Living the Extremes

How I Left The Information Society, My Business, and GNU/Linux

Why Nokia failed with mobile phones? Santeri Kannisto’s autobiography is a highly critical insider story that challenges the values of the information society and takes the reader to the backstage. The most important question is whether development is as inevitable as we think. Santeri found his happiness elsewhere. He quit his business, SOT Finnish Software Engineering Ltd, after a 13-year career. He left everything behind, got married for the third time, and became a digital nomad.

  • Hardcover; 236 pages; Directory
  • ISBN 9789525491272; price $37.45
  • Published by AMK-Kustannus, 2007
  • In Finnish: Platinainen pilvenreuna; Available in Finnish

Santeri Kannisto: "In the book, I'm writing about the people and the businesses I worked with including Nokia, the GNU/Linux community, and the Finnish public sector. My life often resembled a soap opera."

Despite of its negativity, it is hard to stop reading the book. It is detailed enough to keep the reader wondering what is going to happen next. Thanks to the tone, The book would make excellent study material for balancing uncritical enthusiasm around software entrepreneurship - especially if you are thinking about creating a software start-up. For those who followed SOT (Santeri's company) closely, the book reveals what happened to the company.

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