Some people are deathly afraid of foreigners stealing jobs from Americans, but immigrant small business owners and tech entrepreneurs are actually creating plenty of jobs in the US. According to TechCrunch, 52 percent of startups have co-founders or founders who are immigrants. The impressive list includes Sergey Brin, Google’s co-founder; Andrew Grove, the co-founder of Intel; Jerry Yang, co-founder of Yahoo!, and more. As you can see, we might be losing out on some brilliant minds by impeding the startup visa legislation, which allows foreign-born entrepreneurs to reside in the US. Further, we might even be shrinking the potential pool of new jobs.
This kickstarter project shines a light on the many hurdles immigrant tech entrepreneurs face to stay in the country to build their dream companies, which, if successful, would lead to more jobs for everyone. There are about eight days left on the clock and this immigrant kickstarter project has reached a little over half their quota of $2,000. Therefore, in the name of fobulousity, I’m going to donate a few of my dollars!
To find out more about our passion for immigration, read our coverage of the startup visa, how a job innovation expert suggested giving greencards to foreign students to boost job creation, and how looking like a fob can get you deported in Arizona.