Other than beautiful nature, Estonia offers these startups

Here is a list of Estonian Startups which you can start using instead of other alternatives or since there is nothing else like it. With the startup environment and the productive mindset most Estonian Startups provide agile and stable solutions.

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Estonian Startups

Unicorns
Productivity
Finance
Entertainment
Code

Unicorns

These startups are the startups with the biggest valuation, over 1 Billion USD, which gives them the widely accepted status: 'Unicorn'.

Transferwise

Money Transfers

Transferwise is a cross-border money transfer service, through a simple but smart idea, hardwork and years of persistance and perseverance, disrupted the banking system's most outdated infrastructure of 'movement of money between people, countries, borders, continents'. Millions of users are thankful that they did. TransferWise was launched in London in early 2011 by Estonians Taavet Hinrikus, the first employee of Skype; and Kristo Käärmann. The company started with making transfers between the UK pound and the euro but expanded its services with other currencies over the years. The company became profitable in 2017 and currently has over 1,000 staff in offices around the world.

Alternative to : Paypal, Banks, Swift, Western Union, Flying overseas to to give cash to someone

Bolt

Ride Hailing

Bolt (launched as Taxify) was founded in Tallinn back in 2013 by then 19-year-old student Markus Villig, who was frustrated by the waiting time and expense of taxis in the Estonian capital – especially in the weekend nights when returning from a night out. He launched a mobile app that allows people to request a taxi or private driver from their smartphone. The app also shows the price and waiting time. The company later also expanded into electric scooters and food delivery services. Following an international expansion, Bolt currently operates in over 30 countries and in more than 150 cities around the world.

Alternative to : Uber, Waiting on the streets for Taxis, Hitchhiking, Running with shopping bags

Productivity

There are bazillions of to-do apps, note-taking websites, chat and instant messagin platforms. So these below are some viable options if you are looking for an alternative solution with some twists that may somehow provide the small and simple nuance that makes your day easier.

Pipedrive

Customer Relations

The Estonian-founded, New York-based Pipedrive is in the customer relationship management industry with 550 employees and is led by CEO Timo Rein. Pipedrive is a cloud-based sales software company with offices in Tallinn and Tartu, Estonia; New York City, New York; Lisbon, Portugal and London, United Kingdom. It is the maker of the web application and mobile app Pipedrive, a sales customer relationship management tool for salespeople in scaling companies. The company, founded in 2010, has over 85,000 clients in 170 countries.

Alternative to : Salesforce, Remembering every customer's name and birthday, Notebook, Keeping customer related data in your inbox

Toggl

Time Tracking

Toggl is a time tracking tool that works in your browser, desktop and mobile phone. It is designed for effortless time tracking. You can easily capture fragmented worktime. Switching a task or creating a new one is as simple as one mouseclick. Toggl is made by a remote team spread all over the globe. But the company's headquarters are in Estonia. It is the leading online time tracking tool, which is extremely popular among freelancers, consultants, and small companies. It allows users to track the time spent on various projects and analyze productivity. It’s internet-based and can be up and running from scratch in less than a minute. Toggl has real time sync with web tracker, desktop widgets and mobile Apps.

Alternative to : Pomodoro Timer, Your watch, Alarm clock, Computer's time, Hourglass, Burning ropes as timers

Remode

Remote Monitoring

Free, cloud-native, simple system inventory and health monitoring tool for Windows PCs and servers. Helps you see an overview of all, on your grid, with a single click, cool if you're responsible of a remote or distributed team. Remode is created by a small company based in Tallinn, Estonia: NodOnce. Most of the work is done remotely in multiple locations, by a small group of people. Co-founders are a cyber-security director and a software director managed office and remote teams before. The solution is a simple cloud-native app that just works and feeds info to cloud.

Alternative to : Checking every computer at the office for disk space, cpu & ram walking up and down, catching a plane to Vietnam to understand why remote team's machines crash when working with the company CRM.

Scoro

Business Management

Scoro is the most comprehensive business management software loved by agencies and consultancies around the world. Scoro is an end-to-end business management solution that allows professional and creative services to control their entire workflow from one place. It helps to streamline work and eliminate routine tasks to ensure a business runs as smoothly and efficiently as possible – from sales right through to billing. Scoro’s features include calendaring, task and project management, quoting and billing, enterprise-level reporting and a real-time dashboard.

Alternative to : Project management, job scheduling, time tracking, finance management and reporting handled by twenty five different applications

Fleep

Team Collaboration

Fleep is a flexible messenger that integrates with email and lets you store and share files easily. It enables communication within and across organizations - be it your team chats, project communication or one-to-one conversations. Fleep is a web, Android, iOS, Mac and Windows app that wants to bridge the gap between ‘reply all’-style group email and enterprise messaging/IM services. Founded by ex-Skypers, Fleep is a messaging service that fills the gap between email and various IM/texting services. They take email’s ability to contact anyone and marry it with real-time messaging. They are based in Estonia, with offices in Tallinn and Tartu. Their services are hosted on Amazon EC2 in Dublin, Ireland.

Alternative to : Slack, Teams, Skype, Yelling at the office, Sending postal mail to your colleague, Sending email and calling immediately afterwards to check if your email reached them

Finance

Finance has become digital. Part of it was always digital, but recently it is almost all digital. Payments, investments, portfolios, deposits, everything. Hell, even money is digital now. So there are some apps that helps you manage this.

Fiyaka

Portfolio / Investment Performance Tracking and Comparison

Fiyaka, is basically a free financial investment comparison (finansal yatırım karşılaştırma in Turkish) tool.. Fiyaka helps her members to gather their various invesments together, and let them see the latest worth of the portfolio. Members can see the worth of their portfolio, and the total profit and loss of their investments, with regards to Euro, USD, Gold and the local currency. Fiyaka is created by a small company based in Tallinn, Estonia: NodOnce.

Alternative to : Excel and logging in and out to multiple apps

Entertainment

Music, movies, theater, books, art. This is what separates humans from other animals, well, as far as we know, yet. Throughout history we have found different mediums to express our feelings, ideas, pain and joy. Current status is that we are moving all this online.

Malt

Click and Listen, Connected with Deezer

Created and curated playlists arranged and categorized depending on your mood. No AI, no machine learning, no data-mining.. Everything is created by humans for humans, who have similar feelings... Just click-and-play. Needs you to login with Deezer to work. Otherwise it is free. Preparing to make the code open-source, so everyone can create a radio for themselves.

Alternative to : Listening to machine generated stuff, listening to same favorite tracks over and over, creating and managing millions of hour of music

Code

There are tools for you to jumpstart your development process and decrease the time to market and help you focus on business value of your ideas. There maybe tools/CMSs to help you create a blog and frameworks to help you create anything bigger. Just try.

Genes

Backend and Frontend Web Framework / CMS and more...

Genes is a simple backend and frontend framework. It has no dependency on other libraries. Backend is currently PHP (more languages to come), frontend is native html, css, js. Everything is vanilla. Genes is created and maintained by a small company based in Tallinn, Estonia: NodOnce. If you're going to use a DB, it needs MySQL (more dbs to come) Its lightweight, simple and basic. No special setup required. In order to use it, you don't need to include loads of other open-source libraries. It's learning curve is very low. It's extremely flexible, as it forces no development model. It forces no deployment or CI/CD model. No special hosting required, any shared hosting will do. You can use a single genes folder to create multiple clones. You can even use the same single DB.

Alternative to : Spending 2 years, 2 million Euros, hiring 20 people for every idea you have, being forced to change your CV to mention a framework in order to get a job.