Misha Beshkins was born in Daugavpils, Latvia, in 1977. He studied at Daugavpils University, specializing in teaching English and the history of world culture. During this period he worked for several organizations, including the Jewish Agency for Israel, where he headed youth related projects in the Baltic States and where he led the Joint Youth club in Riga. Misha has participated in and run several projects of the European Youth Council. In 2001, Misha started his own IT business in Daugavpils. In 2004, he moved to Tallinn, Estonia, and started working for Altiris Estonia (acquired later by Symantec Inc.) as a software quality engineer. An Orthodox Jew, he is an active member of the Jewish religious community of Estonia. He is a regular lecturer and has written several articles on the topic of WEB 2.0 and modern culture.