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Immigrant, Inc.: Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy (and how they will save the American worker)

Immigrant, Inc.: Why Immigrant Entrepreneurs Are Driving the New Economy (and how they will save the American worker)

Richard T. Herman, Robert L. Smith

ISBN: 978-0-470-45571-5 November 2009 226 Pages

 Hardcover

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$29.95

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A provocative look at the remarkable contributions of high-skill immigrant entrepreneurs in America

Both a revelation and a call-to-action, Immigrant, Inc. explores the uncommon skill and drive of America's new immigrants and their knack for innovation and entrepreneurship. From the techies who created icons of the new economy-Intel, Google, eBay and Sun Microsystems-to the young engineers tinkering with solar power and next-generation car batteries, immigrants have proven themselves to be America's competitive advantage.

With a focus on legal immigrants and their odyssey from homeland to start-up, this unique book

  • Explores the psyche, cultural nuances, skills, and business strategies that help immigrants achieve remarkable success
  • Explains how immigrants will create the American jobs of the future-if we let them

Whether you are a CEO, a civic leader, or an entrepreneur yourself, Immigrant, Inc. warns of the peril of anti-immigrant attitudes and a hostile immigration process. It also explains how any American can tap their "inner immigrant" to transform their lives and their companies.

Written by an immigration lawyer who represents immigrant entrepreneurs and a journalist who specializes in international culture, the authors have a front-row seat to this phenomenon, offering a fascinating glimpse into the mindset of the most persistent entrepreneurs of the era.

Preface: My Immigrant Experience.

Acknowledgments.

Introduction: Welcome to Immigrant, Inc.

Chapter 1 A Mighty New Idea.

Chapter 2 The Mounting Evidence.

Discovering a Phenomenon.

The Accidental Entrepreneurs.

Urban Legend?

A Skill Grows Lucrative.

Mother of Invention.

The VCs' Keen Eye.

New Seeds, Fertile Soil.

Chapter 3 A Land of Opportunity, Still.

A True Model Minority.

An Idea, an Obsession.

Learning to Persevere.

Survival, Climbing, and Thriving.

Where Business Is Business.

Chapter 4 Restless Dreamers.

Seeing It First.

A 24-Hour Job.

Mexico Never Tasted So Good.

No Room for a Dream.

The Colors of Palestine.

Chapter 5 Earth's Best and Brightest.

Attracting the Striver Class.

An African Way.

The Reluctant Italian-American.

Out of Shadows, into Solar.

Love, Study, and a Start-Up.

At Home Far Away.

Chapter 6 Cowboys of a New Frontier.

A New Kind of Entrepreneur.

A Melting-Pot Dream Team.

The Super Prof.

Joining a New England Tradition .

The Guru.

New Era of Innovation.

Made in America?

Reviving the Motor City.

Spirits High, Lights Aglow.

Chapter 7 Desperate Achievers: Prequel to Google.

Starting from Nothing.

The Boat People.

An Artful Niche.

The Family of Google.

Anxious Wait for Visas.

Chapter 8 Importing Solutions.

A Gateway Re-Emerges.

Tapping the Tide.

Savvy Pilgrims, Creative Shopkeepers.

A Wave of Home Restorers.

A Boost for Everyone.

The Power of One.

Pushing Open the Door.

Toward a "Shared Prosperity".

A Harlem-Like Renaissance.

Seeds of Progress.

Chapter 9 The Stimulus We Need.

An Immigrant Advantage.

America Losing Ground.

Suffering an Antiquated System.

A Better Way.

The Change We Need—Changing Attitudes.

Chapter 10 Thinking Like an Immigrant.

The Dream-Keepers.

A Nation of Immigrants Indeed.

Keys to Success.

The Explorer.

The Knowledge Advantage.

For Pride, For Family.

The Power of Teamwork.

The Possible Dream.

Appendix.

About the Authors.

Index.

"The authors describe the attributes that foster entrepreneurship in this group of individuals: immigrants tend to have a culture that supports education, entrepreneurship, family, and a high-energy work ethic. Entreneurship might also be important to this group because of issues related to discrimination, legal hassels, language barriers, and lack of money." (Choice, July 2010)

"Immigrant, Inc., is the provocative title of a book that argues that talented newcomers are the best hope that America has to create the jobs we will need to lift this country out of recession." (sfgate.com, January 18, 2010)

"The authors of Immigrant Inc. go beyond praising talented immigrant entrepreneurs to explore their mindset, cultural specificities and their high level of determination and innovative thinking." (Businessworld Magazine, India)

"Want to add energy, creativity, jobs and increased prosperity to the regional and state economies? Do everything possible (and legal) to attract skilled immigrants. That is the compelling message of Richard T. Herman, a Cleveland immigration attorney, and Robert L. Smith, a Cleveland Plain Dealer reporter, in their new book." (Akron Beacon-Journal)