Immigration Tech & Marketing - The GMI Rocket Show - Hosted by Roman Zelichenko.

GMI Rocket

The GMI Rocket podcast is hosted by me, Roman Zelichenko, an immigration lawyer-turned-immigration tech startup founder exploring immigration technology and marketing. GMI Rocket is a community of global mobility and immigration (GMI) business owners, CEOs, execs and team members dedicated to tech, marketing and growing their businesses.

About me: I'm the co-founder and CEO of an H-1B compliance startup called LaborLess (http://www.laborless.io) I'm the founder of a creative agency helping immigration professionals with marketing (http://www.zelichenkocreative.com)

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Join my discussion with Henry Soo, founder, and CEO of Settlely, an online resettlement concierge based in Vancouver. Settlely helps connect immigrant newcomers to life's essentials using an on demand concierge model and Henry, Settle’s founder and CEO, has a fascinating story.  His great grandfather moved to California during the gold rush, and after a few generations, Henry was born and raised in Vancouver, BC.  Henry started his career in tech back in the 90s, moved to China for 15 years to work on foreign investment, and since returning to Canada, is instrumental to the Vancouver startup scene and so much more.  So, here’s what we’re going to talk about: Henry’s early life and his family’s immigration story  Why Henry moved to China to study Wushu (martial arts)  Henry’s journey back to Canada and his tech career  Henry’s journey back to Canada and his tech career  Why Henry returned to China for 15 years after the dot com crash Henry’s Vancouver startup experience and how he launched Settlely What Setllely does and how it works Henry’s vision for the future of immigration tech and Canadian startups in general  And more! For More Information On Settlely: http://settlely.com/

Nov 19

1 hr 20 min

Jeremy Fudge, Managing Partner at BAL!  BAL is one of the world’s biggest and most recognized corporate immigration law firms but is also a technology leader as well.  They’ve been pioneering immigration tech for decades, have built their own platform called Cobalt as well as other immigration tech tools, and are constantly investing in the up-and-coming.  So Jeremy, as a managing partner, is instrumental to BAL’s continued tech advancement. Jeremy’s been a partner with the firm for almost 15 years, and here’s what we’ll be talking about: : Jeremy’s early life and his experience leading up to law school  Jeremy’s first few jobs out of law school, and what drew him to immigration How Jeremy first joined BAL, and the experience of becoming a partner  BAL’s history and the firm’s connection with technology What BAL’s immigration tech looks like and how tech impacts service delivery Jeremy’s view of the future of immigration tech   And more!   For More Information On BAL: https://www.balglobal.com/

Oct 28

1 hr 2 min

Join my discussion with Michael Guirguis, the CEO of Seso, and he’s tackling agricultural immigration and the H-2A visa.  Michal and his team come from consulting & farming rather than immigration, and I think this is SUPER important because innovation within an industry is often inspired by an outside perspective.  As for Michael, he graduated from Stanford with a degree in Economics, had a stint at the White House, and then joined McKinsey, where he worked around the world.  After leaving McKinsey, Michael worked for an EduTech startup for a handful of years before finally launching Seso in 2019.  So, here’s what we’ll be talking about: Michael’s early years and his time at Stanford  Michael’s early entrepreneurial experiences, and his time at the White House Michael’s experience at McKinsey and Yup.com and how that shaped him How Michael came upon the idea for Seso, and the first steps he took His experience at Stanford’s CodeX program and where Seso is today Michael’s vision for Seso as the “Gusto for Agriculture” and the future of immigration tech And more! For More Information On Seso: https://www.sesolabor.com/

Oct 5

1 hr 14 min

For episode 39 of the GMI Rocket show, my guest is someone with an incredibly impressive career spanning the entire globe and ending in immigration tech: Brendan Ryan, CEO of Nomadic!  Brendan has had an illustrious career. First, he spent more than 2 decades in the Australian government: Department of Immigration, embassies in the Philippines and Hong Kong, and India to name a few.  Brendan then moved to private practice, first as a partner at PwC’s Australian immigration practice and eventually at Fragomen, where he spent over 16 years in offices around the world.  Finally, in 2019, Brendan became the CEO of Nomadic, a business visa, and document procurement company, which spun out of Fragomen.  Here’s what we’ll be talking about: Brendan’s early years & how he got his first job in Australia’s Dep’t of Immigration, Working for the Australian government around the world, How and why Brendan switched to private practice when he joined PwC, Brenda’s eventual move to Fragomen, and his experience there for nearly 2 decades, How Nomadic was born, and his journey to becoming CEO, What Nomadic does, what’s coming, and Brendan’s vision for the future of immigration tech, And more! For More Information on Nomadic: https://www.gonomadic.com/

