEEN Long John 033Today’s great news is that Veenwaters, a Finnish design bottled water brand, will be sold exclusively in England at Harrods Knightsbridge. Veenwaters’  new 0,33l new bottle VEEN Long John 33 will be the only water sold at all of Harrods restaurants and Harrods Food Halls.

This is really a remarkable news for a small Finnish company that launched their first design water just under two years ago. Veenwaters’ first bottle, designed by Antti Eklund,  have won numerous awards icluding “The Good Design” award.

I had a chat with their CEO Tomi Grönfors last week, and there are so many good things coming from there.

Attaching the whole press release here, read yourself.

HARRODS CHOOSES ‘VEEN’ AS HOUSE BRAND
Harrods has chosen VEEN as its house water brand. A brand new, smaller 0,33L edition will recieve its global launch at the world famous department store later this month. The award winning
spring water will be available in the store’s restaurants in the designer 0.33l and 0,66L bottles, as well as continuing to retail exclusively in the Food Halls.

Exceptional taste and quality
VEEN comes from a free flowing spring in the natural wilderness of Finnish Lapland, one of the least populated areas of Europe, resulting in exceptionally low nitrate levels. The low minerality
in the Lappish soil creates a unique, smooth taste. “VEEN’s smooth taste pairs well with excellent food and wine, we are delighted that diners at Harrods restaurants will now be able to appreciate the match.” Says Tomi Grönfors the MD of VEEN Waters Finland Ltd.
VEEN LongJohn
The crystal clear Extra Flint Glass was the natural choice for VEEN bottles to protect the taste and quality of the water as well as to ensure recyclability for sustainable product development. The clear Scandinavian design form of the new LongJohns bottle is a brand signature, with the ”LongJohn” embossing bringing a contemporary twist. The name comes from the design’s continuous wallpaper pattern that resembles the classic underwear design used in Finland.
The bottle is created and manufactured in close co-operation with Owens-Illinois.

VEEN Waters Finland Oy
VEEN Waters Finland Lts. is a privately owned company located in the town of Ylitornio in Finnish Lapland. The company was established 2006 December. VEEN is sold worldwide in selected outlets. VEEN Waters Finland Ltd, is a marketing, development and production company that is challenging the big multi-nationals with entrepreneurial spirit and Finnish flair.

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Presentation on social media at Tieke seminar “Vinkkejä ja Viiniä”

Posted by Janne Saarikko on June 12, 2009

Here’s the presentation I made on Wednesday at Tieke seminar “Vinkkejä ja Viiniä”. Believe it or not, this took only 15 minutes. Should you be interested in hearing what this is all about or wanting to know more – you know where to find us.

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Netprofile is the September host company!

Posted by Janne Saarikko on June 11, 2009

Announcing this today – confirmed yesterday.

Netprofile, the #1 tech PR company in Finland, will be the Office Nomad – Toimistonomadi host company in September.

Want to learn more about Netprofile? Go check their webpage.

I have a history of working together with Netprofile and several people from their ecosystem. It will be sooo exciting to rub shoulders a bit closer with them again!

Note! I am planning to close at least August – October slots before the summer vacations. If you are thinking about having the Office Nomad around, now is the time to act!

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RunToShop – Office nomad host company for June!

Posted by Janne Saarikko on June 5, 2009

The announcement of June host company was delayed slightly due to many small things, including people traveling.

I managed to agree that RunToShop is the host company for June, starting from Monday. Thanks guys for agile moves!

Run is a place where consumers find the products their peers love and where buying is made easy by offering the most relevant and personal recommendations. Run brings tools for extending online shopping to communities where people already are deeply involved in. Users in Run will be rewarded for their efforts.

Run is located neatly in the very new Technopolis Ruoholahti in Hiilikatu 3, Helsinki. The building is packed with startups such as RunToShop and Muxlim.

I’ll be doing some things related to Run during this month, just watch your surroundings. 😉

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Tramterview with Francois Castel

Posted by Janne Saarikko on June 2, 2009

I did an exception to do a Tramterview without the tram part. I met today with Francois Castel, a Frenchman living in Finland. Francois is working on issues related to diversity in Finland.

If you are interested in diversity and working policy, I can help you get in touch with him.

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Following Ekana videos through this blog

Posted by Janne Saarikko on May 27, 2009

I just added a possibility to follow the latest qik.com videos from the sidebar of this site. It’s located on the right hand sidebar.

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I quite ofter take my Nokia E71 from my pocket and start broadcasting. It may be something I see, a new idea or meeting someone interesting.  If you happen to visit the site while I’m doing live streaming, it will be available live. Otherwise, the latest broadcast is viewable.

Any comments on those videos are welcome, since I’m testing how ad hoc reporting really works.

Enjoy!

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Sweden Social Web Camp is going forward

Posted by Janne Saarikko on May 18, 2009

I wrote earlier about this great idea in Sweden. Arranging a camp outside of the city, packed with social media people.

It seems that the whole event is going forward. If you are interested in attending, please read more about the event SSWC or Webstock as some call it.

Should there be people going from Finland, please comment to this post. We could arrange transportation together to make it more fun.

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Nordic Social Media has a backup plan for the swine flu

Posted by Janne Saarikko on April 27, 2009

It seems that there might be some pandemic panicing in the air. Social media fans in northern Europe and especially in Sweden are not to be afraid.

Thomas Wennström of What’s Next blog in Sweden came up with an idea of Sweden Social Web Camp. After the publication of the idea on April 22nd, large number of people have showed interest for this event. The main blog post alone has 95 comments, mostly from people signing up for the event.

The idea of Sweden Social Web Camp is to take advantage of the warm nightless summer of norther Europe by taking people away from their city dwellings to the nature, by the water. With social media people this would mean lot of innovation and new ideas.

Translation from the event description (original in Swedish):

We’ll meet by a quiet lake, beautiful sea or a red cottage. And talk about social web. Some activities are pre-plannes, but mostly the agenda will be up to the ones that show up. Ideas, you should bring with you. Demo your latest project. Start a discussion about something you are pondering upon.

Everything barefooted holding to a cold beer in the sunset. Chatting by the fire when it gets dark.

I must say I immediately showed interest towards the event. They are now trying to figure out the location in Sweden. I read that besides Finland (we were warmly welcomed!) also Denmark has been curious about the whole thing.

Now, this is a great backup plan, should the swine flu become a pandemia. And otherwise as well!

Interested? Comment in this post or directly to the original blog post.

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Frantic is the Host Company for May 2009 & Help Wanted

Posted by Janne Saarikko on April 22, 2009

This whole Office Nomad thing has been a surprising ride. When I figured out how the whole thing would work, I was preparing to do some months from my home office. Little did I know.

There has been so many companies wanting to have me as an Office Nomad! Thank you everyone for your interest.

After some painful pondering, I decided to go with the first company that approached me seriously.

And that company is Frantic, a full service digital agency in Helsinki. That’s where I will be spending the month of May, after I leave the offices of Codento.

I am very excited about this opportunity. I have actually been a customer of Frantic few years back, I don’t know if they remember me from that.

There will be more data on Frantic in May. In the meantime, I’m collecting stuff on Codento, photos and videos on their way!

Help wanted: Currently, I have many candidates for June and the following months. I would appreciate any comments on how to make a selection between all these? We are talking startups, marketing agencies, public organisations, associations, technology companies… I don’t want to start charging for this, since it’s not the idea. The idea is to exchange experiences and learn new things.

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