Martin is the co-founder of Bolt (formerly Taxify), a leading Estonian on-demand transportation platform with 1 million drivers and 40 million passengers in 35 in markets across Europe and Africa.
Martin has been an entrepreneur for 20 years. He studied International Business Administration at Estonian Business School (EBS). Besides work, Martin likes traveling and outdoor activities (hiking, sailing), various sports (pilates, soccer, tennis, running, swimming, biking, disc golf etc) and doing good for the world. Martin is using bike for his daily commute in Tallinn for last 1.5 years.Martin is passionate about:
- Promoting entrepreneurship, mentoring young founders and do angel investmentss
- Boosting education initiatives & policy via Estonian Education Foundation
- Doing good personally and promoting the mindset of effective giving
Martin was born in Tallinn, while Estonia was still part of Soviet Union. Estonians started their independence movement, Martin participated in famous events of "singing revolution" and "Baltic chain" during late 1980's. Estonia gained re-independence in 1991 without any casualties.Martin was entrepreneurial since 10 years old, finding creative ways to earn money to buy Legos and his 1st tennis racket. During primary & secondary school Martin was a DJ, organized school parties, published alternative newspaper and started designing websites in mid 90's.
University & 1st exitMartin won Estonian 1st Business Olympiad in 1997, where he got a prize - one year tuition free studies at Estonian Business School (EBS). Martin founded his 1st web design company ZERO in January 1998 during 1st year of EBS.
ZERO was acquired by Pennu Computer Technology (the only IT company in Tallinn Stock Exchange). Private equity company wanted to turn the computer manufacturer into digital business. So Martin became a director of listed IT company, where he expanded digital services unit to 75 people in 3 Baltic states. Unfortunately the computer manufacturing business had previous big debts, so the company went bankrupt in 2001. Great learning experience for young business student.
Martin later worked at Nasdaq Tallinn Stock Exchange, Skype and Fortumo. Martin got the idea for taxi application in summer 2012 in Kyiv. Martin and his brother Markus founded and launched Bolt (formerly Taxify) in 2013.
RECOGNITION & Awards
The Young Outstanding Your Person 2015 by JCI Estonia
EY Estonian Entrepreneur of the Year 2018, together with his brother Markus Villig||
The Order of the White Star IV class, 2019 by President of Estonia|