Engadget Prints Purported Memo From Nokia CEO Stephen Elop

Stephen Elop, in a purported company-wide memo:

The first iPhone shipped in 2007, and we still don’t have a product that is close to their experience. Android came on the scene just over 2 years ago, and this week they took our leadership position in smartphone volumes. Unbelievable. […]

How did we get to this point? Why did we fall behind when the world around us evolved?

This is what I have been trying to understand. I believe at least some of it has been due to our attitude inside Nokia. We poured gasoline on our own burning platform. I believe we have lacked accountability and leadership to align and direct the company through these disruptive times. We had a series of misses. We haven’t been delivering innovation fast enough. We’re not collaborating internally.

No word on what his solution is, but at least he’s diagnosed the problem.

(My guess: They’re going to go with Windows Phone 7.)

Tuesday, 8 February 2011