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What is the Finnish word for scam?

Saturday, 30 January, 2016

On 28 November 2014, we posted an item titled Jolla is pronounced “yolla’. It was about a Finnish startup, “which topped the crowdfunding target it had set for its Sailfish OS tablet in just two hours. Now, almost $1.3 million has been pledged and the campaign has 12 days left.” The Indiegogo crowdfunding platform said a total of $2,571,382USD was raised and the “Original campaign was 479% funded on December 9, 2014.”

And now? “Dear Jolla Tablet supporters and other Jolla followers, Happy New Year! Together, let’s make this an ever better one than last.” So began a post that appeared on the Jolla blog on Thursday. The date was 28 January, but Antti Saarnio (“your Jolla captain”), awakening from his Nordic hibernation, did not seem to think that it was a bit late in the month for greeting 2016. That should have raised a few red flags. The post was titled “Jolla Tablet: Aiming for Closure” and it contained the following disclosure:

“We have been analyzing different alternatives regarding the Jolla Tablet project situation. But no matter how you come at it, the tight financial situation remains a major constraint and therefore a main driver of the solution. Furthermore, due to the delays in the latest financing round it has simply become too late to produce all the tablets for the project. The supplier no longer has the needed components and many of them are no longer available. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done now to change this.”

Jolla said that it had shipped 121 of the tablets and it will deliver another 540 units next month and that will be the end of “the world’s first people powered tablet.” Everyone else will be offered refunds, but “Due to the financial constraints this will happen in two parts: half of the refund will be done during Q1/2016, and the other half within a year, our financial situation permitting.” Good luck with that.

Jolla

Note: The Finnish word for word for “scam” is huijaus (noun), and the verb to to defraud or embezzle is vedättää. This does not suggest that the Jolla founders intended to scam, defraud or embezzle, of course.


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