Posted by: Tony Carson | 16 October, 2007

In the maniacal pursuit of riches, does history matter?

From the windows of what was once the Skype headquarters in Tallinn, Estonia you can look out at the crumbling aftermath of stolid soviet-era office blocks and wonder, who was to blame?

But inside, the aesthetic influence of Northern California is undeniable. The high-tech, open-plan offices; the “playroom,” complete with pool table and sauna; the young, bearded employees; the Dadaesque plastic crocodile hanging from the ceiling; the bluejean-clad spokesman …

Everywhere throughout Eastern Europe there is a temptation to blame, generally the Soviets. But, in the end, in a wi-fi world does it matter?

An interesting question, taken on by the Washington Post’s Anne Applebaum – The Future Calling In Estonia.

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