Immigrants - How they made it

Learn how immigrants like you moved to the U.S., started and build companies from scratch. These immigrant founders and investors took risks, faced challenges, and solved problems. In this series, we talk to them about their journey, mistakes made, and successes.

We hope the lessons are helpful. The covered topics include:

  1. Building a network
  2. Starting a company
  3. Visa Challenges
  4. Career Advice

Building a Network as an immigrant

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How I built a network in Silicon Valley as an Israeli immigrant

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How I built a network in Silicon Valley as a Latin American investor

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How I built a network in Silicon Valley a female founder from Canada

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Advice for Founders

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What I learned from investing in more than 30 companies

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What I learned from starting companies in Canada and the US

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What I learned from building the largest electric scooter company in Latin America

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Visa Hurdles

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The challenges I faced with visas as an immigrant founder

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My visa challenges as an immigrant startup founder on O 1 visa

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How I started and sold a company on F-1 visa (in Silicon Valley)

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Y Combinator

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How Michael Seibel brought diversity to Y Combinator

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My interview experience at Y Combinator

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How we prepared for the Y Combinator interview

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How to Choose a Startup Idea

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Why I decided to pivot my startup idea and start a new company

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How our frustrating experience led to an idea to start a company

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Challenges with starting a company in Madrid and raising funding in 2005

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Finding a Co-founder

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How I met my co-founders on an online forum in Ukraine

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How I met my future co founder the first time at a poker game

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How I connected with my new co-founders in Silicon Valley

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Career Advice

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How to find mentors as an immigrant in the United States

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How to find jobs after MBA as an international student in the U.S.

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Why I dropped out of school to become a co-founder at a tech company

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Building a Company

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Why we purchased a website domain for $800,000

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What I learned as a first-time CTO of a VC backed company

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How BoostVC helped EvaBot get off the ground Quickly and Sucessfully

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On Investing

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How we helped Latin American entrepreneurs with Silicon Valley

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How I decided to focus on investing in fintech companies

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How an introduction led to an early and successful investment in Rappi

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Starting a Company on a Visa

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Why I decided to start a company after my MBA as an international student

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How I started a successful company on H-4 visa in the U.S.

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How I went from a golf player in Europe to a startup founder in Silicon Valley

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Full Interviews

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Immigrants: A Conversation with Adeyemi Ajao

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Immigrants: A Conversation with Natalie Gray

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Immigrants: A Conversation with Rabi Gupta

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