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2388: E-Residency and Beyond: Taavi Kotka’s Blueprint for a Digital World

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I'm thrilled to be broadcasting from Latitude 59 in Estonia today, renowned as the cradle of the digital revolution. And the person who'll be joining us today is someone who has played a pivotal role in shaping that revolution – Taavi Kotka.

Taavi Kotka is not just an entrepreneur, but also the first-ever Chief Information Officer (CIO) for the Government of Estonia. His innovation and vision were key in shaping e-Estonia, the world's most digitally advanced nation. His contributions, notably the world's first e-Residency program, have revolutionized the way the government interacts with its citizens and conducts its operations.

Starting his career as a humble programmer and eventually becoming the CEO of Webmedia (now Nortal), Taavi has worn several hats throughout his illustrious career. His achievements range from being crowned Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year to receiving Estonia’s prestigious White Star III Class Order.

Now, as a special advisor to the European Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip on the European Digital Single Market, Taavi continues to influence the tech sphere, whether it's through his startup ventures, consulting for enterprises and governments, or his thought-provoking keynotes at global conferences.

In today's episode, we're going to deep dive into a conversation with Taavi Kotka. We’ll explore his journey, the milestones he’s achieved, and his views on the future of digital governance and transformation.

I also learn how for community-led businesses, Koos simplifies shared ownership to let business-critical communities earn and own equity-like stakes in that business without messing with the cap table.

As we wrap up this insightful conversation with Taavi, we're reminded of the disruptive power of technology. Through his relentless efforts and innovative thinking, Taavi has transformed not only industries but also an entire nation. His insights into digital transformation, government policy, and the startup ecosystem offer a unique perspective on the future of technology.



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