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innovative Estonia & the Skype Phenomenon

Enterprise Estonia Silicon Valley

Friday, June 28, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 1:45 PM (PDT)

innovative Estonia & the Skype Phenomenon

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What is it about Estonia, with an obscure language and unenviable weather that produces more startups per head of population than any other country in Europe?

Please join us for this exciting event where you will have an opportunity to learn what is the Estonian secret sauce that brought us Kazaa and Skype and continues to grow the next generation of startups going global.

If you are an entrepreneur, you will learn if the fledgling tech tiger Estonia is the best place to start your next start-up or out-source your development. If you are an investor, you might find the next Skype. You will see and hear from established players and young hot startups.

Conference Agenda

9:00am                        Conference Registration & Networking

9:25am – 9:30am         Opening Remarks: Andrus Viirg, Enterprise Estonia Silicon Valley

9:30am – 10.00am       Keynote: Disruptive Innovation & Entrepreneurship 

Steve Jurvetson, General Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson (DFJ)

10:00am – 11:00am      Panel: The Skype Phenomenon and e-Estonia


Toomas Hendrik Ilves, President of Estonia (via Skype link from Tallinn)

Steve Jurvetson, General Partner, DFJ

Taavet Hinrikus, Employee #1 at Skype, Founder and Executive Chairman, TransferWise

Scott Miller Strategic Partnerships, Skype USA

Taavi Kotka, IT advisor of The Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and


Moderator: Cyrus Farivar, Senior Business Editor, Ars Technica

11:00am – 12:00pm     Panel: New Breed of Tech Companies from Estonia Going Global


Martin Koppel, COO, Co-Founder, Fortumo

Mike Gault, CEO, Guardtime

Rainer Sternfeld, CEO, Founder, Marinexplore

Ullar Jaaksoo, CEO, NOW! Innovations

 Moderator: Richard Allan Horning, Counsel, Dentons US LLP & Honorary   

 Consul of Estonia in Silicon Valley

12:00pm – 12:45pm     Pitch Session of Estonian Tech Companies

import2; Merocrat; Transferwise; Funderbeam

Panel of investors organized in partnership with Silicon Vikings

Bill Reichert, Managing Director at Garage Technology Ventures

Jostein Vik, Partner at Viking Venture

Victor Hwang, Managing Director at T2 Venture Capital

Gina Bauman, VP of Marketing at Institutional Venture Partners

Matthew C. Le Merle, Managing Partner at Fifth Era & Keiretsu Capital

Moderator: Adiba Cremonini, Executive Director at Silicon Vikings

12:45pm – 1:45pm       Networking Lunch

1:45pm                        Conference Adjourns



Have questions about innovative Estonia & the Skype Phenomenon? Contact Enterprise Estonia Silicon Valley

When & Where

440 N.Wolfe Rd
Plug & Play Tech Center
Sunnyvale, 94085

Friday, June 28, 2013 from 9:00 AM to 1:45 PM (PDT)

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