Dopplr, the online social tool for smarter travel, has just announced it has appointed my friend Marko Ahtisaari as CEO. Co-founder and founding CEO Lisa Sounio did a great job launching the service and attracting a community of international travellers. She will now become Chairman, board members include Tyler Brûlé of Monocle and Saul Klein of Seedcamp fame.

As the company keeps growing its community and follows its vision of smarter travel Marko’s experience will be extremely valuable. Marko was Director of Design Strategy at Nokia and serves on the board of directors of F-Secure and Artek. Recently he has been Head of Brand & Design at Blyk, the free mobile network for young people funded by advertising.

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mike on December 10, 2008  · 

I still don’t get dopplr. I travel lots, but without my all my contacts using and updating it, it has no use for me. besides, another place to update your status besides FB and twitter is a hassle.

anyhow, more interesting to me is their monetization strategy. how? Martin, you should have a clear idea, though. You have invested in them. I might be missing something in their value prop

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Martin Varsavsky on December 10, 2008  · 

@ mike:

Well we have only seen the beginning of Dopplr. I am sure Marko has much more prepared for us.

mike on December 11, 2008  · 

looking forward then.

thanks, Martin.

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