I am the Co-founder and Managing Partner of One Way Ventures, the venture fund backing exceptional immigrant founders.
More importantly, I am a refugee from the Soviet Union and an advocate for open borders. I believe people should be free to work and create value anywhere, regardless of where they are born.
Through my experience working with the startup community, I have observed that immigrant founders are much more likely to build big companies–having gone through the immigration process gives them a competitive advantage as entrepreneurs. My hope is that One Way Ventures will increase social acceptance of immigration around the world, and that one day more people will think globally – that we are not so much patriots of a country, but rather patriots of the world.
Managing Director of Techstars (Boston).
Founder of Fast Engines, Vert, & the Troublemaker Award
MIT Blackjack Team leader
Columbia University & MIT