Maxim Razmakhin, Mixely
Maxim Razmakhin immigrated to the U.S. in 2005 and continues to dream of finally launching his company, Mixely. Much like the other stories featured on the site, Maxim’s experience brings to light the shortcomings felt by many immigrant entrepreneurs; especially those who train and receive a higher education in the U.S.
“I decided to immigrate in order to get a better education,” said Maxim. “I received a full scholarship to study and to play Division I varsity tennis at Alcorn State University in Mississippi. I also knew that by moving to America, I would have the opportunity to start my own business.”
In 2008, he transferred to Ohio Wesleyan University and graduated in 2010 with a 3.95 GPA and a bachelors degree in Economics. During his senior year in college, he started his first venture called Brainshake, a special kind of milkshake that improved memory and helped people focus better. After graduating from college, I wasn’t legally allowed to continue working on it because of my F1 visa status.
Finally in 2011, Maxim received his H1B visa and has been working full-time at Haver Analytics as an Economic Database Manager. When not at his nine to five, Maxim works on his latest venture, Mixely.
Mixely is an app that helps you discover new people and makes it easy for you to meet them for a casual conversation. The service is focused on facilitating more real meeting and less meaningless message exchanges.
“I’ve been always creating new things and always wanted to work for myself. My major motivation for creating Mixely was my passion for meeting new people,” said Maxim. “I noticed that in the past 40 years, people went from installing computers in their homes to connecting these computers through the Internet to finally connecting with their friends through social networks. I believe the next big step is to connect individuals who don’t know one another, but are a perfect fit for each other.”
Maxim continues to work full-time but longs to dedicate his focus and energy to his own business. However, until he receives his green card which will allow him to raise money and employ himself, Maxim remains in entrepreneur purgatory.