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Once upon a time, there was an immigrant software developer / minimalist / pianist who lived in NY. He had a Master's degree in gadgetry and magic from Carnegie Mellon University, and would wear his tin-foil hat every day and think: "Wouldn't it be amazing if there was a way to keep my files and photos safe, without big companies taking a look at them?"

Every day, for a whole year, he came home from his uninspiring 9 to 5 job, and coded his dream software. One day, while drinking wine on his rooftop he realized the most awful thing. As an immigrant on a work visa, he can't just casually start up a company in the U.S! It would invalidate his visa. Because yay freedom (!) :(

So he thought to himself, "Fuck this. I'm moving to Europe!" and in a mere, short 30 days, he packed his tiny studio apartment in NY, moved to a magical country called Estonia and started up his dream company with his savings.

  Estonia? Where is that?

Europe, Planet Earth.

It's a small nordic country, two hours of ferry ride below Finland, named "the most advanced digital society in the world" by Wired. It is a country that has e-residents, a government that runs on blockchain, cold weather, and a strange love for saunas. Home to Skype, TransferWise, Teleport, Leapin and many other fantastic startups that are aiming to make the world a better place to live.

The city you see in the picture is Tallinn, capital of Estonia, and yes it's actually as small and beautiful as you think it is.


John Ozbay

The minimalist / pianist person who made Cryptee. Coder with MS from Carnegie Mellon, who once made weird tech projects for big fancy-name tech companies, not listed here to avoid search engine optimization headaches. He also has been to the Oscars™ in 2016 but not for the usual reasons you'd expect. (hint: it was a giant automaton he built.)

Erin Nielsen
Erin Nielsen

The technology wordsmith, with a background in technical writing and information architecture from Carnegie Mellon. Outside of her corporate day job, Erin moonlights as Cryptee's translator, turning encryption-wizardry gibberish into human language.


Can I work for Cryptee?

We may not be able to afford you yet. But you should still reach out to us.

I live in/nearby Tallinn/Helsinki! Drinks?

Ciders on the house. Let's do this.

Can I help you out somehow?

Sure! If you find any bugs, have any suggestions or ideas, or simply want to give us feedback, reach out to us. We can really use your help.

Can I donate to Cryptee?

Yes, and you would make us really happy!
You can click here to donate.