The Immigrant Entrepreneur is a podcast, which is broadcast every other Thursday (with bonus episodes on some Thursdays in-between).
We ask questions to immigrant entrepreneurs such as: What motivates you? How did you improve yourself, before you started your business? What is your biggest realization, this year? Then we share with you, these stories, paths taken and lessons learned. See a list of podcast directories and ways you can listen, at the bottom of this page.
Our audience includes immigrants trying to improve their lives, because:
Immigrant Entrepreneurs are crushing it.
They start 27% of new businesses. 1/3 of Silicon Valley startups has an immigrant as a founder. Companies that immigrants founded include DuPont, RCA, Sikorsky, Intel, Paypal, eBay, Google, Nordstrom’s, Bell Labs, Yahoo, Vaynermedia, Indiegogo, WhatsApp, Snapchat are a few of the household names.
Most immigrants are not crushing it.
20 million live below or close to the poverty line. (44% of the 43 million immigrants plus 60% of their children). That includes 1/2 of the guests interviewed on this podcast.
An immigrant can improve their economic condition.
A long term study found 67% of Americans who were children in 1968 had higher levels of real family income in 1995–2002 than their parents had in 1967–1971. See my upcoming blog on mobility
Our audience also includes those trying to start businesses (aspiring entrepreneurs) in other countries, because:
Aspiring entrepreneurs in emerging markets, are frustrated. The reason so many potential entrepreneurs are frustrated, is because: 1) They lack certain skills and character traits. 2) Lack of capital or credit. 3) those markets tend to be distorted by the lack of evenly applied property and legal rights.
There are advantages to creating a business in a challenging market. For example: my interviews with immigrant entrepreneurs in Venezuela, Philippines, and Malaysia, show that they have been able to adapt and appreciate the benefits of being in an emerging market. Three examples are huge demand, reduced competition, and lower costs. Nevertheless, most aspiring entrepreneurs in those countries are frustrated.
The Immigrant Entrepreneur sets out to discover and present the details of how (and why) immigrant entrepreneurs achieved so much success. Then to teach and share those insights to aspiring entrepreneurs around the world.
Lastly, our audience includes native born Americans, because:
This is the audience that we initially set out to reach. It is those Americans of any economic class with which this message resounds. It matches the stories they heard not-often-enough, from their grandfather. It may also match their own life, where for whatever reason, they have found themselves more often than not, on the outside looking in.