Estonian Startup Leaders Club was founded in 2009 to boost local startup community, strengthen direct relationships between founders, meet face to face in a social setting, share learnings & experiences and empower new young entrepreneurs.
We expect our club members to get to know each other and cooperate closely. We use Slack, Fakebook group and Twitter via #EstonianMafia hashtag.
About the Club
Today most club members are already quite experienced startup leaders. We still share information and experience on daily basis. Close relations also lead to founding new startups together or joining each other’s startups — and the majority of awesome startups have been founded by people who know each other and have done something together well before starting the company.
How everything started
Estonian Startup Leaders Club was formed in January 2009 by a group of entrepreneurs, leaders of Ambient Sound Investment portfolio companies. They participated in a 4-module startup leaders’ training program in autumn 2008. After the training program finished, the participants wanted to continue sharing their experiences and getting advice from people working on similar early stage startups.
Back then the main goal was to share experiences — intimate details of failures and success — and therefore the form of a pretty intimate club seemed most suitable. Most startups and young CEO-s face similar daily issues — hiring good people, product development, funding, sales, setting up compensation models and options programs, establishing UK/US entities, IP & patents etc.