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Sophie’s mission is to overcome borders, expand opportunity, and connect the world by practicing compassionate, visionary, and rigorous immigration law in service of the betterment of humanity. She believes that immigration fuels innovation and is inspired by amazing women and men who reach beyond the status quo to create their dreams.

The Sophie Alcorn Podcast features inspiring interviews that empower global leaders to influence change, regardless of their geographic location, place of birth, or citizenship. The conversations you'll hear about rapidly scaling tech companies and highly-motivated global founders creating new technologies will inspire you to manifest a new world.

Sophie Alcorn is the author of the weekly Ask Sophie column in TechCrunch and Ask Sophie: The Founder’s Guide to Visas & Green Cards. She is the founding attorney at Alcorn Immigration Law, the go-to resource for founders, HR, and technology professionals to obtain U.S. visas and green cards.

Sophie Alcorn Podcast Sophie Alcorn

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    • 4.8 • 23 Ratings

Sophie’s mission is to overcome borders, expand opportunity, and connect the world by practicing compassionate, visionary, and rigorous immigration law in service of the betterment of humanity. She believes that immigration fuels innovation and is inspired by amazing women and men who reach beyond the status quo to create their dreams.

The Sophie Alcorn Podcast features inspiring interviews that empower global leaders to influence change, regardless of their geographic location, place of birth, or citizenship. The conversations you'll hear about rapidly scaling tech companies and highly-motivated global founders creating new technologies will inspire you to manifest a new world.

Sophie Alcorn is the author of the weekly Ask Sophie column in TechCrunch and Ask Sophie: The Founder’s Guide to Visas & Green Cards. She is the founding attorney at Alcorn Immigration Law, the go-to resource for founders, HR, and technology professionals to obtain U.S. visas and green cards.

    177: A Discussion on Rebelling, Innovation, & Smarter Immigration Policies with Jonathan Grode

    177: A Discussion on Rebelling, Innovation, & Smarter Immigration Policies with Jonathan Grode

    When immigration law expert Jonathan Grode stops by, we don't just talk policy – we dissect the very fabric of American innovation and its lifeblood: immigration. Jonathan brings to the table a wealth of knowledge, passionately delving into how entrepreneurs thrive in the U.S.'s unique culture of risk and resilience. Our conversation spans the critical role immigrants play in the nation's economic engine and the urgent need for policies that nurture this dynamic, against the backdrop of a shifting political climate and demographic landscape. 
    We reveal the cracks and constraints in the U.S. immigration system – from the restrictive H-1B visa cap to the employment-based green card quotas. Taking a page from Canada's immigration playbook, we propose a vision for a more nuanced and adaptive framework – one that can keep pace with technological advances and the rapid evolution of industry needs. 
    Jonathan also shares profound insights into the human and philosophical side of immigration law. We explore how passion and personal branding can carve out a rewarding cross-border career, and celebrate the 'skinny NIW' experiment's trailblazing success, redefining the legal landscape. This episode is not just a discussion about policy – it's a homage to the connective power of global communities, and a clarion call for ongoing dialogue in the ever-evolving realm of immigration law. 
    In this episode, you’ll hear about: Immigration’s role in boosting American innovation and economic growth
    Canada's immigration policies vs. the U.S. system
    Population decline and the need for strategic legal pathways
    A look at the 'skinny NIW' experiment for highly skilled tech professionals
    Personal branding and passion in immigration law
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    Supporting Resources: https://www.gands.com/en-us/contact-us/
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    LinkedIn: @green-and-spiegel-us https://www.linkedin.com/company/green-and-spiegel-us/
    Twitter (X): @GreenSpiegelUS / https://twitter.com/GreenSpiegelUS/
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    Sophie Alcorn Podcast:
    Episode 080: Working for U.S. Startups from Canada with Marc Pavlopoulos
    Episode 122: U.S. Immigration Policy with Stuart Anderson
    Episode 147: Navigating the EB-2NIW Journey with Nadia Zaidi
    Immigration Options for Talent, Investors, and Founders
    Immigration Law for Tech Startups eBook
    Alcorn Academy course for best practices for securing the O-1A visa, EB-1A green card, or the EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) green card—the top options for startup founders. Use promotion code ILTS for 20% off the enrollment fee.

