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Improbable Success: Inside Eastern Europe's 'Silicon Valley'



How does a former Soviet republic digitize its government and in turn make it easy for anyone to start a business? Emerald Robinson visited Estonia to see how the tiny Baltic country is creating opportunity for the entrepreneurs all over the world.

Emerald Robinson grew up in Appalachia, a region in the United States once known for robust coal mining and logging industries. But now, the area is riddled with poverty.

Early on, Robinson realized that in order to have any kind of future, she would have to move out to reach her dreams of becoming an actress. Years later, she's had a successful career in Hollywood but says she's still disillusioned by what happened to her once thriving community in Appalachia, so she's traveling the world to see how formerly marginalized countries are now achieving improbable success.

First stop? Estonia. Once a Soviet republic characterized by oppressive living conditions, Estonia is a breeding ground for startups.

One of the things that sets Estonia apart is its e-Residency program, which allows anyone to have a digital footprint in Estonia.

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