500 Startups

Limited partner in a number of funds since 2012.


Seed investor. Acapela helps remote teams be more productive by avoiding unnecessary video meetings.


Investor and happy rider. Ampler makes light e-bikes for urban commuters that look simply like beautiful, understated bycicles.

Andreessen Horowitz

Entrepreneur in Residence 2013-2014, which lead to founding and funding of Teleport.

ASI Private Equity

Partner and Chairman. ASIPEAS is an investment collective of Skype founders and early employees.


Limited Partner. Atomico invests in Europe’s most ambitious tech founders at Series A and beyond.


Investor. Ride sharing and food delivery powerhouse covering dozens of markets in Europe and Africa with cars and scooters.


Collective member and Limited Partner. byFounders is a unique collective of founders backing mostly Nordic and Baltic early stage entrepreneurs.

Career Karma

Seed Investor. Career Karma is a community of peers, mentors and coaches that will help you land a dream career in Tech.


Investor. Curve is to Banking what Netflix is to TV and Spotify to Music.

Digital Sputnik

Investor. Digital Sputnik’s unqiue software controlled LED lightning systems have been used in movies from Star Wars to Independence Day.


Seed investor. Estelon is one of the world’s most luxurious speaker brands.

Estonia’s Friends International Meeting

Patron. EFIM is an annual gathering to thank and recognize business, political and cultural figures whose actions and advice have helped Estonia to develop.

Estonian E-Residency

Member of Supervisory Board. Estonia is the first country to offer e-Residency, a government-issued digital identity and status that provides access to Estonia’s transparent digital business environment.

Estonian Founders Society

President 2019, Vice President 2020. Estonian Founders' Society (EFS) aims to boost local startup community, strengthen direct relationships between founders, meet face to face in a social setting, share experiences and empower new young founders.


Investor. Filecoin is a decentralized storage network, powered by a blockchain and a native token.

Flamingo DAO

DAO member. Flamingo is an NFT-focused DAO… Wait, what?


Seed investor. Fleep is a conversation-centric work messenger from a group of early Skype engineers.

Forwards Studio

Co-founder & partner in the 90s. Forwards Studio was a legendary sound studio and indie label in Tartu, Estonia.

Founders Pledge

Member. We’re a global community of entrepreneurs finding and funding solutions to the world’s most pressing problems.

Halo Interactive DDB

Founded in 1996, straight out of high school. The first digital media agency in Estonia.


Donor. Good Deed Education Fund is a philanthropy fund founded by the new generation of Estonian entrepreneurs.


Executive and Board member, 2001-2005. Helmes is one of the leading custom software developers and system integrators in the Baltic states, mostly serving large logistics, finance, telecom and utilities companies as well as the public sector.


Seed investor. Human built an iOS app with elegant game mechanics to inspire people to move 30 minutes, every day.


Investor and consumer. Lahhentagge is a craft distillery of gin and tonic waters.


Seed investor. Levila is an experimental media lab inventing the possible futures of journalism.


Member of Supervisory Board. LHV is the biggest domestic financial group in Estonia.


Limited Partner. Limitless backs companies who reduce harm for the planet, save lives & livelihoods.


Limited Partner. LocalGlobe has spawned into a notable startup building empire in London.


Limited Partner. Maki.vc is an early-stage venture capital firm in Helsinki, Finland, partnering with deep tech & brand-driven companies obsessed with challenging category norms.


Limited Partner and Mentor. MIRAISE is a Seed VC from Tokyo, Japan focused on engineer founders.


Seed investor. Sales & Marketing, finally together. Outfunnel is a sales-centric marketing automation tool that tightly integrates with modern CRMs like Pipedrive and Copper.


Seed investor. Oyster makes it easy to hire, pay, and give great benefits to your distributed team around the world.


Seed investor. Pactum helps companies to unlock value from long tail by automatically negotiating contracts on a massive scale.


Seed investor. Plumbr APM uses tracing to provide insights into your application’s performance.

President Ilves

Advisor to President Toomas Hendrik Ilves of Estonia, 2009-12.


Limited Partner. Promonos Capital is on a mission to build prosperous cities that uplift entire regions.

Põhjala Brewery

Invested in 2017. Põhjala was founded in Tallinn, Estonia at the end of 2011 by four Estonian beer enthusiasts and home brewers.

Remote First Capital

Limited Partner. A group of remote founders, operators and early investors investing in the next generation of remote work.


Seed investor. Roam is a network of global coliving spaces that provide everything you need to feel at home and be productive the moment you arrive.


Seed investor. SafetyWing provides Medical and Health Insurance for the remote workforce roaming around the planet.


Founding Board Member. Beat financial crime with a flexible AML platform.


Limited Partner. Seedcamp is Europe’s seed fund based in London, investing early in world-class founders attacking large, global markets and solving real problems using technology.


Seed investor. A simple, yet powerful e-commerce platform for creators. Sell digital products, physical goods and subscriptions all from one place.


Investor. Skillshare is an online learning community with thousands of classes for creative and curious people, on topics including illustration, design, photography, video, freelancing, and more.


Early executive 2005-2012. Joined Skype as a startup about 18 months in, just before the eBay acquisition.


Investor. Starship is building a network of robots ready to serve you anytime, anywhere.


Seed investor. Sunrise built a truly better calendar on web and mobile.


Limited Partner. Superangel provides early stage investments from entrepreneurs to entrepreneurs, runs Alpine house, a “high altitude” bootcamp program and Palo Alto Club, a coworking and events space in Tallinn, Estonia.


Seed investor. Supervaisor is building a better, AI-assisted world by fixing traffic.


Tamkivi Foundation for Natural Sciences aka Tamkivi.org supports young Estonians’ studies and research in the field of natural sciences.


Co-founder & CEO, 2014-17. Teleport built software for free people on the move.

The Longevity Fund

Limited Partner. The Longevity Fund is investing in breakthroughs in human longevity.

Tiny Supercomputer

Limited Partner. Tiny Supercomputer Investment Company (TinySCIC) is an early stage venture fund investing in pre-seed and seed stage companies in Europe, from Berlin, Germany.


Chief Product Officer. Topia’s Global Talent Mobility platform empowers HR teams to effectively deploy, manage, and engage employees across the world.


Seed investor & regular user. The cheap, fast way to send money abroad.


Supervisory Board member since April 2015. Vabamu Museum of Occupations and Freedom and its branch KGB Prison Cells are the largest active non-profit museum in Estonia.


Seed investor. Veriff builds smart and scalable identity verification products.


Seed investor. Xolo takes care of getting your one-person business up and running.


Entrepreneur and investor


Sten Tamkivi is on a mission to help free people move and make governments compete for every citizen.

Sten co-founded Teleport (acquired by Topia in 2017) as an EIR at Andreessen Horowitz, after serving at Skype as an early executive for over 8 years from startup to the $8.5B exit to MSFT. Sten started his entrepreneurial career founding the first digital media agency in Estonia in 1996, at the age of 18.

Sten values a tolerant, open and creative society, speaks up for entrepreneurship, supports the startup movement, occasionally invests, pushes for better tech education and has advised President Ilves of Estonia on the above. He also holds a number of public, private and non-profit board seats.

Sten holds a MS in Management degree from Stanford GSB.

He used to blog ( see archive here), especially extensively through his time as a Sloan Fellow.


  • MS in Management, 2013

    Stanford University, Graduate School of Business