Estonia: the E-residency killer app….

Jeremy Epstein Leadership

….hasn’t been invented yet. Estonia’s program is cutting-edge and innovative in its concept. But, to go from the 10,000 people who are very early adopters and innovators, the country has to find a “killer app.”  You need to be able to do something with it. I’ve had it for over a year and aside from logging on to the e-residency …

Estonia: Necessity is the mother of…

Jeremy Epstein Business

You’ve heard it. Invention. I think seeing tiny Estonia (1.3 million people) in action reminded me of that.  They know they can’t compete globally without it.  They don’t have enough people, land, or natural resources. And, when it comes to national defense, they are outnumbered 150:1 by Russia. They can’t just throw bodies at the problem. It reminded me of …

The Estonian Skype Explosion

Jeremy Epstein Business, Technology

It seems like Estonian history was changed when Skype was sold for a boatload of money. Not only did it send a message that people from “tiny Estonia” could have an impact on a global scale and strike it rich, it also spawned an entire network of people who both had money, business experience, and technical know-how. Today, the impact …

How Estonia’s Government is Incentivized to be Effective

Jeremy Epstein Business, Leadership

One of the concerns that Estonians have is: how to stay nimble, agile, and hungry so they continue to create an environment for innovation. I think they have fully internalized the idea that big organizations are the anti-thesis of innovation. They aren’t designed for that function. This is of particular concern as it relates to government. The believe that bureaucracy …

Marketing the Estonian E-Miracle (Day 2 report)

Jeremy Epstein Blockchain, Business, Marketing

We headed into Day 2 of the journey through e-Estonia with our heads still reeling at the extent of the innovation and the possibilities. Selling the Estonian E-Miracle So, it was perfect that we had a chance to sit down with Indrek Pällo, the Director of Estonian Investment Agency at Enterprise Estonia, and the guy charged with actually taking this …

What Estonia Teaches You About Marketing

Jeremy Epstein Marketing, Technology

You’re perceived as a commodity. You don’t have a ton of resources. You need to compete in a globalized world. Sounds familiar, right? The question is: how? This, in a nutshell, is the situation that Estonia (a country with 1.5 million people) found itself in following the end of the Soviet Union. Most people couldn’t find Estonia on a map …