Sep 1

1 hr 15 min

Today is a different type of guest on the GMI Rocket show - more of an INTRApreneur within a large corporation than my typical founder guest: Damian Wilson, manager at Abogado.com  Damian has been with Thomson Reuters since 2012, moving up the ladder every few years.  He worked with law firms, helping them with TR’s SaaS product, and at FindLaw assisting law firms with marketing.  Eventually, Damian stepped into a leadership role at Abogado.com, with a truly entrepreneurial mindset, to grow that business.  If you haven’t heard of it, Abogado.com helps lawyers that work with Spanish-speaking clients get in front of and connect with those clients. As you can imagine, immigration lawyers are a big part of this.  So, here’s what we’ll be talking about:  Damian’s early days and his educational background How he got into Thomson Reuters and some of his earlier jobs   How Abogado.com became part of Thomson Reuters Why Damian made a push to step into and help grow Abogado.com How the service works, and how it impacts immigration lawyers Damian’s vision about the future of Abogado.com and immigration marketing For More Information On Abogado: www.abogado.com

Aug 13

1 hr

I’m super excited for episode 37 of the GMI Rocket show because my guest is immigration lawyer, tech founder, and social media guru Bahar Ansari, founder of 2nd.law and co-founder of Case.one I met Bahar at the first-ever AILA tech and innovation summit in 2019. We connected right away over immigration tech and how it can help immigration law firms automate, streamline and scale.  But Bahar is also a social media guru - she’s active on Instagram, Linked In, TikTok, Clubhouse, and more. She has her own podcast, and we’ve discussed the power of digital marketing too!  This episode can easily go on for hours because there’s just so much to learn from Bahar. But I’ll try to keep it manageable So, here’s what we’ll be talking about:   Bahar’s story and immigration journey, What drew Bahar to the legal field and her law school experience, Why Bahar went from litigation to immigration and started her own firm, How Bahar got into legal tech and founded Case.one, Bahar’s journey with Case.one, How Bahar has also scaled her law firm using social media, Where Bahar sees the immigration industry going in terms of tech and marketing, And more! For More Information on Case.one:  https://case.one/

Jul 15

1 hr 42 min

My guest today on the GMI Rocket show is Amélie-Sophie Vavrovsky, co-founder of Formally, an immigration tech startup that’s simplifying immigration applications through accessible design.  Formally focuses on asylum applications (though it’s expanding) and, importantly, supports multiple languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.  Amélie herself has an incredible background: she graduated Brown University with a focus on international relations and Middle East studies, worked with nonprofit Impactive in Somalia, Haiti, and Egypt, is currently doing research at Stanford and speaks NINE languages!!  And in the meantime, she launched Formally, to bring address access-to-justice via technology. Here’s what we’ll be talking about: : Amélie’s background and early life   Amélie’s time at Brown and what led her to law + tech + policy  Amélie’s experience volunteering and studying abroad How Amélie came upon the idea for Formally, and the first steps she took What Formally does and where the company is heading  Amélie’s experience at Stanford and how it’s impacted Formally  What Amélie sees as the future of immigration technology  And more! For More Information On Formally: https://formally.us/home

Jul 14

1 hr 5 min

Today is episode 33 of the GMI Rocket show, and I’m joined by Ilya Brotzky, the CEO & founder of VanHack, which connects tech talent from around the world who are willing to relocate with hiring employers. VanHack is based in Vancouver, BC, but its reach is truly global. They have over 180,000 members from 100+ countries.  And it’s not just pure recruiting - VanHack hosts conferences, webinars, workshops, and more, all with the goal of creating a community of people looking for a job in tech and companies that are hiring.  Ilya launched his first venture while a senior at Cornell, spent considerable time in Brazil, and then started multiple businesses before starting VanHack in 2014.  Here’s what we’ll talk about:  Ilya’s early life and his time at Cornell, What inspired him to launch his first venture, Mountains for Moms, How Ilya found himself in Brazil, and what he did there, What eventually brought him back to Canada, How he launched VanHack, and the first steps he took, What VanHack does and how he’s scaled it so much in just a few years, What Ilya sees as the current state of the global workforce, and where it’s going. And more! For More Information on VanHack: https://vanhack.com/

Jun 30

1 hr 9 min

Today, in episode 34 of the GMI Rocket show, I’m interviewing one of the immigration tech stars of the last few years: Xiao Wang, co-founder, and CEO of Boundless. I actually first heard about Boundless on an episode of The Pitch, a podcast where guests pitch their startups to a panel of VC investors.  I still remember the day - I was on the bike at my gym, and I was SO HAPPY to hear immigration tech in the spotlight!  Since then, Boundless has raised over $18 million, and with its last round, acquired a competitor, RapidVisa.  With the new administration and general trends within the industry, there’s a huge need for tech. But immigration tech raises a lot of questions too...  So here’s what we’ll be talking about:: Xiao’s early days and his family’s immigration story Xiao’s time at Stanford and his impressive jobs after graduation What led Xiao to business school, and his time at Amazon How the idea for Boundless was born and how Xiao launched it Xiao’s experience raising VC funding and acquiring a competitor  How Boundless coexists with the traditional immigration law model  The future for Boundless and the immigration industry overall  And more! For More Information On Boundless: https://www.boundless.com/    

