Estonians in the USA

Beebi Boomers – the children of fate

Andres Simonson writes about the Beebi Boomers – the children born in the United States, Canada, Australia, Sweden and other countries to native Estonian political refugees who fled the Soviet invasion and the illegal occupation of their fatherland.* In the war-torn Estonia of 1944, two families from disparate parts of the country make a …

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Estonian-American admiral Edward Masso named the next US ambassador

US president Donald Trump announced his intent to name the retired rear admiral, Estonian-American Edward “Sonny” Masso as the next ambassador to Estonia. According to the White House, Masso is a decorated naval officer and the founder of Flagship Connection, a consulting company on business development, strategic planning and operations …

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Hundreds gather in LA to celebrate Estonia and their heritage

The West Coast Estonian Days, taking place from 31 August to 4 September, will see several hundreds of visitors celebrating Estonian culture, identity and the upcoming centenary of the republic. The United States hosts one of the most vibrant Estonian expat communities in the world – there are cultural societies, …

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Global Estonians podcast: Steve Jurvetson

The Silicon Valley-based technology entrepreneur, Rainer Sternfeld, interviews the Estonian-American polymath and venture capitalist, Steve Jurvetson. Born to Estonian parents Tõnu and Tiiu in 1967, Jurvetson graduated at the top of his Stanford University class as a Henry Ford Scholar. After gaining work experience at Hewlett-Packard and Bain & Company, …

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Silicon Valley’s Intertrust acquires the Estonian-founded Planet OS

A Silicon Valley company, Intertrust Technologies, has acquired the assets of the Estonian-founded geospatial big data service provider, Planet OS. Planet OS, founded by the Estonian technology entrepreneur, Rainer Sternfeld, is a big data infrastructure company for geospatial IoT (Internet of Things), solving the most difficult data discovery, data access …

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Why the relationship between the US and Estonia matters

As the United States celebrates Independence Day, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on 4 July 1776, the date on which the country formally separated from the British Empire, it’s timely to send good wishes from Estonia and be grateful for the American support throughout the years. On …

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Estonian-founded Bikeep installs secure bike racks in San Francisco

Bikeep, the Estonian startup that builds smart and secure bike racks, has announced the first pilot station installation for the San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) to reduce bike theft at its stations. The company’s first installation for BART is now installed at the 16th Street Station in San …

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Support the ban on fur farming in Estonia – Mena Suvari

The Estonian-American actress, Mena Suvari, known for her role in “American Beauty” and other films, has sent an open letter to the Estonian prime minister, Jüri Ratas, expressing her support for a bill introduced by parliament members in February to ban fur farming in the country by 2028. Suvari’s letter follows a recent …

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Estonian cultural days celebrated in New York

An annual celebration of Estonian culture takes place in New York City from 5-9 April, with a lineup of performers from Estonia. The cultural days feature concerts, theatre performances, lectures and other events, engaging Estonians from both the local diaspora and abroad and celebrating Estonian culture in the United States …

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