Herty Tammo started his career as an entrepreneur in 1995. His academic background is tied to the startup scene, as his BA thesis at the Estonian Business School focused on the case study of the school’s startup incubator, while his MBA thesis described ways to finance startups. In 2012-2014 Herty studied venture capital management at the distinguished Kauffman Program in Silicon Valley as the first student from the Baltics.
He has established 5 companies and has been involved in nearly 150 investments in total, with interests in both the old and new economies. Successful exits include Unity, which he founded in 2004 and portfolio management firm SmartAd, which was sold to the Modern Times Group (LSE: MTGBS).
Herty began investing in the technology sector in 2007, when in partnership with other investors establishing an investment-portfolio management company called PoohTech. He went on to invest in a developer of mass-transit information and ticketing systems, called Ridango, and the renowned Estonian startup accelerator Startup Wise Guys, which has raised €5 million in private and public funding (including from the European Commission and SmartCap) to coach and invest in 145 companies across CEE.
Herty is actively involved in professional organisations such as the Estonian Startup Leaders Club, the Estonian Business Angels Network. acting as a mentor to several companies and aspiring entrepreneurs at Startup Wise Guys as well as for the Estonian tech-talent competition Ajujaht.
His professional strengths include possessing a sound knowledge of management in both the old and new economies and a good understanding of corporate governance – skills that come from my experience as a supervisory board member at a number of companies. Other strengths include the ability to raise funds, particularly from banks, and helping companies reach success in export markets.