Ede Schank Tamkivi

Ede Schank Tamkivi is an Estonian author and journalist. She currently lives in Estonia and runs Eesti 2.0, a non-profit organisation that aims to inspire the next generation of Estonians to choose a future in technology. Previously she was editing Eesti by the Bay, a website for and about San Francisco Bay Area Estonians.

Getting off the ground with Estonian-founded RocketFuel scholarship

The Estonian-founded RocketFuel Scholarship, worth €1,000, helps those who want to learn some 21st century skills all by themselves, taking advantage of the multitude of online resources out there. “If you come from the humanities background like me and want to start programming, you’ll instantly get confused: there are so …

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Atomic kids: how tech-savvy children are shifting stereotypes in Estonia

Girls as young as fifth graders are getting more and more into the tech and robotics industry in Estonia, shifting the stereotypes according to which this field of study is only meant for boys and men. A small school in Voore (part I) The sun brightens up the day, The …

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Kristel Kruustük, a cofounder of Testlio: testing is my passion

No matter where she goes, Kristel Kruustük (27), until recently known as Kristel Viidik, a cofounder of Testlio, is likely to stand out in a crowd. “No matter what my last name may be, everyone will always know me as Kristel, the girl with big hair,” she laughs and adds …

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Standing out from the crowd: Karoli Hindriks, the founder of Jobbatical

Having just raised USD2 million for her company from some of the top venture capitalists in the US and Europe, Karoli Hindriks, the founder and CEO of Jobbatical, is one of the most successful startup entrepreneurs in Estonia. Raising a round worth more than EUR1 million always draws a lot …

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Global Estonians – Kerstin Karu (Silicon Valley)

Kerstin Karu is a typical Silicon Valley early-stage entrepreneur. Startuppers are a distinct kind of people that cannot be defined by their gender, age, nationality or education. Only one thing is certain: they are self-assured, optimistic and full of confidence. While talking to Kerstin these are the features you’ll notice above …

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