Aug. 10, 2021

Building the World’s First Country on the Internet with SafetyWing Founder, Sondre Rasch

Building the World’s First Country on the Internet with SafetyWing Founder, Sondre Rasch

Wondering what the first global digital country on the internet will be like? Want answers to your travel medical insurance questions? Tune into Episode 120 of Badass Digital Nomads, where Kristin speaks with SafetyWing CEO and Co-Founder, Sondre Rasch.


Wondering what the first global digital country on the internet will be like? Would you like answers to your top travel and health insurance questions? In Episode 120 of Badass Digital Nomads, Kristin speaks with SafetyWing Co-Founder, Sondre Rasch, about the "safety net" that he and his team are building for remote workers, world travelers,  and global citizens.

You'll learn how a group of digital nomad friends created the products they wish they had when they started traveling - from emergency travel medical insurance to a nomad pension plan that can help you retire early on FIRE. 

Sondre answers your most pressing questions about SafetyWing’s coverage, taken straight from listeners like you in Kristin's Facebook Group, Badass Digital Nomads, and gives you his insights into the best ways to work remotely and stay productive and focused from anywhere.  

You'll also get a sneak peek into what Plumia will be like, the world's first digital country on the internet. 

This episodes ends with some productivity tips and the surprising (and inspiring!) story behind SafetyWing’s motto: “All problems are solvable.”

You won’t want to miss this!

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SAFETYWING PRODUCTS: 

Travel Medical Insurance

Global Health Insurance

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EPISODE 120 TOPICS DISCUSSED:

  • How Sondre developed the concept of health insurance for travelers.
  • The global adoption of digital nomadism and remote work.
    What a digital country is and how it works.
  • Explanation of SafetyWing's different products, benefits, and coverage.
  • How to invest in your future and save for retirement with SafetyWing's new pension plan.
  • Sondre’s critique on digital nomads not paying taxes.
  • How to participate in the world’s first digital country, Plumia.
  • The skill Sondre learned as a sniper in the Norweigan Army that he still uses today.

Travel Medical and Health Insurance Questions Answered: 

  • How did you found a travel insurance company with absolutely no prior experience?
  • What has it been like transitioning from Silicon Valley to remote entrepreneurs?
  • What does SafetyWing offer to travelers and expats?
  • What is a "global social safety net?"
  • Has SafetyWing coverage changed as a result of COVID?
  • If you get sick or in an accident, do you have to pay out-of-pocket upfront and then get reimbursed?
  • Does SafetyWing nomad insurance or remote health insurance cover prescriptions for pre-existing conditions?
  • Are non-traditional therapies covered under SafetyWing?
  • Why does SafetyWing not cover people 70+ years old?
  • Does SafetyWing offer life insurance for travelers?

World's First Digital Country: 

  • Why start a digital country on the internet? 
  • How will you get other countries to recognize an internet country?
  • Will Plumia have an official currency or use cryptocurrency?
  • When will people be able to become citizens of Plumia?
  • What will be the benefits of getting a Plumia passport? 

Productivity: 

  • How do you stay productive while working remotely?
  • What are your tips for staying focused while working from home and getting "deep work" done? 

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES:

Videos:

Articles:

Freelance Services:

Other Resources:

Sondre’s Favorite Places in Norway:

  • Take the train from Oslo or Bergen to Finse Station

Connect with Sondre:

Connect with Kristin: 

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Sondre Rasch

Co-Founder of SafetyWing

Born in Bergen, Norway, Sondre studied economics and computer science, before starting work as a policy advisor for the government of Norway advising on social policies. After getting frustrated with the slow pace of government change, Sondre founded SuperSide (YC W16), a platform for freelance designers. It was here he discovered the lack of services like travel and health insurance for remote workers and digital nomads. SafetyWing was then born with the aim of building a global social safety net for remote companies, employees, world travelers, and global citizens. Sondre Rasch co-founded SafetyWing together with Sarah Sandnes and Hans Kjellby.