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David Goldberg, CEO of Founders Pledge: Estonia has done a really good job for successful entrepreneurship

David Goldberg, the founder and CEO of Founders Pledge: “We have seen some great success stories in Estonia. Per capita, Estonia has one of the highest rates of successful entrepreneurship anywhere in the world.”

“I think that the Estonian state has done a really good job of setting up the conditions for success in Estonia for entrepreneurship, digital or otherwise,” Goldberg notes, praising the e-Residency program. “Actually, I am an e-resident of Estonia. I signed up a year or two ago when it became live,” Goldeberg notes in a video interview at the tech conference Latitude59, where he participated at the opening panel “Founders, philanthropy and the state” with President of Estonia, Kersti Kaljulaid.

According to Goldberg, Estonia’s next challenge is how the country can keep successful companies. “There are right conditions for success, but ultimately if it will be successful in the way that the state wants, will depend upon not just being good for startups, but being really good for scale-ups as well,” Goldberg adds.

Founders Pledge is a global community of entrepreneurs finding and funding solutions to big global challenges. Launched in 2015, Founders Pledge has raised more than $2 billion in pledges from 1400 entrepreneurs in 30 countries and seen $450 million donated to charity as a result. Its members include the people behind some of the most innovative companies in the world, including a number of Estonian companies such as Bolt, Skype, and TransferWise.

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