Posted on June 1st, 2014 No comments
It might be a little hyped, but surely there are reasons why Estonia has been on the top of the World tech news again. This time it was the BusinessVibes who wrote about us as the Startup Paradise. Why I’m not surprised is the fact that since I’ve been back to Estonia from 2011, I have met people almost every day who are doing some groovy tech stuff, specially in the digital world.
US Embassy & American Chamber of Commerce called us together to Tehnopol last Thursday to meet the NEA Venture Capitalists with Yanev Suissa and Alex Oppenheimer on board. The NEA is apparently the Worlds biggest VC firm who has been investing into tech & healthcare more than $11Bn. Is it still the legacy of Skype or just the growing number of startups that has got their eye is hard to say, but probably it’s a bit of both. So we were sitting there with megabux in the house and listening their advice how to attract big VC company and comments on the pitching contest of top 7 new startups selected by AmCham. Startups were interesting as usual and it seemed that 2 or 3 of them got their eye indeed. Winners were: DigiFLAK , MRPEasy and Chief Financial Wizard. My personal favoutie was actually the AuthenticateIT.com , which helps you to check out if goods you are buying are real brands and not a counterfeit ones! The app is free to download already & I guess China would love it …
* As myself I managed to launch the Invention News channel and that was a very first public appearance for us. The show will air weekly @ brandnew TV8 , starting from the end of June. Our news-studio is located at the UK Lounge, Tehnopol, wich is the very same place where event was held but more news on this – next time
Photos & comments on the workshop can be found @ AmCham Facebook page.
Posted on May 11th, 2014 No comments
The Science Centre AHHAA has opened a real groovy hands on exhibition about the nature forces on the Sea! I was honored to step on their red carpet with my dear friend last Wednesday night and surely my 200 miles journey from Tallinn was well worth it : ) The opening ceremony was spectacular with a reception and chello-boys’ on the rooftop which made it a bit of Titanic like indeed … Well thought & done exhibition has even a model of a sinking ferry for you to try out with a slide to the resque boat of course.
Earlier on that day we had a conference dedicated to edutainment, which was all about entertainment within education for children and adults. Speakers included experts on the field: Minister of Education Jevgeni Ossinovski , ex-minister Jaak Aaviksoo, Dr. Erik Puura from the University of Tartu, Asger Høeg from Experimentarium Denmark and the others. Photos of the event can be seen at Flikr & on Ahhaa FB page. I must say that the exhibition is well entertaining and educational indeed.
Posted on May 3rd, 2014 No comments
Estonia is know as one of the best startup contries in the World today and this trend shows the growth. Most recent event - Latitude59 , held at Mektory TUT, confirmed it as well as the crowd went up from expected 300 to 600 people!
Ain’t no surprise to see the folks here from all around the Globe, so we had it this time. The panel included business angels from Moscow to L.A. Even finns are keeping close eye on us as a poor brother’ can surprise Speakers included : Vint Cerf, Martin S.Hauge, Toby Moore, Taavet Hinrikus, Christian Thaler-Wolski, Tom Henriksson, Deborah Magid, Tim Draper and some other well known entrepreneurs and business angels. At some point there was sitting about 1bn on the stage and answering to the questions of the growd. The final pitch-contest brought up the next startups: Mageflow, WellBiome, Bikeep, Froont and Visitret. The first prize with a 5000 eur check was taken by e-paper producer Visitret, who I belive could be our next Skype’. The show was great and so was the cake afterwards ; ) & BIG Thanx goes to the host Mektory !
We know that our government has put more attention to innovation & Startup culture and expecting the growth up to 15% of its annual turnover from this sector in coming years. It clearly shows the way our e-country is moving today with its tax credits to startup companies and with efficient and well admired e-Tax Board where you can submit your tax return in just a few clicks!
*The goal of the conference is to bring together startup entrepreneurs, VC’s and angel investors to boost the expansion of the new smart-core businesses. Latitude59 is the official partner of Estonian ICT Week.
Posted on April 27th, 2014 No comments
It’s on now and it is hot ! Garage48 hosts a bootcamp @Tehnopol which is orientated Health and Wellness startups. It has been on since last Friday and will gather for the final pitch & prizegiving at 17.30 tonight. Don’t miss it ! The Livestream can be caught here & Photos on FB.
Posted on April 23rd, 2014 No comments
A little more than 20 years of freedom has passed in Estonia with some good results but obviously there is lot more work to do before we can step amongst developed countries. As we know there is quite a bit of foreign money and IP which rules Estonia today, leaving us with many framed options. Looking at Intellectual Property (IP) sector according to EITK reports, only 30% of Estonian companies are using IP . So it looks like we are mainly dealing with import-export, outsorcing and service sector. Furtermore, there are less than 100 active national patents in use, which are the outcome of the local R&D. By statistics most patents inforced in Estonia are foreign owned.
