Home of the Free, Land of the Entrepreneur

By Frank Holmes At 16, Jan Koum immigrated to the U.S. from his native Ukraine, then still under communist control. He and his single mother rented a small two-bedroom apartment on government assistance and relied on food stamps. Even though he didn’t own a computer at the time, Koum devoured computer networking manuals and became proficient at hacking, a skill …

Adversity Only Makes These Immigrant Entrepreneurs More Determined

By Daphne Mallory Overcoming adversity is part of life for immigrant entrepreneurs. We sometimes face adversity when fleeing our home countries. We may experience social isolation due to language barriers. Adversity can be a gift. For some immigrants, it’s been the secret ingredient to a successful business. Robert Atallah, CEO of CedarLane Natural Foods, is such a person. He is …

Business Lessons From Immigrant Entrepreneurs

By Cheryl Conner What’s the best education for running a business? An MBA? Here’s another idea—I am increasingly impressed with the lessons every business owner can learn from America’s immigrant entrepreneurs. From Google’s Sergey Brin to eBay’s Pierre Omidyar to thousands of local and neighborhood businesses, there’s no denying the impact of immigrant entrepreneurs. According to the U.S. Chamber of …

Immigrant Entrepreneurs: Vital for American Innovation

By Yatin Mundkur Open borders brought Andrew Carnegie and Andy Grove to the U.S. They also brought Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger, a slew of German theoretical physicists to work on the Manhattan Project, and countless investors and entrepreneurs, including me. Immigrants to the U.S. have been transforming the industrial geography and the technology landscape since the 1860s when Scottish-born …