Estonia’s bank savior This woman is supposed to free Germany’s banks from their technological legacy

Estonia’s bank savior This woman is supposed to free Germany’s banks from their technological legacy

Estonia's bank savior This woman is supposed to free Germany's banks from their technological legacy

When Vilve Vene first programmed, the world around her was different. Her homeland, Estonia, was part of the Soviet Union. There was only one kind of bread in the shop. And the freedom to change the world with your own ideas was a distant, forbidden thought. Back then, at the end of the 1970s, the then 16-year-old vein at her school entered a huge room full of computers with which she could communicate using punched cards. She was supposed to program a simple algorithm – she got the result after a week. “If there was a mistake, you had to start all over again,” says Vene. Despite the arduous process, she was impressed with the logic behind the computers. “I felt a magic,” says Vene. A magic that she hasn’t let go of since then.