Starting-Up In America

If you’ve been following the Startup Visa, you may know that the bills that were submitted in both the House and the Senate expired at the end of the 2010 Congress. I’ve been on a number of calls lately discussing re-introducing these bills with updates to reflect the renewed understanding of the impact on high growth entrepreneurship on jobs in our country.

A few months ago several entrepreneurs took it upon themselves to create a great short (25 minute) documentary called Starting-Up In America. It is a set of interviews with foreign entrepreneurs in the US talking about why they chose to start their company here, the struggles they’ve had getting appropriate visas, and – in several cases – the severe limitations their visa status has placed on their businesses.

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Starting-Up in America from Starting-Up In America on Vimeo.

It’s been very difficult to get people to talk publicly about their experiences because of fear of retribution from the USCIS. I’m super proud of everyone involved in this documentary – both for putting the effort into making it as well as being brave about talking out about the issue.

  • http://pupeno.com J. Pablo Fernández

    Thank you for what you do for the startup visa and I hope some day to see it come through.

  • http://twitter.com/sritwit Srini Raja

    I moved to Toronto after spending a decade in silicon valley start ups… Though there is a lack of vc money here, the environment is so so business friendly in Ontario. Folks who are stuck, should seriously consider moving here.

  • Steve Jones

    I wanted to move to the US to build my new startup and create jobs, pay taxes, buy property, all that good stuff, but the visa situation for someone from the UK is just too difficult. I can’t see how to make it work, so I’ll probably end up staying here. Pity really, as I love the USA and it would have been great to move to sunny California.

  • TanyaMonteiro

    Thank you!!! Love this story, there is still no place the US of A for starting up!

  • http://www.facebook.com/basilgg Basil Glew-Galloway

    Brad- my name is Basil Glew-Galloway, I produced this piece. Thanks so much for the mention, getting this out there and getting a discussion going is exactly what we were hoping for. I have a favor to ask- Brian Williams and NBC nightly news are doing a 6-part piece on this topic right now
    http://www.newsonnews.net/nbc/7630-nbc-nightly-news-to-present-a-look-at-america-s-changing-economy.html
    We’re looking to reach out to them to let them know that this project exists and that they are free to use any part of it that they would like. Do you have any contacts?
    regards,
    Basil

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Basil – email me and I’ll try to connect you in to the right folks around
      this as they reached out to me when they were starting work on this.

    • http://www.feld.com bfeld

      Basil – email me and I’ll try to connect you in to the right folks around
      this as they reached out to me when they were starting work on this.

  • Tarik Ansari

    Thank you for the post Brad. We are preparing a general audience, shorter version. Also, starting tomorrow, the film will be on Youtube. Additionally, I made an interview with Hermione Way of TheNextWeb about the project due for release anytime now :)

  • Tarik Ansari

    Thank you for the post Brad. We are preparing a general audience, shorter version. Also, starting tomorrow, the film will be on Youtube. Additionally, I made an interview with Hermione Way of TheNextWeb about the project due for release anytime now :)

  • http://twitter.com/arizzoli Alessandro Rizzoli

    Thank you for sharing! It looks like some of the Video was shot at Pier38 in SF? Not really sure, but right now there are 10 italian startups at Pier 38 finding their way to move to US (open group on facebook MtBGym@groups.facebook.com)

  • http://twitter.com/arizzoli Alessandro Rizzoli

    Thank you for sharing! It looks like some of the Video was shot at Pier38 in SF? Not really sure, but right now there are 10 italian startups at Pier 38 finding their way to move to US (open group on facebook MtBGym@groups.facebook.com)

  • Trent Niemeyer

    NBC nightly news picked up the story too this week. They had a great piece with some pretty compelling numbers.

  • Trent Niemeyer

    NBC nightly news picked up the story too this week. They had a great piece with some pretty compelling numbers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimbricker Jim Bricker

    Our government doesn’t have the capability to make changes fast enough. It is the fattest corporation in the world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimbricker Jim Bricker

    Our government doesn’t have the capability to make changes fast enough. It is the fattest corporation in the world.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tom-Dwyer/100000401691907 Tom Dwyer

    Just another bad move by big government, we’ve come to expect it. Hope you guys get in! I need another part time job.

  • Blair

    This clip touches on a topic that is growing in its awareness here in the U.S. post 9-11. So much so that NBC even covered it. If the U.S. is to remain a place of opportunity, wealth, and innovation we need to look at our own history. This country was not only founded by immigrants and entrepreneurs, it has thrived and succeeded to become one of the most admired and progressive business cultures in the world. I fear that our alienation of the PhD’s that we educate foreign startup founders, investors will only lead to our own complacency. We have always been a competitive and innovative nation willing to compete and excel. Our best innovators, entrepreneurs and investors deserve the right to compete against the best in the world. The best in the world want to come here to compete. Entrepreneurs that come to this country to build businesses, create jobs, foster further innovation and yes, pay taxes; need a way to be able to do so in a objective formulated manner. Thanks for the awareness