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Building a Global Equity Funding and Trading Platform from Estonia, The Startup Nation – Kaidi Ruusalepp, CEO & Founder of Funderbeam

For many years Estonia has quietly but steadily built a name for itself in the startup world. With its 10 Unicorns, and its astounding 1 unicorn for every 130,000 inhabitants this small but extremely progressive nation is now capturing the attention of the world.  Nordic Fintech Magazine recently traveled to the wonderful capital city of Tallinn to try to puzzle together what makes Estonia the Startup Nation.

And who better to start with in our quest to uncover the ingredients of Estonia’s entrepreneurial concoction than Kaidi Ruusalepp, who is not only CEO and Founder of the Global Equity and Trading Platform Funderbeam, but also President of the Estonian Founders Society and advisor to the President of Estonia Mr. Alar Karis on digital and tech matters.  In this fascinating conversation with Kaidi we talk about her entrepreneurial journey, the unique value proposition that Funderbeam creates with its liquidity market for secondaries, and some of the unique cultural traits and attributes that have propelled Estonia into Startup Stardom. 

Listen to how Estonian success cases like Skype, Playtech and Wise  have combined a duty for nourishment of their ecosystem with investment and global tech sector knowhow to create second and third generations of startups that have chosen Estonia as their base to scale Globally. If Estonia has not been in your radar, that’s about to change.

Chris Crespo
Chris Crespo
Chris is a Founding Partner and Chief Editor at Nordic Fintech Magazine, where he simplifies complex financial ideas into easy-to-understand content. With nearly 20 years of experience in management consulting and financial services, including leadership roles with some of Europe's largest banks, he offers profound industry insights. Previously serving as the Chief Futurist at the largest bank in the Nordics, Chris has sharp views on the Future of Financial Services, Money, Disruption, and Ethical AI in Finance. He is also a guest lecturer at Stanford University, Singularity University and Copenhagen Business School, where he frequently discusses the future of Money, Finance, and Entrepreneurship in Financial Services. As a Behavioral Economist, Chris is passionate about studying how human behavior and decision-making relate to risk. He also delves into the connections between psychology, leadership, and technology within financial services.
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