Jun 29

1 hr 5 min

For Episode 35 of the GMI Rocket show, I’m interviewing the CEO of one of the largest immigration tech companies in the world! Dick Burke, CEO of Envoy Global. After working as a corporate lawyer for most of the 90s, Dick spent over a decade at Classified Ventures, a VC firm that famously owned Cars.com.  Then in 2012, he became President at Apartments.com, wherein for just 2 years, he helped reinvigorate the business and lead its acquisition. Shortly after the sale, he joined Envoy.  Actually, at that time (2015), it wasn’t called Envoy yet… it was called VISANOW.  After Dick joined as CEO, the company rebranded to Envoy (2016), raised a $21M Series C round (2017), and has continued to grow ever since! Here’s what we’ll be talking about:  Dick’s early days and his time in college and law school, Dick’s experience working as a corporate lawyer in Chicago, Why Dick went from law to VC, and what he learned, His journey growing and leading the sale of Apartments.com, Why Dick joined Envoy and what his vision was for immigration tech, How Envoy works, where the company is now and where it’s going, Where Dick sees the immigration tech industry going overall  And more! For More Information on Envoy Global: https://www.envoyglobal.com/

Jun 26

1 hr 4 min

We’re exploring a nonprofit using tech to connect skilled refugees with jobs. Joining me is the CTO and co-founder John Cameron. Talent Beyond Boundaries helps, as their website puts it, unlock skilled migration pathways for refugees.  But John doesn’t come from an immigration law background - he was actually an innovator in the financial tech space first.  John had an illustrious career building tech in the financial sector and launched, grew, and sold two companies before really shifting his energy into supporting the refugee crisis.  Here’s what we’ll talk about: John’s early life and why he got into computer science. What it was like building one of the world’s first automated trading systems? What motivated John to start CameronFIX and eventually sell it? How John got into building a local wine/produce platform and eventually sold it  How John got involved with TBB and why he dove into solving refugee resettlement How TBB works and what the organization is aiming to do  What John sees as the future of technology and immigration  And more! For More Information On Talent Beyond Boundaries: https://www.talentbeyondboundaries.org/

Jun 7

1 hr 10 min

My guest today is Shiv CS, founder, and CEO of ImmiLytics. ImmiLytics provides immigration data analytics and business intelligence that allows immigration law firms & teams to dive into their data in new and insightful ways, streamline their processes and make better decisions. Shiv’s story is a really exciting one - he came to the US from India in 2000 and worked in the immigration industry from the very start, both at big law firms and large corporations.  Like a true entrepreneur, Shiv saw that there was a need in the market for better immigration data analytics, and so Immilytics was born!  Here’s what we’ll be chatting about: Shiv’s early days and studying law in India, Shiv’s immigration journey to the US and his first immigration job, How Shiv first landed a big law immigration job, What Shiv learned as he rose through the ranks at big firms and corps, How the idea behind ImmiLytics came about and Shiv’s first steps, Where ImmiLytics is today and its future, Where Shiv sees the immigration tech industry going And more! To Learn More about ImmiLytics: http://www.immilytics.com Hosted by immigration lawyer, immigration tech founder and entrepreneur Roman Zelichenko

Jun 5

1 hr 6 min

Today we’re diving into relocation tech with my guest Nitesh Mehrotra, CEO, and founder of SixWallz. SixWallz is working to democratize relocation services by helping employees moving to a new city for work find the perfect neighborhood.  How do they do this? They leverage data from the real estate, relocation, and HR industries to provide “instant neighborhood & home recommendations to applicants & relocating employees.” As often happens in the tech space, Nitesh experienced moving first hand, saw a problem, and with his co-founder, launched SixWallz to solve THEIR problem! So, here’s what we’ll be speaking about today: Nitesh’s early life and how he got interested in computer science, What Nitesh worked on in college & grad school as a computer science major, Nitesh’s experience working in technology in the early 2000s, Nitesh’s long career at Cisco, and his experience in the Mobility group, How the idea for SixWallz came about and the first steps Nitesh took, SixWallz’s growth throughout the years and where they are today, The future of the company and Nitesh’s vision for the future of the industry, and more! For More Information on SixWallz: http://www.sixwallz.com

May 27

1 hr 11 min

My guest is someone who is truly disrupting the human side of international mobility: Lynn Greenberg, co-founder and CEO of Pivt! Pivt is a social app geared towards relocated, mobile and remote employees - folks moving across the world to take on new, exciting work opportunities.   Those international opportunities, however, can come at a cost.  Indeed, relocated employees often move home sooner than expected, abandon their international assignment, and at times quit altogether.  In part because they have no social network or support system in their new host city!  Enter Pivt, which was born out of Lynn’s own experience living and working abroad.  So, here’s what we’ll be speaking about today:: Lynn’s origin story and early days Lynn’s experience playing sports and studying abroad in college How Lynn landed her first job after college, which sent her to London   Lynn’s experience in London and how that sparked the idea for Pivt How Lynn first launched Pivt, and how she adapted over time  Where Pivt is today and plans going forward  Lynn’s vision of the future of immigration and global travel  And more! For More Information On Pivt: http://www.pivtapp.com Hosted by immigration lawyer, immigration tech founder and entrepreneur Roman Zelichenko

