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

by Richard T. Herman, Robert L. Smith
     
 

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780470455715
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
11/09/2009
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"We've all heard of the entrepreneurial power of modern-day immigrants to America. But this book goes further. It shows how newcomers to our shores, setting up their own firms, excelling in cutting-edge technologies, employing and working with native Americans, are essential to the United States' economic well-being, indeed its very future in a fiercely competitive 21st century world."
Neal Peirce, The Washington Post Writers Group

"Immigrant, Inc. is well researched, wonderfully written, and a fun, fast read. Like The Millionaire Next Door, Robert Smith and Richard Herman wowed readers with stories of extraordinary people doing extraordinary things, and in the process, they are also creating a more diverse, vibrant and colorful America. A page turner—I couldn't put it down."
Loung Ung, author of First They Killed My Father and Lucky Child

"The authors' passion comes through in this fantastic book that points to the power and importance of intercultural partnerships in a global economy."
Connie Atkins, executive director, Consortium of African American Organizations

"Richard Herman and Robert Smith paint a compelling and accurate portrait of the powerful role immigrants play in our economy, and remind us that new people, ideas, and entrepreneurial energy is the American Dream story. Required reading for all policy makers and practitioners working to help America keep its competitive edge in the 21st century."
John Austin, senior fellow, The Brookings Institution, director, Great Lakes Economic Initiative

"As Americans prepare to celebrate a Thanksgiving holiday that marks the harvest of some of the first European immigrants to America, they may want to settle in with some reading appropriate for the day. A good choice would be Immigrant, Inc.: ... In the end, judgments about immigration policy will, or should, turn less on calculations about the federal fiscal budget and more on assessments of America's national character as a refuge and a place where newcomers can innovate and build new lives, as they have from the days of those pioneering Pilgrims right through to the contemporary characters whose stories are so compellingly told in this book."
Ira Stoll, author of Samuel Adams: A Life and editor of FutureofCapitalism.com

Meet the Author

Richard T. Herman is the founder of Richard T. Herman & Associates, an immigration and business law firm in Cleveland, Ohio, which serves a global clientele in over ten languages. He is the co-founder of a chapter of TiE, a global network of entrepreneurs started in 1992 in Silicon Valley. He has appeared on ABC's 20/20, National Public Radio, Fox News, and various affiliates of NBC, CBS, and ABC. He has also been quoted in such publications as USA Today, InformationWeek, PC World, Computerworld, CIO, Site Selection, and National Lawyers Weekly.

Robert L. Smith is a veteran journalist who covers international cultures and immigration for The Plain Dealer, Ohio's largest newspaper. He has written extensively about immigration issues and has interviewed people at all points of the immigrant experience, from undocumented field workers to millionaire entrepreneurs.

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