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The Immigrant Exodus: Why America Is Losing the Global Race to Capture Entrepreneurial Talent

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Many of the United States' most innovative entrepreneurs have been immigrants, from Andrew Carnegie, Alexander Graham Bell, and Charles Pfizer to Sergey Brin, Vinod Khosla, and Elon Musk. Nearly half of Fortune 500 companies and one-quarter of all new small businesses were founded by immigrants, generating trillions of dollars annually, employing millions of workers, and h ...more
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Published October 2nd 2012 by Wharton Digital Press
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Jan 12, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Diversity is asset." I saw this in Boston in 2003, and I was really impressed. Probably very few, if not zero, countries in the world give such message. In my country (Japan), diversity has never been (considered as) asset. I realized the power of the USA.
This book clearly indicated the situation is quite changed in the US, and the environment would not allow to realize diversity, and thus would not lead to the diversity-is-asset situation.
Quite interesting to realize, also, the globalization
John Stein
Oct 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: policy-politics

If there is one simple, potentially bipartisan, economic issue everyone should be concerned about its immigration. The challenge for the next twenty years is getting more immigrants, and the right kind of immigrants
Feb 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quick, common sense argument for loosening up employment visa restrictions to keep the US economy vibrant.
Jun 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: business, misc
A successful immigration recipe for old world economies

Very well researched and supported context and background of immigration issues. Clear examples of success synthesized in a clear set of proposals.
Written from the pint of view of the US but would apply to many other developed countries. A must read for people in public service or office with an impact on immigration
Vicky Hunt
May 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An analysis of the most current research into trends in immigration patterns worldwide, as it relates to the USA. Wadhwa points to numerous examples among Silicon Valley's immigrant entrepreneurs; as well as the young and educated class of first generation immigrants who are choosing to return home a few years after college in the USA, to build startups in other countries.
Wadhwa points to two major causes of the trend.
1. The current bureaucratic mess of the Visa process and Immigration Bill H-
Quyen Le
Jan 06, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As a person who has gone through all the headache of obtaining a legal working visa in the US, I picked this book with a big smile on my face. It was an interesting reading and I felt related reading the 1st three or four chapters. Sadly, the writer managed well to make some serious mistakes and repeat himself over and over. As the result, the book gets tired and is extremely repetitious despite the review on The Economist that writes: "this book is admirably short"(about 80 pages)

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Shirley Freeman
This is a quick but interesting read. Wadhwa makes a compelling, well-researched argument for fixing US immigration laws for highly skilled workers. His data show that highly skilled immigrants are a huge component of entrepreneurs - the main driver of economic growth. The percentage of new businesses created by immigrants is more than double the percentage of immigrant population... or it has been until recently. Our immigration process has become so cumbersome, and often impossible, that more ...more
The fabric of this country was woven with its ability to absorb diverse cultures and attract talent pools from all over the world who then help contribute to this nation's society, economy and fuel its sustained competitive advantage over the world. Today at this juncture we are at the very verge of loosing this very fundamental fabric of our society due to bad policy framework by our leaders. A must read for those politicians who are at the forefront of these policies and decision making and a ...more
Naomi Blackburn
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is an excellent WARNING as to the entreprenurial attack in the United States today which is causing us to not be able to compete or stand ahead of other countries that we once had an edge over. The author sites statistics from a study he had participated in as well as case studies to demonstrate why the US, once the beacon, for "overperforming" entrepreneurs are no longer finding the US the beacon of light for foreigners who once came to the US because of the openness to both Visas and ...more
Simranjit Randhawa
Oct 30, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Simranjit by: The Economist
Vivek Wadhwa makes a good case and backs it up with a lotta numbers. Only grouse is that it's too silicon valley and engineer centric. Apart from that, it sheds considerable light on the many problems that plague the current American immigration policy and eventually the American Entrepreneurial spirit.
Diego Flores
Important message, but repetitive even for how short it is. Didn't get much more from it than I did reading the review in the Economist.
Ravnoor Gill
Aimed at foreign entrepreneurs, with refreshingly cautious insights for anyone considering settling in the States.
Well-researched and well-argued, but a stressful read for any non-Americans who might want to start a business based in the US in the near future.
May 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Important ideas. Slightly clunky writing. Quick read.
Robert Hoffman
Jan 26, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A concise high level overview of how current skilled immigration policy is like a fierce headwind on the US economy, and a friend to foreign competition. Several of the recommendations make sense.
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