Nokia said last week that it was pruning back investments in new services and will slash 450 corresponding jobs. This week, the company is confirming that as part of those changes, it will be closing down an office outside of Seattle, where a year ago it planned to develop a major headquarters for its push into online entertainment and community services.
The closure signifies just how much the handset maker is scaling back plans to become a company that makes money through advertising and content sales, in addition to phone sales. The Kirkland, Wash.-based office was home to Ovi’s Share service, which was a media-sharing site, much like Flickr, YouTube or Picasa.
Nokia picked Kirkland after acquiring Twango, a media-sharing start-up that was based in the area. Last year, it secured a lease to fill two floors, comprising of 25,000 square feet in an office that they were remodeling, so it had a Nordic feel. At the time, the office had 51 employees, but they were hiring up to 125, according to The Seattle Times.