Here’s another edition of “Dear Sophie,” the recommendations column that responds to immigration-related concerns about operating at innovation business.
“Your concerns are essential to the spread of understanding that allows individuals all over the world to increase above borders and pursue their dreams,” says Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley migration attorney. “Whether you remain in people ops, a founder or looking for a task in Silicon Valley, I would love to answer your questions in my next column.”
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A pal and I founded a tech startup in 2015. Like a lot of other start-ups, we’re looking for funding. Should we come to Silicon Valley to meet with investor?
How should we begin that procedure? What type of visa should we get and how easy is it to get?
— Logical in Lagos
Thanks for connecting to me from the entrepreneurial hotspot of Lagos!
In a current episode of my podcast, I consulted with Esther Tricoche, director of investments at Kapor Capital, who provided numerous words of knowledge to founders. She likewise pointed out that in lots of emerging entrepreneurial markets, including Lagos, accelerator funding and Series A funding are fairly simple to find, but pre-seed and seed financing are not.
Getting yourselves and your startup in front of Silicon Valley financiers that concentrate on pre-seed and seed financing will be important to rapidly scale. Esther discussed that even in U.S. cities, such as Atlanta, that are entrepreneurial hotspots, financial investment dollars are not as abundant as they are in Silicon Valley. Investors outside of Silicon Valley tend to be more risk-averse.