About Sten

I am a co-founder and CEO of Teleport, the place scout for startup people that I started as an Entrepreneur in Residence at Andreessen Horowitz.

Back in the day I founded the first digital media agency in Estonia at the age of 18 and have stayed on the forefront of internet, user experience design and software development scene since 1996. After co-founding three service companies and years building internet software for enterprise clients I joined a consumer startup called Skype as an early executive. I ran the original R&D offices in Estonia and held several global product engineering leadership roles for 8+ years. Good times.

I value a tolerant, open and creative society, speak up for entrepreneurship, support the startup movement, occasionally invest, push for better tech education and advise President Ilves of Estonia on the above. I sit on a number of management and advisory boards.

I hold a MS in Management degree from Stanford GSB and blogged extensively throughout my time there as a Sloan Fellow.

I consider Tallinn, Estonia my home, but we currently reside in Palo Alto, California with my journalist/anthropologist wife Ede and our three lovely kids whose blog is actually much better than mine, but recently went private.

To trace me down in the world: teleport.org/users/sten or on the interwebs: about.me/sten. Or just send me an email.

  • Ellie Kim


    My name is Ellie Kim, and I am a student intern for the Media Freedom Foundation, specifically under Mickey Huff, the director of Project Censored. I am compiling a list of contacts which includes authors featured in the Censored 2015 book. The article, “Estonia: The Little Country that Cloud,” is a source for one of our top 25 censored stories of 2014. I was hoping to obtain an email address and/or phone number that we could reach Ben Horowitz and Sten Tamkivi at for the book’s purposes.

    Thank you for your help,
    Ellie Kim

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