May 4

1 hr 12 min

Join my discussion with Elena Antoneac, CEO and founder of xpath.global, all the way from Romania!!  Elena started her career in HR and global mobility, and then in 2013 founded Nestlers, a boutique law firm focused on immigration, global mobility and employment based in Romania & Moldova.  She slowly started to realize that there wasn’t an easy way for companies around the world to connect with all the great local mobility service providers in every country, there was no… marketplace for it.  And so xpath.global was born.  She raised 1M EUR from the EU, invested her own money, and got to work!  So here’s what we’ll be chatting about: Elena’s early days in Romania and all her academic achievements around the world How Elena landed her first job in global mobility and those first years were like What led Elena to launch Nestlers Elena’s experience growing Nestlers and how the idea for xpath.global came about What xpath.global does today and plans for the future Elena’s take on the global immigration tech space looking ahead  And more! For More Information On xpath.global: https://www.xpath.global/home Hosted by immigration lawyer, immigration tech founder and entrepreneur Roman Zelichenko.

Apr 9

1 hr 17 min

I’m excited to go across the Atlantic for episode 27 of the GMI Rocket show with the brilliant Sophy King, founder of Peregrine Immigration & Immiguru (acquired in 2015) and Owl Immigration! In 2011, after 6+ years working for other immigration companies, Sophy launched her own consultancy, Peregrine Immigration, and then built and launched two tech platforms: Immiguru,a web-based immigration knowledge center, and Immigo, an immigration case management platform. It was acquired by CIBT in 2015! Now, in 2021, Sophy’s back out on her own with a new business: Owl Immigration. Sophy’s experience is truly unparalleled, and I’m really honored to have this discussion with her! Here’s what we’re going to chat about: Sophy’s earlier life in the UK and why she pursued Oriental Studies & Chinese language at Cambridge, Sophy’s first experiences after university and what led her to immigration, What led Sophy to launch Peregrine, How Sophy came to build and successfully launch two immigration tech solutions, The experience of going through an immigration tech acquisition, What Sophy learned at CIBT and why she went back out on her own again  And more! For More on Owl Immigration: https://owlimmigration.com/ Hosted by immigration lawyer, immigration tech founder and entrepreneur Roman Zelichenko

Apr 2

1 hr 12 min

Join my discussion with Jacob Sapochnick, founder of Sapochnick Law Firm! Jacob is based in San Diego, but his reach is truly global (and massive): 279K followers on Instagram, 213.3K followers on TikTok and 68K subscribers on YouTube.  And I know other immigration lawyers are on these platforms too, but Jacob was often one of the first to jump on and, one of the most prolific and successful.  But Jacob’s also tech-savvy in other ways - his law firm has massively automated their sales and client intake process AND Jacob was an early investor in SimpleCitizen.  Talk about visionary.  So here’s what we’re going to talk about: Jacob’s early life in Israel and law school journey in Europe Jacob’s continued legal studies in the US and his early days as a lawyer How Jacob stumbled upon blogging and his first big breakthrough How Jacob started and grew so much on YouTube, Instagram and now TikTok Jacob’s thoughts on law firm tech and being an early SimpleCitizen investor Practical tips for immigration lawyers on tech and marketing  And more! Hosted by immigration lawyer, immigration tech founder and entrepreneur Roman Zelichenko

Mar 21

1 hr 10 min

I’m so excited to have Maneesha Mukhi, a YouTube expert who focuses on lawyers, particularly immigration lawyers!  Maneesha actually immigrated to the US and had F-1 visas, H-1B visas at a number of jobs, got her work-based GC process started multiple times, and only somewhat recently became a citizen.  Maneesha couldn’t find a ton of info to help her navigate the immigration labyrinth, so she launched AskEllis (www.askellis.com), which had helpful immigration blogs and access to vetted immigration lawyers.  A few years later, she started creating immigration content on YouTube, her channel really grew, and so she started helping others do the same (via https://maneeshamukhi.com/)! Here’s what we’ll be talking about:   Maneesha’s early life and move to the US, Her experience in college and business school, especially on a visa, How Maneesha manager her own immigration journey all those years, What inspired Maneesha to launch AskEllis, How AskEllis grew, and what made her pivot to YouTube, Success with blogs and YouTube, and how immigration professionals can do the same, And more! For More Information On AskEllis: www.askellis.com Hosted by immigration lawyer, immigration tech founder and entrepreneur Roman Zelichenko