    • 47 min
    176: Foreign Workers & Export Controls in the Space Industry: Insights from Jack Shelton

    176: Foreign Workers & Export Controls in the Space Industry: Insights from Jack Shelton

    Venture into the enthralling realm of space law and export controls with our latest episode, featuring Jack Shelton, co-founder of Aegis Space Law. Jack began his career in maritime law, working for ocean carriers, and he currently focuses on export controls and contracts for the commercial space industry.
    Jack takes us on a stellar journey from his early days fascinated by the intricacies of maritime law, to his serendipitous discovery of a YouTube video that launched his career into the cosmos of space legalities. Together, we dissect the unique challenges faced by small space enterprises and delve into the necessary legal agreements that keep their celestial ventures afloat. Discover the nuanced responsibilities of safeguarding sensitive technologies and intellectual property, ensuring that the stars align for both compliance and innovation. 
    Dive into U.S. export control regulations and gain a deeper understanding of the complexities that govern the sharing of technical data and foreign partnerships. Jack spotlights the sizable impact these regulations have on securing Small Business Innovation grants and delineates the pivotal role they play in protecting interests across international lines. Come away equipped with the knowledge of what actually constitutes an 'export' and why vigilance is paramount in these interstellar negotiations. 
    In this episode, you’ll hear about: Supporting small businesses in the space industry
    American ownership requirement for grants
    Foreign engineers on US space projects
    Investigation of company compliance
    Navigating entry into the US space industry
    Navigating green card and export controls
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    Supporting Resources: https://www.youtube.com/@aegisspacelaw
    https://www.instagram.com/spacelawyerjack/
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/jack-shelton/
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    Sophie Alcorn Podcast:
    Episode 157: Space is Our Future, with Christopher Hearsey
    Episode 168: Into the Cosmos: Space Startups, Regulatory Hurdles, and Pioneering Tomorrow with Bryce Kennedy
    Episode 173: In Orbit with Alice Carruth: Insights on Space Exploration, Communication, and Innovation
    Immigration Options for Talent, Investors, and Founders
    Immigration Law for Tech Startups eBook
    Alcorn Academy course for best practices for securing the O-1A visa, EB-1A green card, or the EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) green card—the top options for startup founders. Use promotion code ILTS for 20% off the enrollment fee.

    • 56 min
    175: The Importance of Self-Advocacy: Deb Dutta’s Journey from Product to Founder

    175: The Importance of Self-Advocacy: Deb Dutta’s Journey from Product to Founder

    As I sat down with Deb Dutta, the visionary behind Criya, her story unfolded like a tapestry of resilience and innovation. From her early days on an F1 visa to becoming CEO of a groundbreaking AI startup, Deb's journey is a powerful narrative of an immigrant founder's rise in the tech world. 
    Deb opens up about the meticulous dance of securing an EB-1A visa amidst a challenging political landscape, and how this experience honed her skills in storytelling – a tool she believes is crucial for professional advancement. This dialogue isn't just about business strategies but also the human experience of finding one's voice in the digital age and the cultural tightrope walked by those promoting their work with authenticity and poise. 
    The art of personal branding takes center stage as Deb shares the philosophy behind Criya, transforming how professionals can showcase their personal brand with AI's helping hand. Her insights are a masterclass in navigating the complexities of today's fast-paced digital environment, where making a lasting impression is both an art and a science. Deb discusses the balance of guiding young minds through the maze of societal judgment while encouraging them to stay true to their convictions.
    In this episode, you’ll hear about: Deb’s immigration story and creating Criya
    Navigating the immigration maze and productization
    Celebrating success with Paypal
    Personal branding for professional success
    Facilitating PR for aspiring applicants
    Mastering investor pitch decks
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    Supporting Resources: https://www.criya.co/
    https://www.instagram.com/debduttaofficial/   
    https://www.linkedin.com/in/deboshree-dutta/
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    Sophie Alcorn Podcast:
    Episode 089: Advocating for International Startup Founders with Jeff Farrah of National Venture Capital Association
    Episode 113: How startup founders are moving to the US
    Episode 170: Strategic Expansion for Founders: Lessons from Serial Entrepreneur David Rose
    Immigration Options for Talent, Investors, and Founders
    Immigration Law for Tech Startups eBook
    Alcorn Academy course for best practices for securing the O-1A visa, EB-1A green card, or the EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) green card—the top options for startup founders. Use promotion code ILTS for 20% off the enrollment fee.

