Es­to­nia / Job­bat­i­cal / 35

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Es­to­nia has five start-ups for every 100,000 in­hab­i­tants – six times the Euro­pean aver­age. “Here, there’s no ex­cuse for not be­com­ing an en­tre­pre­neur,” says Karoli Hin­driks. She founded Job­bat­i­cal in ten min­utes over cof­fee in 2014. One very en­cour­ag­ing fac­tor is the fact that, in Es­to­nia, busi­nesses pay no cor­po­rate in­come tax on prof­its if they are rein­vested. The re­cruit­ment plat­form Job­bat­i­cal – a play on the words “job” and “sab­bat­i­cal” – helps match tech pro­fes­sion­als with em­ploy­ers around the world. The busi­ness model serves peo­ple like a pro­gram­mer from Birm­ing­ham who wants to spend a cou­ple of years in Viet­nam or a so­cial me­dia ex­pert from New York who wants to go to Nige­ria. Job­bat­i­cal and its 25 reg­u­lar em­ploy­ees make it rel­a­tively sim­ple for them to do so. The plat­form cur­rently lists jobs in 49 coun­tries.

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