Written by Ajay Yadav
Founder and CEO of Roomi
“As an “expat-preneur” who moved to the U.S. from India twelve years ago and founded three companies, I believe my own personal experience may shed some light on this question.
To begin with, immigrating to a new country means starting from scratch: learning an entirely new language, separating from loved ones, figuring out how to navigate an unfamiliar culture and re-establishing the basics, including shelter, employment, health insurance, and community.
And therein lies the secret: starting a new business carries many of the same challenges as uprooting your life and moving to a new country. Entrepreneurs need to learn the new “language” of business and finance, navigate the cultural nuances of commerce, industry, and effective networking, and separate themselves from the crowd in order to seek out new endeavors. In short, both experiences require peak levels of resourcefulness and a persevering spirit to power through non-stop challenges and new territories.”