Skype: A Case Study of How Skype Derived “Place Surplus” in the Estonian Capital of Tallinn

Published 24 Mar 2014
Reference 6045
Region Europe
Summary

An Estonian success story, this case examines why Skype's Scandinavian founders chose Tallinn to establish their hi-tech start-up. We investigate the factors that contributed to their choice of location and the subsequent success of the venture. Skype's journey is discussed against the backdrop of post-Soviet Estonia’s economic and industrial resurrection.

Keywords
  • Skype
  • entrepreneurship
  • start-ups
  • innovation
  • technology
  • place surplus
  • social capital
  • competitive advantage
  • comparative advantage
  • Estonia
  • Q31314
  • ADEC
  • European Competitiveness
  • Europe