E-residency schemes from all over the world are being promoted to entrepreneurs and digital nomads who want to be location independent.'
Estonia e-Residency Program
Estonia was the first country to offer e-Residency, a government-issued digital identity. The Estonian e-Residency program was launched in December 2014. Status as an e-resident provides access to Estonia’s transparent business environment. I outlined my guide to Estonian e-residency, and my experience signing up to it here.
In the years since its inception, thousands of E-resident entrepreneurs from all over the world have started EU-based companies managing their businesses remotely, and online.
Leading up to Brexit, many Britons fearing loss of access to the European Union, and who conducted business across Europe signed up to Estonian e-residency. By the end of 2020, about 3000 British entrepreneurs holding e-residency set up around 500 businesses via Estonia’s e-residency program.
In April 2021, the Estonian government imposed additional background checks for applicants to ensure that the right applicants are being approved for Estonia’s e-residency.
Estonia is onto a winner. It has established new pick-up points for approved e-residents to pick up their cards in São Paulo, Bangkok, Singapore, and Johannesburg. This is handy if you are based in these four locations.
Centurion cardmembers often report that their cards are heavy – the titanium design is said to leave an impression on other people."
What is the Centurion Card?
It’s been touted as a card for the elite; a kind of card that represents prestige and luxury. The Centurion Card is by invitation only and a charge card with no set limit.
What started out as an urban myth linked to Jerry Seinfeld in the mid-nineties turned into a new product by October of 1999. Jerry Seinfeld was a spokesperson for American Express in the 1990s. He was asked by a fellow crew member whether he had the Black Card. According to the crew member, there were only three black cards in the world: one for the Sultan of Brunei, one for the president of American Express and one for Jerry Seinfeld.