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O-1A vs. E-2 Investor Visa

There are many different visas available to foreign entrepreneurs who want to build their businesses in the United States, each with its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Two of the most popular visas for startup founders are the E-2 and O-1, but what are the key differences between them?

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Startup Spotlight
From Idea to Exit: How This Startup Turned a Free Tool into an Acquisition

The founding Obie team went through many of the challenges other startups know all too well: finding product fit, monetization, and fundraising woes. It would take Chris and his team several years to land on a product that users would pay for, but the Obie team persevered and ultimately led the company through an acquisition.

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O-1 Visa vs. L-1 Visa

The L-1 visa, often overlooked by foreign entrepreneurs launching U.S. operations, is another pathway for startup founders to build businesses in the U.S., but what are the key differences between the O-1 and L-1?

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U.S. Entry Requirements for Air Travel as of October 26

The White House is expected to roll out new travel policies in early November that will impact U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and foreign travelers. Some of the details are still being worked out, but here’s what we know right now. Be sure to check back for more information as new details emerge.

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Startup Spotlight:
Access to International Talent Fuels Startup Growth

By harnessing technology, Voatz co-founder Nimit Sawhney and the Voatz team extend secure voter access to military personal, disabled citizens, U.S. citizens living overseas, and those who have historically faced challenges in voting due to logistical support difficulties.

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Cyvatar co-founder secures O-1 visa to scale rapidly growing cybersecurity-as-a-service startup

In 2019, Craig Goodwin and Corey White founded Cyvatar: a startup that levels the playing field in the cybersecurity market by providing an end-to-end security solution for businesses of any size and budget. Since then, Craig and the Cyvatar team have been on a trajectory to the moon and beyond. In June 2021, Cyvatar raised $9 million in Series A funding, amounting to a total of $12 million in less than a year. On top of that, Craig secured an O-1 visa, a critical move to serve the rapidly growing U.S. customer base.

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Re-mining Mining By-Products: A New Sustainable Source of Metal Raw Materials

Anthony Balladon and his co-founders’ vision for Phoenix Tailings is to become the world's first clean metals and mining company. This week, we learn how Phoenix Tailings contributes to creating a zero waste world, and why it is critical for Anthony to be in the U.S. with his co-founders.

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Founder Spotlight:
It’s All About the Customer

Sofia Quintero is totally rad. Born in Venezuela, she got her start running a skateboard shop before founding EnjoyHQ, a user research platform. Her startup was just acquired. This week, we are sharing her story along with how coming to the U.S. opened the door to her startups' success. 

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Founder Spotlight:
Using Artificial Intelligence and Behavioral Sciences to Optimize Revenue

When co-founders Valon Xhafa and Dr. Thilo Pfrang met in Germany, they found their skills and experience complemented each other perfectly. They founded behamics, which focuses on helping online retailers optimize revenue by employing artificial intelligence (AI) and behavioral sciences.

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5 Things You Must Know Before Forming an LLC

Once you’ve got your business idea and know who you’re going to sell to, it’s time to set up your business structure. In this post from StartPack, learn the ins and outs of forming an LLC to help you determine if it's the right structure for your business.

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Founder Spotlight: Improving Diabetes Care With AI

Julian needed a work visa to join his cofounder, Ali, in the Bay Area in order to establish a U.S. hub and accelerate growth. After shopping around, Julian found Legalpad. With an O-1 approval in hand, Julian and Ali are advancing Center to improve the lives of those managing diabetes

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Founder Spotlight: A Plan Written in the Stars: Brazilian Astrology Jewelry Creator Finds a Path Forward in the U.S.

When Daniela Vianna, co-founder of Ephemeris Co., found herself stuck in the United States following the initial outbreak of COVID-19 in early 2020, Daniela needed a new plan. The various U.S. immigration options for entrepreneurs like Daniela are often unclear so she had to get creative—and persistent. Daniela spoke to numerous immigration attorneys but was left with few options, until she discovered Legalpad.