The technical innovation that might help us avoid the climate crisis and extinction of species ....and this is not the usual stuff.

I have been following the climate crisis and other global threats to humankind since 2008. It has actually been quite depressing. If you remember then in 2008 the global threats that everybody was talking about were:
- Peak Oil
- Food crisis
- Exponential growth of population
- Global warming.

The only one of those, that has been "solved" or actually postponed a little (by inventing economically viable fracking), is Peak Oil. Unfortunately, this postponing has made the problems of global warming and extinction of species now much worse.
 Overall between 2008-2019 all indicators of global warming and the extinction of species have followed the pessimistic patterns. The situation is bad and becoming worse fast.

 The fundamental problem why humans are not doing anything about reducing CO2 or methane emissions is, that doing so would conflict with (the perception of) how good our lives are. As for most of us, better lives mean more things and more travelling. So "better liv…

Is there a relation between good universities and average salaries?

This map is courtesy to Jakub Marian and can be found here:
(You can also find many other interesting maps on!)

The latest map from Wikipedia showing the average net salaries in European countries

These two together in one graph:Good universities => higher salaries!

Last mile delivery revolution in Estonia

The revolutions that change the government tend to be noisy and bloody affairs, but the revolutions in technology and economics happen rather silently. This is because true technical revolutions happen when people start to take a new phenomenon as a normal everyday thing and don't even notice that they changed their behaviour. And one such thing is now happening in Estonia - the radical change in the last mile delivery. As an indicator, here is a list of changes that have happened in the last 5 years:

There are now 3 parcel terminal networks operating in Estonia. Omniva, SmartPOST and DPD. Therefore there is competition and prices are driven down. Most E-shops are integrated with some or all of them.
There are at least 5 online grocery supermarkets that offer home delivery: Selver, Coop, Fresh and Go, Barbora (the shop previously known as Maxima) and Prisma. One of the latest innovations is done by Coop, who offers grocery lockers that are refrigerated and to where you can order f…

Average salary and ease of doing business

One of the main parameters of an economy is the average net salary and I have been following that on my blog for some months now. Here is my short post about the last comparison:

As I work in a data and IT company Solita and am surrounded by data scientists, engineers and developers, then I cannot only settle with following the stats but want to find the reasons for some economies doing better than the others.

As a first step, let's see if the countries Ease of doing business ranking is related to the average net salary or can predict the change of the salary. If there is a correlation then it gives a clear message that working with the things that are measured by the Ease of doing business index makes people richer. No political discussion needed just copy what countries on the top of the list are doing and you get rich. :-)

 Underneath you will find the graphs for the EEA/EU countries on that, but I will jump…

Startupide ja IT arenduskeskuse mõjudest

Image on viimasel paaril nädalal tõstatanud teema startapidest ja nende mõjust Eesti majandusele. Argumente on toodud nii poolt kui vastu, aga tegelikult on selge, et startapid ja IT arenduskeskused üks parimaid viise ühiskonna jõukuse kasvatamiseks....ja seda me ju tahame.

Seejuures on siiski üks teema, millele tahaksin tähelepanu juhtida.
 Järjest laienev IT sektor tähendab seda, et IT tööjõuturul on suur nõudlus. See omakorda toob kaasa surve palkadele ja IT sektoris ongi palgad tõusnud viimastel aastatel keskmiselt 7-8% aastas. Loomulikult on seegi igati positiivne nähtus nii IT spetsialistide, riigi ja ka 3 euroste cappucinode müüjate seisukohalt, aga sellel on nüüd ka väike majanduslik miinus. Nimelt tähendab Põhja-Euroopa tasemele lähenev palgatase ka seda, et IT töö hind on läheneb sellele tasemele. See aga võib muuta väiksemad IT ja tehnoloogiaprojektid liiga kulukaks ja need jäävad tegemata. Eestis võiks tegelikult olla IT-d ja tehnoloogiat kasutusel palju rohke…

Should you found an IT development center in Tallinn as we in Solita did?

We founded the development center for Solita in Tallinn in autumn 2017. The start has been very interesting, fast and fun and our plan is to grow our team up to 15-20 IT specialists by the end of 2018. One question I get asked frequently is why we chose Tallinn as the location for the development center. Isn't the job market in Tallinn overheated, costs high and good people very difficult to find?
After the first half-year, I can say that Tallinn was a very good choice for us. I will try to explain why we chose Tallinn and more generally, what are the things one should consider when choosing a location for an IT development center.

The job market loop Firstly - yes, there is a lack of good specialists and salaries in the IT sector are the highest among all sectors in Estonia.

However, we should look at this situation in a bigger picture and that is ruled by the following principles: - Good specialists are only in cities where there is demand for their skills - meaning jobs in the spec…

Euroopa keskmise palga areng 2018 esimeses pooles

Siin on Euroopa riikide keskmised palgad juuni 2018 seisuga Wikipedia andmetel:

2018 aasta alguses oli seis selline:

Eesti keskmine netopalk on poole aastaga kasvanud märkimisväärselt ja nagu näha, siis kõigest 30 eurone netopalga tõus võrreldes Sloveeniaga on veel vajalik, et Eestist saaks Ida- ja Kesk-Euroopa kõrgeima keskmise palgaga riik. Ühtlasi on Eesti palk tõusnud kõrgemaks Portugalist ja Maltast.