Recently, I read an article by Thomson Reuters COO, Brian Peccarelli which definitely caught my attention. In particular, was the fact that the country of Estonia has been attempting to put its entire government online. The e-Estonia program has enabled citizens to file taxes, sign documents, vote and allow foreigners to become e-residents. Estonia’s e-Residency program allows anyone from around the world to become citizens, companies, and digital nomads. The world of the peripatetic professional is on the rise.
According to the E-Residency 2.0 Whitepaper, one day at 8 o’clock on a Tuesday morning, three people are granted e-Residency in the Republic of Estonia – a consultant named Pierre who in any given year works from five different countries; Azumi, a programmer from Japan; and video artist Miguel from Brazil. By 2 o’clock that afternoon, our brand-new e-residents have already registered companies in the Republic of Estonia. Pierre starts his company through e-Residency because he wants to be based in a transparent and trusted jurisdiction with paperless management, Azumi registers his company so he can offer services within the EU market, and Miguel does so because he wants to produce a VR film and hopes to find partners among the global community of e-residents. The following week, Pierre hires Silvia, an accountant from the southern Estonian town of Võru. Azumi teams up with Tõnu, a graphic designer from Tartu, and Miguel finds a producer called Paul and recruits him as CEO.