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The following are personal accounts from immigrant entrepreneurs from around the world. It’s the good, the bad and the ugly; but it’s the reality for many.
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By 2015, the use of the mobile web looks to surpass 2x the size of current desktop usage. Morgan Stanley’s prediction for this emerging technology signals potentially large financial gains for anyone willing to tackle the challenges of developing in this unsettled mobile domain. Hrishikesh Amravatkar and his team hope to do just this by “disrupting the mobile knowledge sharing market”. Originally from Pune, India, Hrishikesh immigrated to the U.S. on a F1 Student Visa in 2005 to pursue his Masters in Computer Science from the University...read more
“I’m Colombian by birth. I’m American by choice,” wrote Alexander Torrenegra in his Wired opinion piece featured in April 2012. Alexander, now a successful founder of over ten online marketplaces, first visited the U.S. at the age of 19. Like many of the other stories featured on the site, Alexander could see the potential and opportunity the U.S. had to offer for a young entrepreneur like himself. At first, Alex worked entry positions at Starbucks and McDonald’s to make ends meet. He started studying Management Information Science...read more
When you’re caught between a rock and a hard-place, every decision seems daunting and every solution unattainable. Now, combine the situation with deceit and a clock quickly running out of time. Welcome to Rishi Bhilawadikar’s reality. A 29 year-old interaction designer in the Bay Area, Rishi’s story may at first seem unassuming. His should be a pretty straightforward case. A graduate of Indiana University, Bloomington Campus, Rishi holds a master’s degree and entered the U.S. under a F-1 student visa. After graduating, Rishi joined...read more
“America is the land of dreams in which you can get what you want if you work hard enough to get it,” Zainab Zaki reassuringly claimed. Since the age of 10, Zainab wanted to live and study in the U.S. The America she knew of was a land that encouraged freedom and provided opportunity to anyone no matter their circumstance. “I grew up in the Middle East and from that point of view my dream life was to pursue the freedom of higher education and the freedom to live my life my way,” said Zainab. “Because, in America, success is...read more
UPDATE: As of early December 2012, Robert received approval from USCIS for his EB1A green card. Every once and awhile, an entrepreneur is faced with a decision to take a leap of blind faith. In the case of Robert Mao, his move not only meant a departure from his home continent but to take a chance in creating his own business. “I liked the open and innovative environment in the U.S.,” said Robert. “I really hate the fact that in China everything Internet business has to been censored by the Great Fire Wall. I love the open...read more
For first- and second-generation immigrant children, the spoils of living in the U.S. is not without its hardships. For some, the pursuit of the American Dream can seem elusive, unattainable; and, given the latest debates regarding the U.S. immigration process, it would seem that the hardships will continue for quite some time. But, for every struggle, there is a triumph. Meet, Nancy T. Nguyen, a first generation American trilingual entrepreneur and author. Her portfolio includes an impressive lot of accolades including: the title of “Ms....read more
In just four-years, Ankush Aggarwal has grown his two e-commerce sites significantly with an expected combined revenue of $1 million (USD) this year. His company, Northern Planet LLC has 25 full-time employees that work from India and one part-time employee in the U.S. A product of The Graziadio School of Business, Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, Ankush received his MBA in International Business and is just one of many successful immigrant entrepreneurs that the U.S. has failed to retain. “Immigration to the US was/is not...read more
“Every entrepreneur want’s to live the ‘silicon valley startup’ experience,” said Francisco. “We started developing a product that was not ready for our culture and tech experience in Chile.” Francisco Saez is referring to Nixter.com, a nightlife social network for the iPhone that allows its users to purchase tickets, see upcoming events and join the guest lists to get free access to the best parties. It also allows nightclub owners and promoters to target and track campaigns and their events through their cloud based...read more
Starting her first business at eight years-old, Cheryl Yeoh’s unmistaken entrepreneurial drive and success in the U.S. serves as a testament to the lasting effect immigrant entrepreneurs have on our country and on our economy. Born in Malaysia, Cheryl immigrated to the U.S. for her undergraduate studies in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering at Cornell University, on a full scholarship. “I came to the U.S. to study engineering since some of the best technical colleges are here,” Cheryl said. “I also loved that the U.S....read more
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...read more