Today, we have the pleasure of interviewing Taiz Coe, a 32 years old Entrepreneur and Founder of Eudunia.
Please tell us about your company story.
Eudunia is an international pass that allows location-dependent entrepreneurs, academics, and professionals residency in different countries. The nonprofit Eudunia will be dedicated to world access to brilliant and community-active individuals from developing countries.
An application for Eudunia will soon be available by filling in a form, supplying a scan of a national passport and a photograph, and giving the reason for applying. The company is being structured to be an intermediator between countries. It is all about people moving freely within countries around the world to develop their lives.
I am right now at funding and R&D stage and exchanging with government representatives as the project relies on local policies. The aim is to release the first cards or pass stamps by 2022 and have 50 joined countries by 2025 from all of the continents. I highly believe that absorbing the high demand for nonconventional immigration from governments and inserting the free movement of the brightest people worldwide will be part of a new phase in the world.
Who are your role models?
Michelle Obama, Kate Cole, Sara Blakely, for their intelligence and for overcoming all of the unimaginable barriers in society to become the successful, generous, and great individuals they are. Did you know that Sara Blakely started her business with only 5000 dollars and no marketing budget?
Sir Richard Branson for keeping up the good vibes in turbulent waters and Elon Musk for his fearless way to deal with once-said impossible endeavors.
What inspires you?
The idea that I am doing something about a barrier that many people worldwide face. To keep that up, Music, histories of people who hustled and succeeded. D'Angelo's Black Messiah's album is played daily. It is an album with a strong message, and keeps me up in my daily tasks for this journey, as minorities will be positively impacted by Eudunia.
How did you get into what you do right now? Please tell us more about your journey.
I am someone who owns many cultural roots. I was born in Brazil, and as a young adult, I was already living in France, Germany, and Spain. Having lived and traveled to dozens of countries to date, I can tell you that I am a world citizen – a feeling that is intrinsically in me since I was a kid. Growing up, I always had this idea of experiencing life somewhere else, live in many places, get to know as many people and cultures I could. However, money, bureaucracy, access to information were barriers to find the path to accomplish those dreams.
The universities in both Brazil and France changed my life. Definitely not because of the formal studies, but the access to information and ideas I reached and developed by getting in touch with people from different parts of the country and world, being in contact with the professors and all of the possibilities that a university can provide. Until my mid 20's I was then an active and passionate part of organizations and startups of many sectors, from organizations to IT and even fashion. I was trying and failing terribly to build great things that I envisioned with young, like-minded people. It looked bad back then, but it was an incredible way to strengthen and discover new skills.
The motivation was always there, but I felt defeated for my unsuccessful journey as an entrepreneur. I needed to sustain my life with some stability.
So in the past 6 years, I then lived the corporate world where I learned incredible lessons I wouldn't learn elsewhere. I got to better deal with policies, close-minded people, hierarchy, structural sides of businesses that I had a hard time following, as a young rebel, and doer. This all prepared me for my current entrepreneurial endeavor, where my creativity, structure, and policy understanding plays a big part in my goal to impact so many lives worldwide.
Looking back, what's one thing you wish you understood better before you ever got started?
– People can be dishonest. However, you don't need to let them know what you think about them or why you are not working with them. Do not burn bridges; just keep a distance.
– There are times you need to know when you need to leave a project or idea, you must detach from it before wasting time, money, and energy.
What keeps you going when things get tough?
There are no calm seas in the entrepreneurial world, you need to count on turbulent waters to achieve your goals.
So, the only expectation to progress is that you re going to pass through tough times.
Any message for our readers.
Don't take your business failures as personal ones. Do not delay to run your biggest projects. Trust your gut feelings on everything.