Karoli Hindriks
Founder and CEO of Jobbatical

© Joe Kit Yong

Q: What inspires you?

A: The understanding that I can actually change the world.

The power of I can

Ever since I was a teenager, I’ve believed in my own superpowers. I owe that to my father, who told me that the ability to change the world is a mindset that starts from looking into the mirror and saying, “I can.” That encouragement changed the whole course of my life. I founded my first company at the age of 16, which made me the youngest inventor in Estonia. Being an entrepreneur soon became my passion; altogether I’ve founded three companies and directed five.

By 29 years old, I had already built a successful career in the Baltics and wanted to use my skills somewhere else in the world, but the only cross-border work opportunities I could find were for farm work or teaching English. I realized there was so much untapped potential in highly skilled professionals ready to travel, and someone needed to build a platform to connect these people with international teams. A little over a year ago, I decided to gather a team of my own and build it. I spent my own ‘jobbatical’ helping an early stage startup in Silicon Valley, and I had the time of my life! Now I’m helping people find their own.

Karoli Hindriks is the founder and CEO of Jobbatical, a startup founded in 2014 that connects professionals with short-term international career adventures. These 6 to 12 month opportunities empower experienced tech, business and creative pros to combine their work and travel dreams, and give teams in every corner of the globe access world-class talent. Jobbatical’s 14-person team is currently headquartered in Tallinn, Estonia.


This article was published in ‘the Hundert Vol. 8 – Female Startup Founders Europe’, May 2016.