startup visa

  • BDC Venture Capital Partners With Government-Funded Accelerators To Inject More Canada Into The U.S. Startup Scene

    BDC Venture Capital Partners With Government-Funded Accelerators To Inject More Canada Into The U.S. Startup Scene

    BDC Venture Capital, the leading major investment firm for accelerators in Canada, announced today that it would add its financial and expert support to ongoing Canadian Technology Accelerator programs being run in the U.S. by the Canadian government. The programs, spread across various major tech hubs including Boston, Philadelphia, New York and San Francisco, give Canadian startups the U.S. face… Read More

  • Rep. Gutierrez, Let’s Try The Silicon Valley Way – Lean Immigration Reform

    Rep. Gutierrez, Let’s Try The Silicon Valley Way – Lean Immigration Reform

    Editor’s note: Vivek Wadhwa is Vice President of Innovation and Research at Singularity University, Fellow at Stanford Law School, and Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke University. Thank you for responding to my TechCrunch post in which I asked you to release your hold on Silicon Valley. I agree with everything you wrote and… Read More

  • Dear Congressman Gutierrez, Please Lift Your Hold On Silicon Valley

    Dear Congressman Gutierrez, Please Lift Your Hold On Silicon Valley

    Editor's note: Vivek Wadhwa is Vice President of Innovation and Research at Singularity University, Fellow at Stanford Law School, and Director of Research at the Center for Entrepreneurship and Research Commercialization at Duke University. During this week’s hearing at the House Judiciary Committee on immigration, at which I was asked to testify, you made some revealing remarks. You… 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

  • The Startup Visa: Create Jobs, Get A Green Card

    The Startup Visa: Create Jobs, Get A Green Card

    A bill introduced today in the Senate by Democrat John Kerry and Republican Richard Lugar proposes a new type of visa for immigrants who create startups and jobs in the U.S. A similar proposal is part of an immigration reform bill in the House. The Startup Visa has been controversial and will no doubt draw fire from anti-immigrant forces and xenophobes. But if we are going to be giving away… Read More

  • The Startup Visa And Why The Xenophobes Need To Go Back Into Their Caves

    The Startup Visa And Why The Xenophobes Need To Go Back Into Their Caves

    Every time I publish a research paper on immigration or write an article for BusinessWeek or TechCrunch, the xenophobes rush out of their caves to launch mindless attacks. They fill the comment sections with bile, send me nasty emails and sometimes threaten to do me harm. I was convinced that my last BusinessWeek column on the Startup visa presented such a compelling argument that even these poor… Read More