immigration

  • New initiatives emerge to help refugees Crunch Network

    New initiatives emerge to help refugees

    Prompted by the ongoing refugee crisis affecting much of the western world, new initiatives have emerged to provide solutions to the many challenges facing the beleaguered masses. In a sea of clueless government bureaucrats and fearful citizens, these new startups want to tap into the potential of the newcomers. Privately funded initiatives may one day become the norm in helping tackle… Read More

  • How international startups are supporting New York City Crunch Network

    How international startups are supporting New York City

    Immigrants make up 13.3 percent of the population in the U.S., which is the highest percentage the country has seen in more than 100 years. Now let’s put this into perspective: Thirty-six percent of all top tech founders in the U.S. are immigrants — almost triple the percentage of immigrants in the country. Many immigrants are pushing innovation in the U.S, aiding the country… Read More

  • NowThis teams up with immigration lobby group FWD.us

    NowThis teams up with immigration lobby group FWD.us

    Video news startup NowThis is partnering with FWD.us, the immigration lobbying group backed by Mark Zuckerberg and other tech executives, to tackle one of the biggest issues in this year’s election cycle. Last night at South by Southwest, the two organizations announced a partnership where NowThis is creating a video series focused on immigration. NowThis President Athan Stephanopoulos… Read More

  • Let’s actually make America great again Crunch Network

    Let’s actually make America great again

    As the Internet and global commerce speed the flow of information, and as products and services for American consumers can be built in and delivered from just about any country in the world, there are fewer and fewer incentives for companies to locate their businesses here. But there is one competitive advantage we have that is driving global businesses to locate and create jobs here in… Read More

  • Solving The H-1B Visa Problem Crunch Network

    Solving The H-1B Visa Problem

    In this corner: A number of employers, particularly tech companies, who claim they have a large number of unfilled positions and can’t find enough skilled American workers to fill all their needs, and thus need to attract skilled foreign workers through an expanded H-1B visa program. In the opposite corner: Immigration skeptics, including probably every unemployed programmer in the… Read More

  • How Legal Immigration Failed Silicon Valley Crunch Network

    How Legal Immigration Failed Silicon Valley

    Twelve years after filing for U.S. residency, I finally took the oath of citizenship in a quaint suburban theater, having spent seven of those prime entrepreneurship years mired in the Green Card queue. This wait damages the entrepreneurship spirit and, worse, impacts career prospects, thereby crimping the economy. Our immigration system hinders entrepreneurship, innovation and productivity. Read More

  • The Portability Angle Of Tech Immigration Crunch Network

    The Portability Angle Of Tech Immigration

    In 2001, I was working for Outride, Inc., an early pioneer in context sensitive search and browser history-based personalization. After the dot-com boom, search became passé. The startup couldn’t raise more money closed and its technology assets were acquired by Google. The founders of Outride were giving glowing recommendations to engineers to get them hired at Google and a few joined. Read More

  • ‘Scuse Me While I Solve This Immigration Problem Crunch Network

    ‘Scuse Me While I Solve This Immigration Problem

    There’s a crippling STEM talent shortage out there, stalking the streets of Silicon Valley; just ask any Valley executive in the choir crying out for immigration reform. But the IEEE, PBS, and Fortune — an odd triumvirate if ever I saw one — disagree, singing back their own united refrain: “The STEM shortage is a myth!” And, as usual, everyone is wrong. Read More

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    FWD.us Gives First Hard Numbers On Its Impact On Immigration So Far

    FWD.us Gives First Hard Numbers On Its Impact On Immigration So Far

    Is FWD.us really making a difference? Today it released its first quantified stats on its contribution to immigration reform, announcing that it drove 33,500 calls to Congress this summer and a total of 125,000 actions including social media shares. That’s not a stellar call count, but it represents solid work by the political action group founded and funded by tech leaders like Mark… Read More

  • India’s Visa Maze Ensnares Foreign Entrepreneurs

    India’s Visa Maze Ensnares Foreign Entrepreneurs

    Returning for his fourth and final visit to the Indian offices that would grant him a coveted five-year business visa, social entrepreneur Alex Stevens* was confident his wild goose chase was almost at an end. However, facing the elusive supervisor, he was greeted with an awkward smile, a head tilt from side-to-side, and, “sorry, you can’t get your visa now, please come back in… Read More

