Nokia plans to invest in imaging startup, Pelican Imaging, as part of its continuous search for new technologies to bring to their current customer base and to attract new customers, mainly from the iOS and Android arena. Nokia has been very active in the past in bringing new unheard of technologies to the masses. In 2002 Nokia launched the Nokia 7650 the world’s first camera cell phone, and Nokia kept on going and going, bringing us innovation after innovation up until the latest Nokia Lumia range with Qi (inductive power standard).
So Nokia has always kept its boldness in investing into new technologies, and with this strategy and dedication, I see their market share growing significantly in the future. especially with the Windows Phone Platform.
So what does Pelican Imaging bring to the table? Pelican Imaging has developed a revolutionary new array camera for mobile devices, providing depth at every pixel. Focus on any subject, change focus after you take the photo, capture linear measurements, scale and segment your images, all on any device.
Learn more at http://www.pelicanimaging.com.
Nokia Growth Partners expands presence in China with two senior hires
Sunnyvale, CA and Espoo, Finland – Nokia Growth Partners (NGP), a global venture firm, today announced the launch of its third fund with a further US$250 million long term commitment from Nokia.
Nokia Growth Partners will continue to invest in high potential businesses within the mobile ecosystem in the U.S., Europe and Asia. NGP also announced its expanded presence in China with the appointments of David Tang as managing director and Lu Guo as principal.
“Over the past decade, Nokia has developed an innovative venturing strategy,” said Timo Ihamuotila, Nokia executive vice president & chief financial officer. “Our ongoing commitment to Nokia Growth Partners reinforces Nokia’s support for a vibrant mobile ecosystem and our determination to collaborate with industry innovators to build great mobile products.”
“Nokia Growth Partners is delighted with Nokia’s continuing commitment, which recognizes strong financial performance since our formation in 2005,” said John Gardner, managing partner of Nokia Growth Partners. “What sets NGP apart from pure financial investors are the partnerships and insights our invested companies get from their close association with Nokia. In the past year, NGP has also realized several successful exits, including the IPOs of Morpho and Inside Secure and sales of Swype, Summit Microelectronics and Netmagic. We are excited about our existing strong portfolio of companies and their potential impact globally.”
“We are pleased to welcome David Tang and Lu Guo to the NGP team and look forward to their contributions to our ongoing investment activities in China, an important market for Nokia,” said Paul Asel, managing partner of Nokia Growth Partners. “David Tang is well known in the Chinese venture community as an advisor to leading mobile businesses such as UCWeb and Ganji. NGP has enjoyed a long relationship with Mr. Tang during his earlier tenure as vice chairman of Nokia China.”
David Tang and Lu Guo together have over 35 years global technology and investment experience. David Tang joins Nokia Growth Partners from AMD where he was Corporate Senior Vice President and President of AMD China. Lu Guo joins from Keytone Ventures where he was Vice President responsible for mobile and Internet investments. They will be based in Beijing.