immigration

 
  • 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, Zuckerberg tried to clear up confusion about his lobbying. Read More

  • Dear Vivek: Think Big On Immigration

    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 both support a… Read More

  • Dear Vivek Wadhwa, We Need To Fix Our Whole Immigration System And I Need Your Help

    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. First, thank you Vivek and thank you to TechCrunch for giving me a chance to engage you and your readers in a dialogue about immigration. Vivek, in your essay "Dear Congressman Gutierrez, Please Lift YourRead More

  • The US Needs To Focus Its Educational Efforts On Talented Americans

    The US Needs To Focus Its Educational Efforts On Talented Americans

    Editor's note: Jonathan Wai is a researcher and writer at the Duke University Talent Identification Program and author of Finding the Next Einstein: Why smart is relative for Psychology Today. Follow him on Twitter. Vivek Wadhwa argues in his recent book — The Immigrant Exodus — that “the future of America depends on skilled immigrants.” The book begins with his compelling personal… Read More

  • Bringing Banking To Immigrants & Unbanked, m-Via Rebrands As Boom Financial, Closes On $17 Million In Funding

    Bringing Banking To Immigrants & Unbanked, m-Via Rebrands As Boom Financial, Closes On $17 Million In Funding

    Global mobile money transfer service m-Via is officially rebranding as Boom Financial today as it announces the close of a $17 million round of funding, led by mobile operator Digicel Group Ltd. The carrier stretches across 31 markets, including the Caribbean, Central America and South Pacific - all geographies Boom Financial aims to target with its service, which provides immigrants and the… Read More

  • A Modest Proposal For Immigration: The $100,000 Green Card

    A Modest Proposal For Immigration: The $100,000 Green Card

    Permanent residence in the USA is a valuable asset that is enjoyed by most of you reading this article. Many potential immigrants from around the world want to acquire that asset and become valuable members of American society alongside us. Why don't we let more of them join us? There are two common objections: they will drive down wages, or they will be a drain on tax-funded programs. Some… Read More

  • Startup Visa D.O.A., and Startup America Just a Giant Press Release?

    Startup Visa D.O.A., and Startup America Just a Giant Press Release?

    President Obama seems to understand the role that startups play and the contribution that skilled immigrants make to U.S. economic growth. He has talked a lot about the importance of science and engineering, and expressed fears that, unless we improve our game, China and India will out-innovate us. He even visited Silicon Valley recently to talk to its elite. And he has had his Chief Technology… Read More

  • Finally, a Startup Visa That Works

    Finally, a Startup Visa That Works

    In my last post about the Startup Visa, I was very critical of the Kerry–Lugar legislation. That’s because it required immigrant entrepreneurs to raise at least $250,000 in financing for their startups, of which $100,000 had to come from American VCs or Super Angels. Few startups raise this kind of seed money—even in Silicon Valley. I couldn’t foresee this bill generating more than a few… Read More

  • Why Silicon Valley Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Returning Home

    Why Silicon Valley Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Returning Home

    NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw visited Silicon Valley last month to meet immigrant entrepreneurs. At Microsoft’s Mountain View campus, he met with a dozen of them. More than half said that they might be forced to return to their home countries. That’s because they have the same visa issues that Kunal Bahl had. Unable to get a visa that would allow him to start a company after he graduated… Read More

  • How to Fix the Flawed Startup Visa Act

    How to Fix the Flawed Startup Visa Act

    Many foreign-born techies in the U.S. and abroad are pinning their entrepreneurial hopes on the passage of a bill, sponsored by Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.) and Richard Lugar (R-Ind.), to create a startup visa. Tech-industry notables such as Paul Graham, Eric Ries, Brad Feld, Fred Wilson, and David McClure have lobbied for this. I, too, lent this my support. In fact, I have been advocating such a… Read More