Startup Visa Bill Introduced in U.S. Senate

Last year I read an interesting essay (Founders Visa) by Paul Graham that suggested a new visa class be created for technology startup founders. Evidence has shown that a significant number of successful technology companies in the U.S. were founded by immigrants and so a more elegant system needs to be designed to not only attract but retain these entrepreneurs in the country. That sentiment has since picked up steam.

Senators John Kerry and Dick Lugar have introduced a Startup Visa Bill in Congress that “will allow an immigrant entrepreneur to receive a two year visa if he or she can show that a qualified U.S. investor is willing to dedicate a significant sum – a minimum of $250,000 – to the immigrant’s startup venture”. Continue reading

Web Apps for Startups

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Are you starting a business or already have a small business in operation? Taking the headache out of routine administrative tasks definitely goes a long way in freeing up more of your time to concentrate on building a great product for your company. This is especially true if you’re running a small shop with limited staff.

So I came across this great resource for starter web apps for small businesses that I’ve found to be particularly useful and that I’m actually putting to use.

A few of the take-aways:

  • Managing your projects – Basecamp
  • Taking notes, capturing information – Evernote
  • Billing, invoicing, client account management – FreshBooks
  • Track employee status, clock-in and out times – InOutBoard
  • Resume management, hiring – The Resumator

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