Author Archives: jk

Happy 10th Birthday, Garage48!

10 years ago today, on April 16th 2010, an egg was laid. The first Garage48 hackathon kicked off at the IT College in Tallinn. The energy was amazing. Seeing the happy participants at the end of the event made us understand: something great has happened. What we did not know at that time was that […]

How Google manages their people – OKR, Objectives and Key Results

If there’s one management process that’s taken Silicon Valley by storm, it’s OKR – Objectives and Key Results. Used by Google, Twitter, LinkedIn, Sears and many others, it’s the easiest method to have people in a team moving in one direction. Here is a nice intro: OKR – Objectives and Key Results Methodology, used by […]

10 Ways to Improve Internal Communication

A presentation I did on my old love: internal communications. 10 practical tips on what you as a team leader or manager can do to improve it at your company already today. Read and try it out. Also included tons of stats on internal communications. 10 Ways to Improve Internal Communication from

Presentation: 10 ways to build stronger, more successful teams

Here’s a recent presentation I did about 10 ways for leaders and managers to run their teams better. All practical tips you can implement already today. Have a look: 10 ways to build stronger, more successful teams. Be a better manager. from

Top 10 #estonianmafia startups to watch in 2014

It’s end of the year and the annual list of top Estonian tech startups (also known as #estonianmafia) to keep an eye on in 2014 is out. Like each year, it’s based on survey of Estonian top startup leaders, angels and VC’s and other major players on the tech scene. It’s compiled by the main […]

When founders get overloaded with tasks

Building startups is tough. As founders, we always have hundred issues in tens of categories on our todo lists. That’s stressful. It seems we have to finish those hundred tasks immediately or the world will crash. So we multitask, shuffle and hustle. Quite often, it drives us crazy. I’ve had many of such days when […]

Startups are like DJ’ing

Many people consider DJ’ing being about playing the music you personally like as a DJ’ing. Working as a DJ 20 years ago I learned you could not be more wrong. It’s about playing music your audience likes and wants. You have to provide the music in the here and in the now, in real time. […]

Top 10 Estonian startups to watch in 2013

Based on input from Estonian startup thought leaders and investors (including yours truly), the weekly Estonian popular tech & startup themed radio show & podcast Restart (run by MP of the Estonian Parliament and a startup founder himself, Andrei Korobeinik) has selected the most promising Estonian startups to keep an eye on in 2013. Here […]

Giving options in European startups

The author is a serial entrepreneur, micro-angel and co-founder of Weekdone weekly employee status reporting service. To try out Weekdone for free to be up to date with your team’s progress, register here.  This week the CEO of one of the companies I’m involved with came to the board with a question of finalizing the […]

See what’s popular among friends: preview

Ever wondered, what’s popular among your friends right now? Which links are they sharing and reading? Which music listening to? What events are being attended? Even the simplest question – what movies your friends watch and like – has not had a good online solution. We’ve now launched an early pre-beta preview of a new […]