Mar 11

1 hr 15 min

Join my discussion with Sophie Alcorn, a Silicon Valley-based immigration attorney, entrepreneur and marketing guru! Sophie got her BA from Stanford and her JD from WashU Law School. She has been working in the immigration space since her 3L internship with EOIR.  In the past 5 years, however, Sophie went from successful immigration attorney to content creator, speaker, entrepreneur and marketing machine. I don’t know how Sophie has time for everything, but that’s exactly what we’re diving into in this episode!  Here’s what we’ll be talking about: Sophie’s early days and attending Stanford as an undergraduate Law school in St. Louis and and her experience at EOIR Sophie’s start in immigration law, and whether she knew she’d always be in it Launching her own immigration law firm in 2015 How Sophie’s firm grew, and how she got a TechCrunch column in 2019 Sophie’s other marketing and entrepreneurial efforts since then Advice on marketing opportunities, and the future of marketing in immigration  And more! For More Information On Alcorn Law: www.alcorn.law Hosted by immigration lawyer, immigration tech founder and entrepreneur Roman Zelichenko

Mar 7

1 hr 10 min

Join my discussion today with Chris Richardson, co-founder of Argo, a tech-enabled company that connects visa applicants with former consular officers to prep and support them for their visa interviews. Here's what we'll be discussing: Chris’s early days and his path in college and law school, How Chris ended in big law doing employment and immigration, Why Chris left law firm life and became a Foreign Service Officer, Life as a consular officer, and moving posts, Why Chris ultimately left the service in 2018, How the idea for Argo came about and first steps to launching it, How Argo works today and the company’s mission and future, What Chris thinks about immigration tech today and going forward, And more! For More Information On Argo: http://www.argovisa.com Hosted by immigration lawyer, immigration tech founder and entrepreneur Roman Zelichenko

Feb 25

1 hr 10 min

Join my discussion today with Jeffrey O'Brien, founder of Mobile Pathways, which helps undocumented and under-documented immigrants gain access to reliable legal information about their numerous pathways to immigration via mobile phone technology. The nonprofit immigration tech model is super interesting and unique, so I'm particularly excited for this episode!  Here's what we'll be discussing: Jeffrey’s early days growing up in SoCal and law school in San Fran Jeffrey’s experience being “undocumented” in Germany Jeffrey’s pro bono asylum work and why he started his own immigration firm How Jeffrey first started to digitize his firm with Salesforce  How this grew into Mobile Pathways, how MP works and what it does How Mobile Pathways has grown since launch and what he sees for its future Where Jeffrey sees the immigration tech industry going, especially for A2J  And more! For More Information On Mobile Pathways: https://www.mobilepathways.org/ Hosted by immigration lawyer, immigration tech founder and entrepreneur Roman Zelichenko

Feb 18

1 hr 2 min

Join my discussion with Ed Cohen, Founder of Global Business News, a company that hosts conferences, provides independent news and industry updates, and more all about global HR, mobility, relocation, immigration, and more. Ed Cohen is a household name in the industry, so let's get to know the ban who is usually the one interviewing others!  Here's what we'll be discussing:  Ed's early life, education, and early days of his career, How Ed got started in the global mobility / HR industry, How his businesses have grown and expanded over the years, What Ed has learned about creating and sharing written, audio and video industry content, How Ed has weathered the COVID-19 storm and what he's seen across the industry, What Ed sees for the future of Global Business News, and the immigration/mobility industry more generally For More Information on Global Business News:  https://www.globalbusinessnews.net/ Hosted by immigration lawyer, immigration tech founder and entrepreneur Roman Zelichenko

Feb 11

1 hr 17 min

Join my discussion today with Sean Fu, CEO of SuperVisas, , which makes the Canadian immigration process cheaper, faster and easier. This is our third discussion with a Canadian immigration tech founder, so join us to learn more about what's happening north of the US border! Here's what we'll be discussing: Sean’s early days in China and why he came to Canada  Sean’s immigration journey, from applying to the wrong school to almost getting deported How these experiences led to a career in immigration  Why Sean decided to eventually start SuperVisas, and his first steps SuperVisas’ growth and where they are today Sean’s vision of the future of Canadian immigration and tech  And more! For More Information On SuperVisas: https://supervisas.com Hosted by immigration lawyer, immigration tech founder and entrepreneur Roman Zelichenko

Feb 6

1 hr 1 min

Join my discussion today with Bob Meltzer, Founder of VISANOW (rebranded to Envoy Global), one of the first immigration tech companies to raise VC funding and eventually exit to a private equity firm. Bob is a life-long entrepreneur and launched lawyer marketplace Lawyer Exchange after his exit from Envoy Global! We'll be talking about:   Bob’s early days, college, and law school experience,   Why Bob decided to get an international LLM and start his own firm,   How Bob transitioned to immigration law,   What sparked the decision to build and launch VISANOW?   How Bob first bootstrapped, then raised VC $, and grew the company,  Exiting VISANOW to private equity, and ultimately stepping down   What Bob has been doing since VISANOW,   Bob’s vision of the future of immigration and legal tech,   For More Information On LawyerExchange: https://www.lawyerexchange.com/ Hosted by immigration lawyer, immigration tech founder and entrepreneur Roman Zelichenko