The American Chamber of Commerce invited us to round table breakfast at Radisson Blue Hotel yesterday to celebrate the World IP Day and to discuss IPR matters and strategy for Estonia. The event was opened by the US Ambassador Mr.Jeff Levine. Speakers included: Mr Andres Anvelt the Minister of Justice, Taavi Kotka from Ministry of Econimic Affairs, Marek Helm Head of Estonian Tax & Customs Board, Indrek Laul from Estonian Piano, Martynas Bieliünas from Microsoft Baltics and Asa Krook from Borenius Finland. The speakers pointed out some shortcomings we have today but also the progress what we are making with the codification of IP rights in Estonia. There was a little debate about the cloud and copyrights in a global sense and two rounds of questions asked by public and answered by the panelists. It is hard to say how good the new IPR law is going to be for us, but it should reach to the Parliament table in Autumn. In my opinion it would be awesome if we could create IP heaven over here somehow, making tax credits for those companies who are using IP in their everyday business.
*Photos made by AmCham cameraman are here
Posted on February 23rd, 2014 No comments
Yeah, it will be 5 years soon from the day I launched my homepage while I was living with my lovely wife & daughter Charlotte in the UK. It all happened in a rocky seaside town called Torquay which is the heart of the English Riviera , well known by its history and nightlife. Honestly this place is full of legends from the past like Charles Darwin, I.K.Brunel, Agatha Christie, Isaac Singer and many others. I must admit it is the most inspirational place on the planet Earth I ever lived in my entire life.
As many of yours, so did my parents divorce which I found hard to overcome. But life went on & so did I. After passing Oisu Primary School with flying colours I graduated Kuusalu High School in 1992 and then Tallinn Medical College in 1996 as Military Assistant Doctor. I practised in various hospitals & military field for few years before I left for the UK where I lived 12 wonderful years in total. Now, England really got me as I experienced & learned a lot in those years. I learned how to play tennis & golf, I studied sports medicine, I worked, I got married & we made a business. Also I was a keen member of local poetry club & writers club at St.Marychurch Torquay. After graduating as a Sports-Massage Therapist at South Devon College in 2001, I had a luck to work with some of the finest sportsman in the World. My massage clients included 4 World champions & 2 Olympic gold medalists. But that wasn’t my final call yet as you might of thought …
Posted on December 21st, 2013 No comments
The first ever Estonian Inventors Conference was held at Mektory, Tallinn University of Technology campus on Friday the 13th December 2013. Now this is a serious stuff as within 20 years of freedom no such conference has been made! Let me ask Why? I guess reasons are obvious: Post-communist back does not encourage people to invent or to be creative individually but tells them to get a good job and obey the system instead. So this is not yet as trendy to be inventor or entrepreneur over here. The other reason is fact that the Estonian Inventors Association which is connecting independent inventors, has been performing low core and there are no funds in place to support such kind activity. It is almost expected that if you are serious inventor you must invent the money making machine first and then all other things on the top of that ! Apparently this is not the practice of the most innovative countries in the World today. All of them have made some serious investments to their public sector first, like Japan, Switzerland or Sweden who has the oldest inventors association in the World today …
Posted on December 1st, 2013 No comments
This is my Guestbook where any inventor who is known to the public can sign in. It does not really matter where are you from or what is the colour of your skin. As long you have invented something, which has improved our life on planet Earth, You are Welcome to sign IN ! And that means, you can contact to me over Facebook or email and tell me what is your invention about. If it is smart enough, I will edit and publish your story at “Inventor’s Guestbook” . There are no royalties at this point of time, but you will be granted with the access to my content. Plus, Your benefit is to became the guest of this exclusive book series, which I have just made available via Publification.com . Simple as that. I will be waiting for your entries then! And for all our readers: The story of Dr. Arved Vain & his Myometer was signed in today! You can by the access to my e-Book for 2.99eur only via Paypal or credit card payment. *Inventor’s Guestbook is not supported by Internet Explorer, but it is well supported by my assistant miss Digital
Posted on November 29th, 2013 No comments
The Latvian marine company Catrigroup led by Mareks Justs is looking for the sponsorship for their new ultimate trimaran Catri 25 on hydrofoils. Their previous yachts, built under the managment of inventor Aldis Eglājs were named as Catri 24, 26, 27 & 31. Surely they have done well, but now is the time for upgrade, said Mareks who believes that their new yacht is probably the fastest C-class trimaran in the World, which has been designed for both – Racing & Cruising. In fact 10 years ago Catri was the only trimaran on hydrofoils in the world, with 40% hydrofoilng. “Today we attend to be the first trimaran with 100% hydrofoiling that extremely increases speed up to 30 mph or more instead of 20-25mph and this difference on sailing yachts is big. More important is the Stability System invented by Aldis, which allows to sail on Catri even in open sea waves” – said Mareks. Catri 25 Team has set the target to compete at some of the major European races starting from March 2014. As we all know – good things take time. Therefore, if you are interested to join the team and to get your nice logo on Catri 25 trimaran, please contact to me soon by email: firstname.lastname@example.org as this sems to be rare, uncommon possibility for advertisement on the fastest yacht !
Posted on November 9th, 2013 No comments
The eighth Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon is about to visit our annual robotic show “Robotex” on coming Saturday 16th November. He will also have a speech for us in early morning at 10.30am ! So, if you wonder – Should I go or not – then it is not too hard to decide anymore I guess .. After all, Robotex is the biggest tech show of the year and there is no enterance fee either So, you better be there to enjoy robotic sumo and football matches and also the tech show where we should see the first electric Formula in the World, which was built here in Tallinn just few months ago … To check out the shedule Go: www.robotex.ee . To read my review & watch photos of Robotex 2012 just look at here.
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