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No Boundaries - The Digital Nomads of Estonia
Andrus Viirg, head of Enteprise Estonia Silicon Valley, talks about his family's experiences during the Soviet occupation and family members who emigrated, focusing on the events of the late 1980s and early 1990 and the subsequent digitalization of Estonia. He also discusses how Estonian companies and entrepreneurs have gained recognition and funding in Silicon Valley, and share some of his hopes and fears for Estonia's future.
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Ott Kaukver, VP and GM of voice and video at Twilio Inc. and an early employee and former Head Of Engineering at Skype, talks about his family, their experiences during the war and the occupations, his memories from the regaining of independence, and how his inherited passion for maths and physics from his grandmother, and his father’s work as a computer scientist have shaped his life. Ott also shares his views on how the regained liberty and freedom of movement in combination with the possibilities of the digital revolution have shaped both himself and Estonia, and how younger generations have vastly different outlooks and opportunities than those who have gone before. Ott discusses his personal hopes for Estonia in the future, and the challenges Estonia is facing as a small country with a rapidly evolving society in need of finding a new, positive and more constructive identity instead of the victim mentality caused by the suffering of the past, and the importance of Estonia being an internationally recognized, open and attractive country, with a healthy civil society, a respectful, non-polarizing and open debate, and a meaningful democratic process.
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Entrepreneur Rainer Sternfeld (founder of PlanetOS, co-designer of the Statue of Liberty of Estonia) talks about his family’s background (Estonian father born in Siberia and Ukrainian-Estonian mother born in Estonia) and the experiences of his family during the Soviet occupation through the regained independence. He also shares his personal memories and thoughts from his childhood about the events around 1989-1991, how the regained liberty and the possibilities of electronics technology, the digital revolution, and his family’s strong focus on providing their children with better opportunities by studying and hard work has shaped his youth and adult life. He also shares his thoughts about Estonian cultural traits like a focus on simplicity, the challenges for Estonian and global society in moving forward and not getting mired in conservative nationalism and materialism, and the importance of a healthy, open discussion for the civil society in a world in flux.
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Born in Stockholm, Sweden, Toomas Hendrik Ilves lived in the United States and Canada, and spent almost a decade in Germany working for Radio Free Europe before he became an informal advisor to President Lennart Meri and Estonia’s ambassador to the United States in Washington, D.C.. He later served as Foreign Minister of Estonia, as Vice President of the Foreign Affairs Committe of the European Parliament, and as President of Estonia for ten years (2006 - 2016). He is currently a Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. Mr. Ilves discusses his family’s background, the events leading up to Estonian indepence, and his role in shaping pivotal events and processes that have shaped the country’s recent history; with a special focus on the country’s rapid digitization and its consequences. He also discusses Estonia’s future as part of the digital world, embedded in the Western structures of finance, politics, and security.
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Kristel Viidik, founder of software testing company Testlio, talks about her family’s background (from Viljandi) and their experiences during the occupations, until the regained independence, and afterwards. She considers what her own reactions would have been. Kristel also shares her views of events around 1989-1991, and how the regained liberty and the possibilities of the digital revolution has shaped both herself and Estonia. Kristel discusses Estonia’s opening up to the rest of the world, attitudes towards change, future prospects and challenges, and her personal hopes for Estonia in the future. She also talks about Estonian identity and culture, and how Estonia can find its place in the world.
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Entrepreneur Sten Tamkivi (of Skype and later Teleport fame) talks about his family’s background (from Saaremaa and Tartu) and their experiences during the occupations, until the regained independence, and afterwards. He also shares his personal experiences and thoughts about the events around 1989-1991, and how the regained liberty and the possibilities of the digital revolution has shaped both his personal life, Estonia, and the prospects for Estonians and Estonian society. He explains how and why Estonia was able to fully utilize the digital revolution in the unique way that it did. Sten discusses Estonia’s opening up to the rest of the world, attitudes towards change, future prospects and challenges, if there is such a thing as Estonian culture, and his personal hopes for Estonia in the future. He also talks about his views on Estonian identity, and how Estonia can find its place in the world.
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Venture capital investor Steve Jurvetson of Draper Jurvetson Fisher (investors in e.g. Tesla and SpaceX) talks about his prominent Estonian family’s background (from Saaremaa and Tallinn), their experiences during WWII and the occupations, his immediate family’s escape from Estonia to the United States, their subsequent reconnection with Estonia after the regained independence, and the role Estonia and Estonian identity plays in the lives of himself and his family today. He also shares his personal experiences and thoughts about the events around 1989-1991. Steve also discusses Estonian culture and identity, Estonia’s future prospects and challenges, and his personal hopes for Estonia in the future. He also talks about how Estonia can find its place in the world.