Jan 28

1 hr 28 min

Join my discussion with John Fay, President of LawLogix, which helps immigration lawyers and in-house teams with immigration case management and compliance. This conversation will touch on everything from transitioning from law into legal tech, tech acquisition and more!  Here's what we'll be discussing:: John’s childhood and early days in Pennsylvania   John’s experience at Georgetown for undergrad and Penn Law afterwards How John got into immigration law and his experience as an attorney Why John went in-house at Tracker Corp and how that role shaped him John’s transition to LawLogix and the early days What it was like going through an acquisition  LawLogix today and where he sees the company and the industry going  And more! For More Information On LawLogix: https://lawlogix.com/ Hosted by immigration lawyer, immigration tech founder and entrepreneur Roman Zelichenko

Jan 15

1 hr 6 min

Join my discussion today with Sam Udani, CEO, ILW.com., which is an immigration publication and resource center. Sam has amazing experience in immigration tech, EB-5 event organization and more!  Here's what we'll be discussing:   Sam’s early life and how he got into immigration How Sam built and sold his first immigration tech platform  Why Sam got into publishing and marketing with ILW.com What it’s like being an independent publisher in the time of social media  What Sam thinks about the growth of tech in immigration   What’s Sam sees as the future of ILW.com and immigration more broadly  And more! For More Information On ILW: https://www.ilw.com/ Hosted by immigration lawyer, immigration tech founder and entrepreneur Roman Zelichenko

Dec 2020

1 hr 13 min

Join my discussion today with Orane Cole, CEO of Canadian immigration case management startup CaseEasy, which helps Canadian immigration lawyers and consultants streamline and automate their practice! With Canadian immigration all over the news (in a good way), I'm excited to learn more about what's happening in Canada from a tech perspective! Here's what we'll be discussing: Orane’s life and experience studying technology in Jamaica Orane’s journey immigrating to Canada from Jamaica to attend grad school How Orane’s tech career took shape in Canada after he graduated What inspired Orane to leave his tech career and pursue Canadian immigration tech What CaseEasy does and the company’s growth so far What Orane sees for the future of CaseEasy and Canadian / global immigration tech. And more! For More Information On CaseEasy: https://www.caseeasy.ca  Hosted by immigration lawyer, immigration tech founder and entrepreneur Roman Zelichenko

Dec 2020

1 hr 3 min

Join my discussion today with Andreas Kopysov, CEO of VISARIGHT, which simplifies, streamlines and automates German visa and immigration services! This discussion will be packed with insights into European and global immigration tech, so tune in!  Here's what we'll be discussing: Andreas’s background story and early days in Germany Andreas’s experience as a German Peace Officer How Andreas got his first job at a German consulate  Andreas’s experience working in consulates around the world What prompted Andreas to start VISARIGHT and how he got it off the ground   What VISARIGHT does today and how it’s innovating German immigration The future of VISARIGHT and Andreas’s view on European and global immigration tech  And more!  So stop by, leave a comment, give yourself a shoutout and join the discussion! For More Information On VISARIGHT: https://visaright.eu/  

Dec 2020

1 hr 5 min

Join my discussion today with Jared Jaskot, an immigration lawyer and the CEO of YoTengoBot, an AI-powered, bilingual (English and Spanish!) immigration law chatbot that revolutionizing immigration tech on. This episode is surely going to be inspiring and interesting, to say the least!  Here's what we'll be discussing: Jared’s early days and college experience Jared’s experience in the Peace Corps in El Salvador and how that influenced his career Jared’s experience at Georgetown Law, and his work as a public defender in Baltimore Why Jared eventually became an immigration lawyer How Jared’s volunteer work at a local immigration nonprofit inspired YoTengoBot YoTengoBot’s early days and how he started to work with influencer immigration lawyers How YoTengoBot raised VC funding and where the company is today.  And more! For More Information On YoTengoBot: www.yotengo.bot 

Dec 2020

1 hr 11 min

Join my discussion today with Ian Almasi, CEO of Immigration Finder, which delivers marketing and sales automation to immigration lawyers! This episode is packed with practical information as well as Ian's story!  We’ll be talking about: Ian’s background, life on the west coast and passion for scuba diving   How Ian’s grandfather, an immigration attorney, inspired him   How Ian got into marketing automation, and what marketing automation is What led Ian to start working specifically with immigration lawyers Tips on marketing automation and growth for immigration lawyers  And more! For More Information On Immigration Finder: www.immigrationfinder.com