  • YC-Backed Teleborder Wants To Use Tech Smarts And SaaS To Cut Through Work Visa Red Tape

    YC-Backed Teleborder Wants To Use Tech Smarts And SaaS To Cut Through Work Visa Red Tape

    While immigration reform continues to be a hot topic of contention in the U.S., Teleborder, a new startup that’s part of the current batch of YC companies, has developed a service that aims to tackle another aspect of the issue: the immense amount of red tape that companies have to go through once they do decide to employ someone from outside the U.S. Read More

  • Rep Goodlatte: Immigration Debate “Absolutely” Extends Into Fall, Possibly 2014

    Rep Goodlatte: Immigration Debate “Absolutely” Extends Into Fall, Possibly 2014

    The Congressman in charge of assembling immigration reform in the House of Representatives has come to reassure the public that a bill can pass, but it could take a (very) long time. To alleviate the growing fears that the most unproductive Congress in history will kill immigration reform, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte sat down with me during his whirlwind tech and fundraising tour… Read More

  • Only 16% Of Republicans and 29% of Democrats Want Increased Immigration

    Only 16% Of Republicans and 29% of Democrats Want Increased Immigration

    Despite the international heritage of the United States, Americans are not eager for more immigrants. A new Gallup poll finds that only 16 percent of Republicans and 29 percent of Democrats think that immigration “should be increased.” The good news is that this paltry support is a record high and continues to grow. “Support for increasing immigration remains the minority… Read More

  • Why Immigration Reform May Fail, In 4 Charts

    Why Immigration Reform May Fail, In 4 Charts

    We reported yesterday that the most unproductive Congress in history may kill high-skilled immigration reform. Despite a comprehensive immigration bill being passed in the Senate, top Republicans in the House of Representatives say the Senate version is a “Pipe Dream” and they plan to aggressively pursue their own (right or wrong). Here’s why Republicans and Democrats… Read More

  • Most Unproductive Congress Ever Could Kill Immigration Reform

    Most Unproductive Congress Ever Could Kill Immigration Reform

    It’s looking less likely that high-skilled immigration reform will pass soon, if at all. Comprehensive immigration reform is currently sliced up into several smaller bills, waiting for the long, drawn-out deliberative process in the House of Representatives to stitch them together in a bi-partisan-friendly way. But given that 2013 is set to break the record as being the most… Read More

  • GOP Maj. Leader Eric Cantor On NSA And Investing In Small Government Technology

    GOP Maj. Leader Eric Cantor On NSA And Investing In Small Government Technology

    The House Republican Majority Leader and Congressman with the most charming southern drawl, Eric Cantor, sat down with me at The Atlantic’s Aspen Ideas Festival for an interview on the National Security Agency, Immigration, and the conservative case for supporting government-funded technology. Read More

  • Big Labor’s Anti-Immigration Rumor Machine Crunch Network

    Big Labor’s Anti-Immigration Rumor Machine

    Editor’s note: Vivek
    Wadhwa is a fellow at Stanford Law School, Director of Research at
    Pratt School of Engineering at Duke University, and VP of
    Innovation and Research at Singularity University. The
    passage of immigration reform by the Senate was a big step forward.
    The bill is far from perfect, but goes a long way towards solving
    Silicon Valley’s talent shortage — and… Read More

  • Zuckerberg Replies To His Facebook Commenters’ Questions On Immigration

    Zuckerberg Replies To His Facebook Commenters’ Questions On Immigration

    “If it’s just about tech wanting to hire more people, not as impressive” commented one of Mark Zuckerberg’s 18 million Facebook followers. “It’s definitely not just about tech immigration” Zuckerberg shot back in the comments for a video he’d posted from his political advocacy group FWD.us. Replying to average joes and reporters alike… Read More

  • Dear Vivek: Think Big On Immigration Crunch Network

    Dear Vivek: Think Big On Immigration

    Editor’s note: Rep. Luis V. Gutierrez represents the Fourth District of Illinois in the U.S. Congress and is the Chairman of the Immigration Task Force of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus. Vivek, I was sorry to read in your most recent post that you were “disappointed” with my response to your article on immigration and Silicon Valley, but I am not surprised. You and I… Read More