    • 44 min
    174: Authentic Connections: Lior Klisman's Journey to Building Borderless

    174: Authentic Connections: Lior Klisman's Journey to Building Borderless

    When the entrepreneurial spirit calls, few tales resonate as deeply as Lior Klisman's ascent with Sentant, his IT security startup. On today's show, Lior shares the thrills and spills of the startup journey, from the seed of an idea to the cusp of a significant company exit. It's a dance of determination and serendipity, where networking isn't just shaking hands – it's about real, authentic exchanges that can make or break your venture. Lior's personal insights provide a goldmine for fellow founders, and he gives us a sneak peek into his next venture, Borderless, which pledges solidarity with immigrant entrepreneurs. 
    Adapting to Silicon Valley's cultural tides requires more than just a business plan; it's an art form that Lior has mastered. Lior's military intelligence background adds a unique perspective to the conversation, providing sage advice for meshing into Silicon Valley's distinct social fabric. His five crucial tips are like a navigational compass for any new arrival aiming to make their mark in the Bay Area. Listen in as we discuss the transformative power of community and the intrinsic value of human connection, challenging the notion that financial success is the ultimate goal.
    In this episode, you’ll hear about: Startup exit success story
    Hourly billing inspired by law firms
    Transitioning out after private equity acquisition
    Embracing change and cultural diversity
    Building relationships in community
    Building borderless communities through passion
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    Supporting Resources: www.liorklisman.com
    www.linkedin.com/in/liorklisman
    www.borderless.club 
    www.sentant.net 
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    Sophie Alcorn Podcast:
    Episode 146: Access to Innovation: Founders and the Blockchain with Samuel Ekpe
    Episode 151: Exploring Global Growth Strategies for EU Founders with Daniel Zawarczynski
    Episode 170: Strategic Expansion for Founders: Lessons from Serial Entrepreneur David Rose
    Immigration Options for Talent, Investors, and Founders
    Immigration Law for Tech Startups eBook
    Alcorn Academy course for best practices for securing the O-1A visa, EB-1A green card, or the EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) green card—the top options for startup founders. Use promotion code ILTS for 20% off the enrollment fee.

    • 44 min
    173: In Orbit with Alice Carruth: Insights on Space Exploration, Communication, and Innovation

    173: In Orbit with Alice Carruth: Insights on Space Exploration, Communication, and Innovation

    When Alice Carruth's voice first graced the airwaves with the T-Minus Space Daily podcast, little did she know it would skyrocket in popularity, much like the industry she meticulously reports on. Her journey from quiet beginnings to producing daily space news captures the essence of our latest conversation, where she captivates us with tales of satellites weaving through our day-to-day lives and private sector giants like SpaceX charting new courses for humanity. 
    Embark on a personal voyage with me as I recount my transition from television production to the vibrant space communications arena, all while navigating life's unexpected turns from the UK to New Mexico. We delve into the rich space heritage of my new home and how the right place at the right time led to a thriving career at Spaceport America. Alice and I reflect on the serendipitous moments that can define our professional journeys and why New Mexico has become a beacon for space industry mavens and startup founders alike.
    This is a discussion that orbits around the crucial role of space in global development and personal empowerment – one that will leave you contemplating the stars and our place among them.
    In this episode, you’ll hear about: Exploring the global impact of space
    New Mexico space career journey
    Space entrepreneurship and communication
    Importance of communication in startups
    Shaping a better future through space
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    Supporting Resources: Alice's podcast: T-Minus 
    U.S./Australia Agreement 
    N2K Space
    Spaceport America Cup
    Cynda Collins Arsenault (referenced in the podcast)
    Social Media handles: 
    Instagram: @tminusdaily or @alice.carruth 
    Alice Carruth on LinkedIn
    N2K Space on LinkedIn
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    Sophie Alcorn Podcast:
    Episode 157: Space is Our Future, with Christopher Hearsey
    Episode 168: Into the Cosmos: Space Startups, Regulatory Hurdles, and Pioneering Tomorrow with Bryce Kennedy
    Episode 171: Navigating Space Governance, Peace, and Inclusive Leadership
    Immigration Options for Talent, Investors, and Founders
    Immigration Law for Tech Startups eBook
    Alcorn Academy course for best practices for securing the O-1A visa, EB-1A green card, or the EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) green card—the top options for startup founders. Use promotion code ILTS for 20% off the enrollment fee.