Nov 2020

1 hr 4 min

Join my discussion today with Richard B. Alman, Founder of immigration media & tech company Recruiter Media, Inc. Richard is a serial entrepreneur who has experience ranging from Fortune 500 to real estate to immigration technology, and we'll be chatting about how his experiences shaped his entrepreneurial success, particularly in the immigration industry. We'll be talking about: Richard early days and studying business at Duquesne University Richard’s experience working for multiple Fortune 500 companies and how that helped him become a business founder Richard’s experience working in entertainment, manufacturing and real estate / investing How Richard stumbled upon PERM and what inspired him to launch Recruiter Media How Richard’s platform helps immigration lawyers and employers Where Richard sees the future of his company and immigration tech in general   And more!! For More Information On Recruiter Media: https://www.recruiternetworks.com/

Nov 2020

1 hr 2 min

Join my discussion today with Sara Itacus, COO and co-founder of immigration tech startup Legalpad. Sara, herself from the Philippines, both understands the immigrant journey as an individual, and has also worked in the immigration tech space for over 6 years, previously at a company that went through one of the few acquisitions in our industry. We'll be talking about: Sara’s journey as an immigrant from the Philippines to the US  How living and attending college in the Bay area impacted Sara’s career Sara’s first job out of college at immigration tech startup Teleborder Teleborder’s acquisition by TriNet and what that experience was like How Sara and Todd Heine connected and co-founded Legalpad Legalpad’s growth, pivots, fundraises and how they deal with the immigration rollercoaster Where Sara sees immigration tech going in the future For More Information On Legalpad: http://www.legalpad.io   

Oct 2020

1 hr

Join my discussion today with Angelo Paparelli, immigration lawyer, blogger and thought leader. Angelo is an immigration partner at Seyfarth Shaw and founder of the Nation of Immigrators blog . We’ll be talking about: Angelo's background How he got into immigration law.  His life in Iran, diving into the culture and learning Farsi.  His thoughts on starting his own firm vs. being a partner of a larger firm.  His thoughts around immigration before and after 9/11 and its impacts.  How theater (especially improv) shaped Angelo's views on business and marketing. And his blog, "Nation of Immigrators" and why blogging is important.  For More Information On Nation of Immigrators: www.nationofimmigrators.com 

Oct 2020

1 hr 12 min

Join my discussion with Ronald Huiskamp, CEO and founder of RelocationOnline, Inc. , a web and mobile platform that empowers relocation service providers by automating and streamlining immigration, neighborhood search, home rental and other aspects of the relocation process! We'll be talking about:   How Ronald grew up and attended university in the Netherlands   Ronald’s first job after university and how that led to his first startup   Ronald’s immigration journey to the US and how he got a job in the relocation industry   Ronald’s career path within relocation: from biz dev to marketing to product development   Why Ronald finally decided to build his own global mobility tech company, and the first steps he took   RelocationOnline’s journey over the last 9 years   Ronald’s views on the future of global mobility and immigration tech   For More Information On RelocationOnline: www.relocationonline.com

Oct 2020

1 hr 2 min

On this episode I speak with Sam Stoddard, CEO and co-founder of SimpleCitizen, a tech startup that’s automating & streamlining the green card and citizenship process for individuals and now expanding into the business immigration side as well! We'll be talking about: Sam’s background as an accounting professional and his journey to becoming an entrepreneur, the immigration experience that inspired Sam and his co-founders to launch SimpleCitizens and their first steps, what it’s been like to grow SimpleCitizen, what it's like raising outside funding , the future of SimpleCitizen and immigration & global mobility tech, and more! Subscribe and stay on top of immigration tech and marketing! For More Information on SimpleCitizen: https://www.simplecitizen.com

Oct 2020

1 hr 22 min

Umesh Vaidyamath: CEO of INSZoom: How a bad immigration experience and a Fed Ex package led Umesh to build the world's biggest immigration case management company Join in on my discussion with Umesh Vaidyamath, founder and CEO of INSZoom, a leading immigration software company that provides case management and other immigration tech solutions to immigration lawyers, corporations, universities, healthcare organizations and non-profits. We spoke about: Umesh's immigration story and how he came to the US on an H-1B to work as an Engineer, what inspired Umesh to start INSZoom and the first steps he took, how Umesh launched in his California Garage, and what the company was like as a startup, how Umesh weathered two recessions and how he's seen the immigration industry bounce back each time, advice to immigration lawyers and tech founders worried about the immigration industry today,  where Umesh sees the industry going in the future, and more! Subscribe and stay on top of immigration tech and marketing! For More Information On INSZoom: http://www.inszoom.com

Sep 2020

1 hr 2 min

Toni Xu, CEO of Immingo: How Toni's Neverending F-1 status led to her practicing immigration law and launching a startup streamlining immigration Join my discussion with Toni Xu, founder and CEO of Immingo (www.immingo.com), an immigration tech startup that automates and streamlines asylum, H-1B and O-1 and other visa applications, and the founder of Xu Law Group, which focuses on supporting immigrant founders. We spoke about: Toni's background and journey as an immigrant from China, Toni's initial focus on music and philosophy, how Toni ended up in law school, the beginnings of Toni's legal career, how that inspired Toni to launch Immingo, and what it took to launch it, what Immingo does today, what Toni sees for the future of Immingo and immigration tech more generally, and more! Subscribe and stay on top of immigration tech and marketing! For More Information on Inmingo: https://www.immingo.com/

