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Baltic Startup Mafia is a podcast and page on Facebook and LinkedIn, where anyone in the world can get quick and easy access to startup news from three countries in the Baltic region: Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

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Baltic Startup Mafia is a podcast and page on Facebook and LinkedIn, where anyone in the world can get quick and easy access to startup news from three countries in the Baltic region: Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia.

    Neobank with the aim to become AI assistant. Story of Zelf.

    Neobank with the aim to become AI assistant. Story of Zelf.

    Latvian startup neobank Zelf is building a platform on top of existing tech giant products - WhatsApp, Messenger, Viber. Are they not afraid of being shut down by those platforms someday? They are not! The Zelf founder and CEO Elliot Goykhman explain how his startup is helping those platforms to earn more. And neobanks have a bright future because they are able to offer innovations. Elliot says that relationships between traditional banks and innovations can be described as relationships between deer and headlight - deers freeze when they see a headlight. The same happens with banks when they meet innovations.

    Also, check out the Baltic Startup ecosystem update. Companies included - both new unicorn companies Zego and ID.me as well as startups Skeleton Technologies and Scoro from Estonia 🇪🇪, Affise and CGTrader from Lithuania 🇱🇹 as well as Jeff App and Zelf from Latvia 🇱🇻.

    #startinlatvia #startinlv #LTStartups #Estonianmafia #balticstartupmafia

    • 33 min
    Startup with 5 co-founders. Story of Droplet Genomics

    Startup with 5 co-founders. Story of Droplet Genomics

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    Deep tech startup from Lithuania Droplet Genomics recently raised 1 million euro in funding from venture capital. Juozas Nainys is the CEO of the company and one of 5 (!) co-founders. He will share some insights on how it is to live in the world where every decision should be made by five people. Jouzas will also describe deep tech startup ecosystem in Lithuania, explain why he is not complaining about the lack of talent and convince that science will save us from the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Also, check out the Baltic Startup ecosystem update. Companies included - Bolt, Pipedrive, Elunow, Starship, and Inzmo from Estonia 🇪🇪, kevin. and Amberlo from Lithuania 🇱🇹 as well as UAV Factory and Smartomica from Latvia 🇱🇻.

    #startinlatvia #startinlv #LTStartups #Estonianmafia #balticstartupmafia

    • 30 min
    Estonians doing business in SouthAfrica. Story of Planet42

    Estonians doing business in SouthAfrica. Story of Planet42

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    3 years ago 2 guys from Estonia went to South Africa with the business idea. A couple of months ago their startup Planet42 raised 10 million dollars that make a total investment of 20 million invested in Planet42. How have they got so far? How are they doing in South Africa? And what are their next milestones? Find out more in the interview with Eerik Oja, CEO, and co-founder of Planet42.

    Also, check out the Baltic Startup ecosystem update. Companies included - Bolt, Veriff, Modularbank, and Rendin from Estonia 🇪🇪, Eneba and Ondato from Lithuania 🇱🇹 as well as Design Scan from Latvia 🇱🇻.

    #startinlatvia #startinlv #LTStartups #Estonianmafia #balticstartupmafia

    • 31 min
    Camera as a service. Story of Giraffe360

    Camera as a service. Story of Giraffe360

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    "We knew that we are going to have a subscription business model before we even had the business," says Mikus Opelts, CEO and the founder of the company Giraffe 360. "What is so special about our camera? Well, it is yellow!" he smiles. To be more precise - the camera does what nobody else in the proptech industry can. We talked about the business, all-in company culture, and how hard it is to rise money for the hardware company. "The peak is only halfway because you still have to go down. And most of the injuries happen there," says Mikus.

    Also, check out the Baltic startup ecosystem update. News from the Baltic Unicorn company Bolt. Other companies included - Drops and Planet42 from Estonia 🇪🇪, TransferGo and RRR.lt from Lithuania 🇱🇹 as well as Mintos and F3 from Latvia 🇱🇻.

    Recent reports covering the Baltic startup ecosystem - Baltic Startup Funding Report by Change Ventures and 2020 Report: Baltic Startup Scene by Startup Wise Guys.

    #startinlatvia #startinlv #LTStartups #Estonianmafia #balticstartupmafia

    • 35 min
    Fully remote global business raises 20 million dollars. Story of Argyle

    Fully remote global business raises 20 million dollars. Story of Argyle

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    Audrius Zujus is from Lithuania and currently, he is CTO and founder of Argyle - a company that is based in New York but run globally. A team of 55 people is located in various countries and even continents. The company is fully remote from day one. And it doesn't mean that the whole team is spending their days on never-ending Zoom calls. "Remote work culture is not difficult. It is different. You have to trust people and you have to give them clear goals and responsibilities," says Audrius in the interview. Tune in for more!

    Also, check out the Baltic Startup ecosystem update. Companies included - Pipedrive, Skeleton Technologies, and Warren from Estonia 🇪🇪, Vinted and SME Finance from Lithuania 🇱🇹 as well as Printful, Gamechanger Audio, and Altero from Latvia 🇱🇻.

    #startinlatvia #startinlv #LTStartups #Estonianmafia #balticstartupmafia

    • 35 min
    Stone age industry digitalization by accident. Story of Lokalise

    Stone age industry digitalization by accident. Story of Lokalise

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    When Petr Antropov left the founding team of Odnoklasniki, he thought that the value of his shares has reached the highest point. The reality was harsh - a bit later he could have been sold his shares for the price that was 40 times higher! Petr doesn't want to make the same mistake again in his new startup Lokalise that has just raised 6 million dollars in funding. And he also has an interesting opinion on how government can ruin startup growth. Tune in!

    Also, check out the Baltic Startup ecosystem update. Companies included - LongeVC and a bunch of startups from Latvia 🇱🇻 who are getting ready for Slush, CoInvest Capital, Fertrado, Act On Crisis and Viezo from Lithuania 🇱🇹, as well as Klaus and Sentinel from Estonia 🇪🇪.

    #startinlatvia #startinlv #LTStartups #Estonianmafia #balticstartupmafia

    • 37 min

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