Forbes: Can anyone catch Nokia the cell phone king?

Nokia the cellphone king on Forbes

The above is a Forbes magazine cover published in 2007 (if my eyes are working fine). Once upon a time, Nokia towered so huge over and above everyone else that it was difficult to imagine that any of the competitors would ever catch up, much less unseat them. But for years, if there is one thing I keep telling people: kingdoms come and go. Nations rise and fall. Companies too.

Once upon a time, the sun never set on the British Empire. Today, it is no bigger than a tiny island. Once upon a time, the Roman empire ruled many nations. Today, Rome is no more than a city. Once upon a time, the Greeks conquered land after land. Today, that empire does not exist any more.

I can go on, but you get the picture. No-one, no matter how strong or powerful, stays on top forever. There is nothing new under the sun. Still, we can’t but wonder how this cycle happens. But at the end of the day, the sun rises and sets, and life goes on.

Mister Mobility

I started blogging about mobile in 2004 as a fun way to share my passion for gadgets and mobile services. My other interests include digital media, speaking and teaching, photography, travelling, and dancing.

0 thoughts on “Forbes: Can anyone catch Nokia the cell phone king?

  • Sep 10, 2013 at 5:56 am
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    // Still, we can’t but wonder how
    this cycle happens. //

    It repeats because history repeats itself. Unfortunately, humans just learn History, but NEVER learn FROM history

    You attain a (corporate) pinnacle, get lethargic, and assume you will remain perpetually on top. Smh.

  • Sep 10, 2013 at 10:12 am
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    Any student of history knows that empires come and go, one minute they are on top of the world influencing everyone and everything and another moment they are gone forgotten in the sands of time.

    It’s a pity that Nokia had to go this way but finally there 15 minutes of fame is come and gone with Elop. it kinda of reminds me of my favourite quote

    For want of a nail, the horseshoe was lost, for want of a horseshoe the fastest horse was lost, for want of a fast horse the message was undelivered, for want of an undelivered message a battle was lost, for want of a battle the war was lost.

  • Sep 12, 2013 at 1:44 am
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    “For want of a nail, the horseshoe was lost, for
    want of a horseshoe the fastest horse was lost,
    for want of a fast horse the message was
    undelivered, for want of an undelivered message
    a battle was lost, for want of a battle the war
    was lost.”

    Nice little verse there

  • Sep 12, 2013 at 10:28 pm
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    ……And pretty soon Apple shall return to being just a fruit.

    “from whence it came forth shall it return”

    What? IBK dropped a verse, why can’t I drop a fancy line too?

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