Today we can read about Siimeon’s honest and surprising thoughts, past and dreams. Maybe he’ll even take you to somewhere sunny as a retreat from this cold and gray weather we see today. Enjoy!
Tell me about yourself briefly
I come from the best city in Estonia, Tartu. But for some reason, when I wanted to go to university, I decided to leave the student city. So this is perhaps the best way to introduce me – I do things differently, rather than “by the book”. Other than that, I’m a 22-year-old hopeless extrovert during the ongoing pandemic. I love spending time with my friends and family and also on my hobbies. It’s extremely difficult for me to say no to cool challenges and plans.
Three facts about you
- I lived in Prague for four years of my childhood.
- When I was little, my dream was to become a garbage truck driver.
- I am afraid of snakes from the bottom of my heart and, for example, can’t even watch a nature show that has snakes in it on TV.
Tell us a little about your hobbies
You could write a separate story about it because I have many hobbies. I’ve noticed that I easily grow fond of any sport or competition and once I am into a new hobby, I won’t settle until I’ve achieved something. Football has been my passion since I was a child. At the age of 17, I fulfilled my dream of becoming a player in the FC Santos representative team and playing a couple of games in the Premier League. Because I moved to Tallinn a year later, I have not been active in football since then. During high school, I found a new hobby – disc golf. Since I was a little tired of football, I decided to start playing disc golf more seriously. I was able to come second at the Estonian University Students Championship. When I moved to Tallinn, a new hobby caught my attention – billiards. What may seem like a simple pastime for most quickly became an athletic addiction for me. Billiards as a sport is small in Estonia, but people related to it know each other and know that it has the potential to become a great and popular sport. I have been involved with billiards for almost three years now, and at the last year’s Estonian Championships, I was able to reach 25th place. In addition to football, disc golf and billiards – I like to play volleyball and basketball with my friends in the summer. But one of my greatest discoveries recently has been poker. What may seemingly look like a game with a negative undertone has, to my surprise, proven to be the complete opposite. I have discovered that it is a hugely analytical, logical, strategic and skill- (not luck) based game to play alongside watching football with my friends over the weekend. How many hobbies did we get in total? Simply put, if it is a sport or a game in which you can compete, I will do it! But the most important thing is the company! Alone, I rarely spend time on any of my hobbies.
You have worked in start-ups, could you talk about it in more detail?
I had the opportunity to be directly involved with and to see how the Baltic startup world works. I spent around 1,5 years with a company named Startup Wise Guys, one of the leading startup accelerator programs in Europe. They invest in and train startups, and if I’m not mistaken, there are definitely over 200 startups in their portfolio by now. I had the opportunity to see how their intensive 3-month program for startups works, gather a lot of new knowledge and meet people, who I otherwise would have never met. It is very difficult to express my appreciation for how much experience and knowledge I gained for myself and I only regret that I did not take even more from that experience! Anyway, I recommend any novice or experienced entrepreneur that has any kind of startup idea, to explore what opportunities Startup Wise Guys offer.
From this period, I also obtained some opportunities for cooperation with startups on a personal level. I have recently worked and will continue to work with a Latvian startup called Partly. I recommend keeping an eye out because we are going to expand to the Estonian market soon, and I think that Partly can solve quite a few problems of homeowners!
What has been your favorite travel destination so far and where would you go next?
I think I would have to choose my favourite country: Italy. Italian cuisine, weather, people, and history are just some of the reasons why I like Italy so much. A really special trip was also a visit to Kosovo. It was an experience unlike any other. Next, I would like to go somewhere in Asia, because I have not been to the east beyond Istanbul. Some destinations I would like to go to would be, for example, Vietnam, Japan or Thailand.
What was your childhood like?
Childhood was truly the best. I grew up in Tartu with my mother, father and two brothers. Before you start thinking, what can there be so nice about this kind of childhood, bear in mind that I am the middle child (greetings to all the middle children). However, my first memories are from Prague, we moved there when I was 3-years old, and when we came back with my family, I went to first grade. I went to an international kindergarten and school in Prague and, because they used the British education system, I went to first grade at the age of 5 (one can joke that I came to Estonia to redo the first two grades). I had friends from many nationalities: Korean, Czech, Finnish and Canadian but mostly from England (I still keep in touch with some of these friends). Thanks to the British friends, I started to love football so much. When we moved back to Tartu, I adapted quite quickly. From childhood, I remember long summer evenings with friends on a football field or at home with my brothers on the computer.
How did you find your way to EBS?
I found my way to EBS when I was thinking at the end of high school about what I wanted to do with my life. I have always had a great interest in team management. In addition, economics and business management knowledge seemed interesting and important for me. Therefore, I chose the best option for me in Estonia: EBS.
What are your plans for the future?
I’m not the biggest planner or reminiscer, but when talking about dreams, then one of my personal dreams/interests is to connect my interest in sports with a business way of thinking and knowledge. To own my very own sports club perhaps? To work at a big European sports club? Who knows.
In addition, one of the reasons I came to study and gain knowledge at EBS was the desire to one day contribute to our family business.
What is the most extreme thing you have ever done in life or want to do in the future?
It is difficult to point out one thing, and perhaps none of them is that “extreme”. I have done rapid rafting once and also been on a powerboat ride in Croatia, which was a brutal adrenaline rush. One thing that I would really like to try is Zero-G flying, so basically trying what it feels like to be in zero gravity.