We are Dave McClure and Eric Ries, and we aim to represent the goals of startup entrepreneurs everywhere -- in Silicon Valley, in the US, and around the world. We have been inspired by posts on startup founder visa by Paul Graham, Brad Feld, Mike Speiser, Tim O'Reilly, and many others. We want to make it easier for startup entrepreneurs to come to the US, create new businesses, and help create great new technology AND jobs for US citizens... not to mention everyone else too.
In order to do this, we have created StartupVisa.com, a website to help change policy around the EB-5 entrepreneur visa, which enables investors from other countries to get a visa in exchange for starting a business in the US with $1M in investment capital and creating 10 US jobs.
Our goal is to modify the EB-5 visa rules slightly, so that instead of only the investor getting the visa, the startup entrepreneur who receives funding from investor(s) could alternatively get the visa. Ideally, we'd also like to lower the capital requirement to around $100K-250K, so that startups which get angel investor funding could also qualify.
The audience for this website will include:
- startup entrepreneurs
- immigration law attorneys
- government representatives
- angel investors & venture capitalists
- federal officials & commerce dept
- technology press & bloggers
We would like to create a design that makes people proud of America as a place for innovation, job creation, and technology entrepreneurship. We want to show why the US is a great place for talented startups entrepreneurs & immigrants.
One possible design is to create a US flag that is actually composed of a collage of other flags from around the world. Another concept is to show people representing immigrants from all over the world working together in a startup. Other images could represent technology, business, and entrepreneurship.
We want to make a decision quickly and get the website design together in the next 24-48 hours.