On H1b, Extreme desire to become an entrepreneur

New Changip
Dec 16, 2018 27 Comments

Cannot focus on my job. Want to start something of my own.
Have developed prototypes/MVPs in the past. But did not really follow up with contacting investors. Primarily because...

On H1b. Long queue ahead to get permanent residency. And H1bs have been so messy in past couple of years.

Anyone in the same boat ?
What did you do ?

I believe FANG salaries have made people like me relatively rare. Why be an entrepreneur if you have 300-400K TC coming in easy ?

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  • Qualcomm NotInQ
    I think the fang salary increase in recent years is to prevent more entrepreneurs.
    Dec 16, 2018 0
  • Microsoft MbaT02
    Move to canada for a few years to quench the thirst. If it works out stay back, if not just move back. You won’t live in regret.
    Dec 16, 2018 0
  • New Changip
    OP
    If one has some good experience and can get some funding , O1 is a not so difficult option - with a possible pathway to EB1A in the future
    Dec 16, 2018 11
    • New Changip
      OP
      I am close to fulfilling EB1A criteria, some entrepreneurial experience might help further to fulfill some criteria
      Dec 16, 2018
    • Microsoft marymoor
      Man you're on H1B for how long? I thought eb2 lines were 12 years
      Dec 16, 2018
    • New Changip
      OP
      6-7 yrs, EB2 lines are at least 10-20 now
      Dec 16, 2018
    • Microsoft marymoor
      Cool... Last year I was close to clearing YC. The plan was to register Delaware C corp, create Dev center in Bangalore, and sales office in the US. We chose to not to do it because we weren't convinced enough to leave our jobs.

      I guess you can't do this if you have a spouse.
      Dec 16, 2018
    • New Changip
      OP
      That’s nice. I did apply to YC, but then as a solo founder with no traction had no chance
      Dec 16, 2018
  • New Changip
    OP
    Anyone tried the O1 or H1b (with own company) routes ?
    Dec 16, 2018 6
    • New Changip
      OP
      Once I adopt one of the above routes, EB1A is the next step - there is no other choice. Lingering around for long times on H1 or O1 is messy.
      Dec 16, 2018
    • New Changip
      OP
      Why not try EB1A via LinkedIn ? High salary and critical role can be proved with reco letters. Rest of the criteria you need to look at
      Dec 16, 2018
    • LinkedIn Bike
      EB1A is not simple. The 10 requirements are a pre-requisites. They do not guarantee approval. A friend of mine tried and was rejected by Uscis which gave this reason: ‘even though you meet 3 of the 10 requirements, subjectively we don’t thing your extraordinary applicant... ‘.

      I may try EB1 eventually, but won’t bank on its success
      Dec 16, 2018
    • New Changip
      OP
      Agree it takes substantial effort and is still not guaranteed. Still very much worth a try for people on the EB2 queue
      Dec 16, 2018
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      OP i also have the entrepreneurial itch like you. However, I just plan to go back to India after saving X amount for seed funding and personal expenses. My reasons are as follows:
      1. In India, I will not be burning as much cash as USA for monthly personal expenses, which gives me leeway to spend more months/years or even rest of life on startups, not worrying that I have to go back to job with this or that deadlines.
      2. I can with peace of mind hire a nanny, house help and not worry about running to daycares and basketball courts and swimming classes to drop and pick up kids. As a mom I can focus on spending quality time with them, rather than cooking and driving in traffic under stress.
      3. I will not waste signficant precious time in O1 visa, EB1 requirements, etc and focus on my product.
      4. If parents are sick which might happen often 5/10 years down the line, i can bring them to my place for post care and hire a nurse for the time I am off to work.
      5. I can leave kids with grandparents and nanny combination to make business trips.
      6. And healthcare, OMG. I can buy healthcare for whole family and parents and in laws and live in peace that i will never feel guilty of following my passion and not being able to help a family member in time of need.
      7. Same thing for education quality of kids, extraciricular activities, family vaccations, etc. I dont know what age you are on, but at this point in time in my life I dont want to miss out on all this. I may have done lot more compromises for startup in 20s but dont want to live like that in my 30s and certainly not in 40s.

      All this makes me think I want to go back to India to do startup.
      Oct 23
  • Amazon htcijft
    I am in the same boat. Have been waiting for gc to quit and start a venture. With every passing year my enthusiasm is going down though.
    Don't want to move as I have a family and wife has a job as well.
    Dec 16, 2018 0
  • New / Eng blablabla!
    Not related, I am curious how you guys get started to learn about starting a company?

    New grad and want to be my own boss in the next 10 year
    Dec 16, 2018 1
    • New Changip
      OP
      Google is the best resource. Think of problem areas , maybe with a personal touch, and how you would solve them
      Dec 16, 2018
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    OP i also have the entrepreneurial itch like you. However, I just plan to go back to India after saving X amount for seed funding and personal expenses. My reasons are as follows:
    1. In India, I will not be burning as much cash as USA for monthly personal expenses, which gives me leeway to spend more months/years or even rest of life on startups, not worrying that I have to go back to job with this or that deadlines.
    2. I can with peace of mind hire a nanny, house help and not worry about running to daycares and basketball courts and swimming classes to drop and pick up kids. As a mom I can focus on spending quality time with them, rather than cooking and driving in traffic under stress.
    3. I will not waste signficant precious time in O1 visa, EB1 requirements, etc and focus on my product.
    4. If parents are sick which might happen often 5/10 years down the line, i can bring them to my place for post care and hire a nurse for the time I am off to work.
    5. I can leave kids with grandparents and nanny combination to make business trips.
    6. And healthcare, OMG. I can buy healthcare for whole family and parents and in laws and live in peace that i will never feel guilty of following my passion and not being able to help a family member in time of need.
    7. Same thing for education quality of kids, extraciricular activities, family vaccations, etc. I dont know what age you are on, but at this point in time in my life I dont want to miss out on all this. I may have done lot more compromises for my startup when I was in my 20s, but dont want to live like that in my 30s and certainly not in 40s.

    All this makes me think I want to go back to India to do startup.
    Oct 23 0
  • Amazon BezosBitch
    Bootstrap. Once it kicks off, get start up Visa in Canada. Come back as international manager. I'd do in a heartbeat if I strike that idea.
    Dec 16, 2018 0

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