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The people of  / Single.Earth

Learn about the team at Single.Earth who have joined forces to save the world.
42 strong and growing fast.

Our mission is no smaller than to save the world, starting from turning nature into a tradable virtual asset which incentivises landowners to protect their forest.

The people at Single.Earth have experience in a vast variety of fields, including software and AI, blockchain and cybersecurity, science, banking and finance, and government.

Merit ValdsaluCEO and Co-Founder

Climate protector and previously Head of Localization at Pipedrive

Andrus AaslaidCTO and Co-Founder

Previously built E-Estonia, CTO at Estelon, Developer Evangelist at Microsoft, Intelligent Technologies Lead at PWC

Jaan PriisaluChief Security Officer

Previously CTO at Guardtime head of Estonian state Information System Authority, head of IT risk at SEB and Swedbank

Helo MeigasChief Financial Officer

Previously Chief Risk Officer at Swedbank, CEO at Tallinn Stock Exchange

Jaanus LillenbergChief of Development

Previously Head of IT at Estonian Public Broadcasting

Jüri SildamSenior Data Scientist

Ivar ZaransChief Information Officer

Ott IlvesChief Marketing Officer

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Investors:Ragnar SassMartin Henk

Story of Single.Earth so far


Single.Earth was founded in 2019 by CEO Merit Valdsalu and CTO Andrus Aaslaid after winning the Garage48 Future of Wood hackathon with the project that proved that nature can be commercialized without being sold as raw material.

The rapidly-growing Single.Earth team, experienced in building scalable technology for Pipedrive and digital Estonia, is driven by the goal to switch from today’s economy that incentivizes nature destruction through business models that reward the extraction of raw materials to a new economy that supports the preservation of nature.

The company raised in July 2021 a seed funding round of $7.9 million. The investment round was led by EQT Ventures, with participation from existing investor Icebreaker and Ragnar Sass and Martin Henk, founders of Pipedrive.

Merit token


Single.Earth tokenizes nature for its ecological value - carbon sequestration, storage, and biodiversity.

To enable tokenization and monitoring of natural assets, Single.Earth has created a digital twin of Earth. It combines satellite data, big data analysis, and machine learning to create a digital representation of how the world’s nature - and land added to the platform - sequesters carbon and holds biodiversity.

Single.Earth’s MERIT tokens pre-sale is scheduled to begin in the coming months. One MERIT token is generated every time 100 kilogrammes of CO2 is captured in biodiverse nature.

These tokens are issued to landowners who will be able to sell them on the Single.Earth marketplace. The tokens can be sold or used for compensation for one’s ecological footprint.