Sep 2020

59 min 19 sec

John Khosravi, Immigration Lawyers Toolbox: Law firm success through YouTube and how John is now helping other immigration lawyers succeed On this episode I have an awesome, high-energy immigration law firm marketing discussion with John Khosravi, a US immigration lawyer and the founder of Immigration Lawyers Toolbox which provides resources and materials for immigration lawyers about immigration basics, marketing and branding tips, and more. We spoke about: How John was born in the US, moved to and grew up in Iran, and was top of his class even as an expat kid! John's journey to law school and his start in the finance and investment space,  how John got into immigration, and the niche he built his initial practice around . John's start with social media and how it helped him build his reputation, and firm, faster than he even imagined. How to get started on social media, what to focus on (and not focus on). Thoughts on the future of marketing in immigration, and lots more tips and motivational advice! Subscribe and stay on top of immigration tech and marketing!   For More Information on the Immigration Lawyers Toolbox:  https://immigrationlawyerstoolbox.com/

Sep 2020

1 hr 10 min

GMI Rocket - Immigration Tech Talks - With Romish Badani, CEO of Bride.Legal On this episode, I speak with Romish Badani, co-founder and CEO of Bridge Immigration, about how he left a successful finance career to eventually launch an immigration tech startup that helps HR teams and in-house immigration professionals handle the immigration process. We spoke about: Romish's background as a business major and how that led him to a career in finance, how Romish knew he wanted something more, which led him to attend Harvard Business School, how an internship with health tech startup ZocDoc opened Romish's eyes to how technology is disrupting different service industries, how Romish decided to on legal tech, and what the first iteration of what would become Bridge looked like, how Bridge evolved to become an immigration tech solution geared toward HR teams that hire and manage foreign talent, Romish's thoughts on the immigration tech industry and advice about fundraising, pivoting and the role of tech in the immigration space, And more! Subscribe and stay on top of immigration tech and marketing! More information on Bridge.Legal Below:  https://www.bridge.legal/

Sep 2020

1 hr 4 min

GMI Rocket - Immigration Tech Talks - With Josh Schachnow, CEO of Visto.AI. On this episode, I speak with Josh Schachnow, a Canadian immigration lawyer and serial immigration tech entrepreneur, about how he fell into immigration law, his journey as an immigration tech entrepreneur, and more. We spoke about: How Josh accidentally fell into immigration law, how Canada's favorable immigration policies created a brand new opportunity that Josh capitalized on, how Josh's entrepreneurial itch led him to launching his first immigration tech startup, and how that company failed, Josh's stint at a Canadian startup called VanHack, How Josh eventually started Visto.ai to help foreign students and skilled workers navigate the Canadian immigration landscape using tech, Josh's thoughts on Canadian immigration, - And more!  Subscribe and stay on top of immigration tech and marketing! More Information on Visto.AI Below: https://visto.ai/

Sep 2020

1 hr

Immigration Tech Talks - With Ian Hawes, CEO of Immitranslate. On this episode, I speak with Ian Hawes, who dropped out of college, was the CTO of a tech company in his early 20s, and eventually founded ImmiTranslate, a web-based platform that provides immigration-specific translations. We spoke about:   How Ian began coding at 11, and dropped out of college to take a full-time job as a developer, rose to the ranks of CTO in his early 20s and the opportunities and challenges that presented. Ian knew he wanted to start his own company, so he left his CTO role and went through a few failed startups. Ian and his friend and eventual business partner came up with the idea of ImmiTranslate after his business partner's challenges getting immigration documents translated. Listen to Ian's thoughts about where the immigration industry is heading next and where technology fits in. More information on Immitranslate below: https://immitranslate.com/how-it-works

Aug 2020

47 min 34 sec

GMI Rocket - Immigration Tech Talks With Jeremy Peskin, CEO of Docketwise. In this video, I chat with Jeremy Peskin who left his BigLaw job to found Docketwise, an immigration case management platform. We spoke about:   How Jeremy learned to code during law school, got lost in the Peruvian Amazon with his wife pushed Jeremy to leave his corporate job. How going through his own immigration experience led Jeremy to want to sold the problem of immigration paperwork, how COVID-19 has impacted Docketwise and the immigration industry in general and his thoughts about the future of our industry.  Subscribe for more videos on immigration tech and marketing! More information on Docketwise below: https://www.docketwise.com/discover-docketwise/?utm_source=adwords&gclid=Cj0KCQjw-O35BRDVARIsAJU5mQXEbHNRWoiMN_hdxhUyE66j1JxGetNgGUI46Mox7_wpl_66oFU-1qoaAgStEALw_wcB

Aug 2020

52 min 24 sec