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  • UK-Estonia TechLink launch @ D5 Summit in Tallinn

    Posted on November 22nd, 2015 Mr. Leo Siemann No comments

    Dispite the fact that checkbooks are still very much in common practice, Britain shows its intrest on digital side as well :) First coming up with Digital 5 – the exclusive club of the most advanced digital nations year ago and now the UK-Estonia TechLink which is the latest initiative by the British Embassy and our tech-savvy ambassador Chris Holtby.

    The TechLink was launched by UK’s Parliamentary Secretary for the Cabinet Office Lord Bridges of Headley and Estonian Minister of Economic Affairs and Infrastructure Kristen Michal in Tallinn on 20th November. It is a brandnew platform building stronger bridges between UK and Estonia in technology, innovation and science.

    Breakfast panel at LHV bank was inspirational and intensive …

    Two days event started with Garage48 pitching contest hosted by Mike Butcher from TechCrunch, followed by FinTech conference at Tallinn TV Tower on Thursday and coffee morning panel at LHV bank, focusing on e-residency and Blockchain on Friday. The Summit gathered many international participants and experts from UK Trade and Investment, Experian, HM Treasury, Guardtime, e-Governance and banking sector.  Digital 5 unites five most advanced digital nations in the World: Estonia, UK, Israel, South-Korea & New Zealand from which Estonia has the driving seat on e-governance & cybersecurity and currently holding the presidency of D5 for a year since October 2015.

    *ERR got the story and Reporter did it in estonian as well : )

  • TransferWise is just a much wiser way to transfer your money abroad

    Posted on March 22nd, 2015 Mr. Leo Siemann No comments

    It all started because of two men – Taavet Hinrikus and Kristo Käärmann. The official story tells that both men came across the same old trouble – loosing money on their transfers. But being a good friends helped as they decided to top up each others bank accounts using Reuters mid-market rate.  So, Kristo paid to Taavet the amount of his salary in pounds to London highstreet bank account and Taavet topped up Kristos account with euros in Tallinn. Doing that on monthly basis boys couldn’t stop thinking that there must be many more people like them who might need it as a service… and so the Transferwise was born. Surely there was something to do with this Skype thing where Taavet continued his work as the very first emploee. Inspirational as it was then, so became peer-to-peer useful once again. It is no secret that banks are taking off abuout 4-5% of money we sending overseas. As Kristo and Taavet figured out that there was no actual need to send money over physically they created a much smarter system to save our hard earned pennies :)  So, how it works? Just check out the next video:

    Now, if You think that You or your friend might need this groovy solution then go & check out the instructions  and click here to get your first transfer sorted. There is a fee as little as 0,5% which is about 10 times less than banks charge us. To learn more about Transferwise watch Matt Covan interview with Taavet Hinrikus @ Cass Business School. TW is now operating on 101 currency routes and has established its presence at US market just a month ago.

    * TransferWise has received investments for further development from Sir Richard Brandson, Peter Thiel, Index Ventures, IA Ventures, Seedcamp and the latest by Andreessen Horowitz in total of $91M , which values this company close to $1BN  benchmark.

  • The Best Estonian Made Inventions are Cracking the very 1st Cover at home Finally!

    Posted on September 9th, 2013 Mr. Leo Siemann No comments

    Inseneeria, September 2013

    I launched my homepage with the wish to help would-be inventors and to introduce Estonian made inventions Worldwide in Spring 2009. As a young inventor who lived in Torquay, UK at the time, I had no idea what sort of World I had entered to. Finally now, which is nearly 5 years on I can see the fruits of my leighbour.

    I guess it is a dream of most inventors to hit the front page of the tech magazine or to crack the mainstream news channel. So it was mine, but mainly for a sake of my fellow inventors who have been abused by the system. As many of us know the Soviet Estonia was much different place as it is today …

    The legacy of our prime invention – Skype  has changed this land to the land of plenty of IT solutions. Many of them like GrabCAD , Fits.me & TransferWise are making their way to the World markets. Inspired by the success of those companies many youngsters here are dreaming to become the next generation IT millionaires. True, if there was no internet or blogging – there was no “Estonian Inventor” either .

    But there is & for that reason I am IN ! And so has one of my dreams come true just last week when our main tech magazine Inseneeria released the cover-story with the best Estonian made inventions of all time. Yes, it surely feels good to be at cover of the magazine with something what matters to my people, but it feels even better to raise up those brilliant inventors who have done so well for my little country !

    Refreshed TOP 10 is here for you to read. If you have suggestions how to improve it, please post your comments to Inseneeria or my FB page.

    “The only matter what really matters is Grey matter !”

    Leo Siemann 

  • The Gadget Show is ON again !

    Posted on August 4th, 2010 Mr. Leo Siemann No comments

    The first episode of this seasons Gadget Show was on already at Monday night. This is surely the best review in UK  of what are these new toys to get you spoiled with.  There was also a quite amusing competition going on as well … On the top of all that the show gives away 184 gadgets to the winner : ) who could be me or you !

    The show is on Channel 5 , every Monday  at 8pm  >>  http://fwd.five.tv/gadget-show