Invitation: spend a week in London to get your startup kickstarted

Saul & the team have softlaunched Seedcamp and the applications for the first event in London in September is now open.
Europe has so far under-delivered in terms of globally successful technology startups. From securing funding to developing the right network, young entrepreneurs in Europe face challenges in building globally competitive technology businesses. Through the provision of seed capital and a world class network of mentors, we want to provide a catalyst for Europe’s next generation of entrepreneurs.
Seedcamp is an intensive week long event held in September in London targeted at young entrepreneurs from across EMEA. There will be a diverse mentor network of serial entrepreneurs, corporates, product designers, venture capitalists, recruiters, marketing specialists, lawyers and accountants that will help the teams put together the foundations of a viable business.
Young, commited, eager, unfunded (yet), creative European startups with 2-5 founders. See the full application criteria.
At the end of the week the venture capital houses will make the funding decision to invest €50K each in 5 teams for a 10% stake.
I very much hope to see at least one Estonian group among the 20 there! Don’t hesitate to ping me if you need a push. Or just apply here.

How to get 7% of a nation on a single picture?

20,000 people on stage
The way Estonians do this: have a Song Festival (aka Laulupidu) every few years. There were 20,000 people on stage and about 100,000 present on the festival grounds alltogether – not bad for a nation of 1.4 million.
Really quite powerful feeling this time, for moments there was the vibe of the good ol’ Singing Revolution in the air.
More pictures here.

Dobré ráno!

Dobre Rano Studio
Dobré Ráno is the morning show on Czech national TV station ČT1, watched by about 40% of the country’s population older than 15. I had the honour to be invited to talk about the future of internet communications there last week. See the video to improve your czech skills (the interview starts at around 7:45 o’clock or 01:48 into the video). UPDATED: sorry, video link did not work, should now.
Skype development centre in Prague is now officially open, by the way.