According to the World Economic forum report called The Global Information Technology Report 2005-2006 “Networked Readiness Index,” Estonia is ranked no 23, ahead of all other Central and Eastern European countries. USA, Singapore, Denmark, Iceland and Finland took the first 5 positions. Press release here.
Looking at the page of Business 2.0 magazine it seems they offer subscriptions in US only (no link to them provided on purpose). I tried to search everywhere on their page, but everywhere you click you will find only a US price and US subscription number. Or to be true, they mention also a Canadian… Continue reading Business 2.0 available in US only
Although one of the world´s leading casino software developers and operators Playtech is not an Estonian company per se, all of their software development and system operation is done by a 200-strong team of Estonians. As such congratulations go to their whole team on their last weeks hugely successful IPO on London AIM, which was… Continue reading Estonian casino software developer Playtech´s successful IPO
Although MicroLink, the leading Baltic IT services company based in Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, was sold to local telcos already in the spring, the price of the deal – 25,5 mEUR – came public only now. Some valuation multiples compared to the 2004/2005 financial year results (running from July to June) were: 0,7 times revenues… Continue reading Largest Baltic IT company sold for 25,5 mEUR
There is a nice article about technology companies in Estonia in today’s NY Times. It mentions the usual suspects: Skype, Jürvetson, Playtech, Webmedia, Martinson and others, so does not really give much new information per se. The key thing to understand is what comes out from the quotes: Estonian technology landscape has an ability to… Continue reading Estonia is the Silicon Valley of the Baltic Sea
Want to visit Estonia? Want to know more about Estonia? Visit the campaign site Welcome to the Wild, Wild Est! where you can find some information and register to win 10 wicked weekend passes to Estonia. Dinners, hotels, limo rides and club VIP entrances included. Unfortunately the free plane and ferry tickets are only offered… Continue reading Welcome to the Wild, Wild Est!
Today, December 7th at 11.00 CET will see the strat of issuance of .eu domain names by EURid. It will be quite fun to watch, as it will be a kill or be killed event between trademark and company name holders in different countries and trade mark groups. The first period where prior rights owners… Continue reading Battle for .eu domains will launch today
According to eGaming review, another company similar to Skype in having its 200-strong IT development and support organisation based in Estonia, is rumoured to IPO on London Stock Exchange or change hands via a trade sale. It’s Playtech, one of the leading casino and gambling software manufacturers in the world, running many of the top… Continue reading Another Estonian-based b$ exit on the horizon?
While I join everyone in congratulating Skype (Jeff has posted some good comments and links to other blogs on this) and all the great people there, there are many reasons why the Skype deal is also of great importance to Estonia and Estonians. It should be a big push to start new successful tech startups… Continue reading Congratulations to Skype and Estonia
A few days ago the Gartner Hype List 2005 came out. Reading through it, there is a mix of things yet to come, some which are common today and some that will continue to be only hype, but never materialise. Podcasting probably is a thing that will remain a niche app, but it might be… Continue reading Hot Or Not