    • 42 min
    172: Turning Adversity into Opportunity: Faris Alami's Path from Refugee to Entrepreneur

    172: Turning Adversity into Opportunity: Faris Alami's Path from Refugee to Entrepreneur

    Faris Alami's incredible life story unfolds in this episode, as he recounts his transformation from a Palestinian refugee to a notable entrepreneur and leader. His narrative is a testament to the indomitable human spirit and showcases the profound impact of vision and hard work. In a revealing conversation, Faris takes us through his early adversities during the first Gulf War, the cultural and educational challenges he faced in the United States, and the entrepreneurial triumphs that followed. His founding of International Strategic Management and advising roles offer a beacon of hope and a roadmap to success for anyone with the courage to follow their dreams.
    This episode is a treasure trove for aspiring entrepreneurs, particularly those from underserved communities or immigrant backgrounds. Learn how Faris's innovative two-page business plan and strategic insights have empowered numerous minority entrepreneurs to overcome cultural barriers and networking gaps. We shine a light on the crucial influence that entrepreneurs have, not just within local communities in the U.S. but on a global scale. Faris's journey epitomizes the philosophy of 'Start Where You Are,' proving that with the right mindset, even the most modest beginnings can lead to remarkable achievements.
    In this episode, you’ll hear about: From refugee to entrepreneur Supporting underserved entrepreneurs and communities Startup funding and networking strategies Importance of entrepreneurship in communities Resilient entrepreneurial leadership insights Follow and Review: We’d love for you to follow us if you haven’t yet. Click that purple '+' in the top right corner of your Apple Podcasts app. We’d love it even more if you could drop a review or 5-star rating over on Apple Podcasts. Simply select “Ratings and Reviews” and “Write a Review” then a quick line with your favorite part of the episode. It only takes a second and it helps spread the word about the podcast.
    Supporting Resources: Social Links for Faris
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    Facebook
    Instagram
    Books
    Start Where You Are 
    Power of 7 in Marketing
    Courses
    Power of 7 Marketing Program—My ISM Inc
    The Resilient Entrepreneur Course | International Strategic Management
    Podcast 
    Finjan Show
    Publication
    “When Adversity Becomes an Advantage”
    Alcorn Immigration Law: Subscribe to the monthly Alcorn newsletter
    Sophie Alcorn Podcast:
    Episode 089: Advocating for International Startup Founders with Jeff Farrah of National Venture Capital Association
    Episode 145: Financial Freedom and the Near-Future of Venture Capital with Asra Nadeem
    Episode 159: From Founding to Funding: Understanding Venture Capital Potential with Kristen Ostro & Nicole Fuller
    Immigration Options for Talent, Investors, and Founders
    Immigration Law for Tech Startups eBook
    Alcorn Academy course for best practices for securing the O-1A visa, EB-1A green card, or the EB-2 NIW (National Interest Waiver) green card—the top options for startup founders. Use promotion code ILTS for 20% off the enrollment fee.

    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
23 Ratings

23 Ratings

Iamnotagamer ,

This is so useful!

As an immigrant, working in Silicon Valley it is hard to find accurate source of information on this complex topic. This podcast is a great resource to navigate the h1b, green card situation for entrepreneurs or immigrant professionals in general.

Nice work!

Raiyanr ,

Too much unnecessary information

Thankful for what you guys share. Podcast related to US immigration is a great way to serve those in need, especially since the US Immigration System is not easy to navigate. While I appreciate your service, I believe most of your podcasts could be shorter if you can just get to the point instead of providing too much unnecessary information. Sometimes it takes up to 10 min before you start talking about the substance. By the time you get to the point you’ve already lost the attention because you’ve shared iterated and regurgitated way too much unnecessary information. Time is precious and it’s more precious for those with a constantly ticking clock.

I hope you’ll find my review helpful

Thank you

Laniedenslow ,

Practical information well presented

Sophie's presentation is clear, easy to understand. This will be a valuable resource.

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