Shipitwise's decision to focus on niche markets, and integrate with Travelport may turn out to be masterstroke."
You have just days before the latest fundraising round on Funderbeam closes for Estonian start-up Shipitwise.
Shipitwise has sharpened its trajectory, and partnered with booking giant Travelport, having integrated its unique service offering to travel agents. Travelport is a billion-dollar travel commerce platform where travel providers, travel agencies, corporations and developers can search, share, buy and sell travel.
Shipitwise is a start-up based in Estonia. Shipitwise addresses the challenge faced by travellers who need to move specialist equipment, for example, cycling enthusiasts, or items that often commercial passenger airlines might immediately classify as just 'special' luggage. Airlines only fly you from the airport to another airport, and generally, see your journey as one that starts from home to your final destination, such as your hotel. Shipitwise aims to make this process more convenient and cost effective for travellers overall.
Shipitwise's decision to focus on niche markets, and integrate with Travelport may turn out to be masterstroke. It gives Shipitwise credibility and access to the trillion-dollar travel market.
It could mean that Shipitwise is exploring blockchain for its commercial shipment operations."
The Estonian startup, Shipitwise has added Jaan Tallinn to the Shipitwise Advisory Board. Jaan Tallinn is one of the co-founders of instant messaging service Skype, and file-sharing application Kazaa and is already an investor in Shipitwise.
Shipitwise is an Estonian-based startup providing customers with a hassle-free travelling service by taking care of their excess baggage. Its focus is on a particular cohort of travellers who need specialised services for 'hard-to-move' non-packaged personal goods - convenient cross-border, door-to-door courier delivery for golf bags, skis, bicycles, or specialised services for business trips like trade fair materials and samples. Shipitwise emphasise convenience with a user-friendly interface and transparent pricing features.
The thesis for e-residency is simple; to bring capital and knowledge to the nation and to be a beacon for international business.
In December 2015 I applied for Estonian e-residency on a whim. The small Baltic nation Estonia nestled alongside Russia and Latvia has been the trailblazer for e-government innovation particularly since its independence since the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The Estonians invited Skype and conduct most, if not all government transactions online, including voting. Estonians can even walk to their pharmacy to pick up their chill pills, with no paperwork required.
Why is Estonia doing e-residency?
The Estonian Government has a long history of digital government services following its split from the Soviet Union in 1991. In its Digital Agenda for Estonia 2020, the Government laid out its intentions for e-residency:
“Estonia will start offering its secure and convenient services to the citizens of other countries. Virtual residence or e-Residence will be launched, meaning that Estonia will issue non-residents with electronic identity in the form of digital ID cards. The aspiration for Estonia is to become as re-known [sic] for its e-services as Switzerland is in the field of banking.”
The thesis for e-residency is simple; to bring capital and knowledge to the nation and a beacon for international business.
What it does
I have used my e-Residency card to verify the authenticity of contracts signed digitally via Funderbeam, an Estonian company in the startup scene.