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70 US companies founded by immigrants; Google, Apple, Tesla and many more!

After Donald Trump’s 3-month immigrant ban, Jordan Gonen made a list of 70 companies founded by immigrants and marked their contributions to the US.
As you know, the new President of the United States, Donald Trump, issued a law on the prohibition of immigrants from the seven countries whose majority of the population were Muslims. Jordan Goren, who immigrated to the US 20 years ago, stands up to trump and releases the list of 70 giant US companies founded by immigrants.

40 Percent of Fortune 500 Companies Founded by Immigrants or Their Children¹

Almost anyone knows about the high-tech companies like Google, Apple, Paypal and the stories of their immigrant founders. But, according to New American Economy research, 40% of the Fortune 500 companies founded by immigrants. These figures are remarkable because the foreign-born population of the United States has an average of 10.5% since 1850, which means immigrant founders way overrepresented in the most successful 500 companies in US. These Fortune 500 companies had combined revenues of $4.2 trillion in 2010 and $1.7 trillion of this revenue comes from immigrant founders.
 

What makes immigrants more successful than others?

 Let’s think about what Elon Musk, Sergey Brin, Arianna Huffington, Steve Jobs and many others have in common. In America, immigrants are 2.3 more likely to become an entrepreneur. They represent almost 30% of the US entrepreneurs but only 13% of the population. Similarly, one-fourth of the technology and engineering companies has at least one immigrant co-founder.
Research shows that selection and discrimination against immigrants are the main reasons behind this phenomenon. According to the recent study made by HBR, cross-cultural experiences increase immigrants’ capabilities and make them more open minded. Being part of different cultures, they encounter new products, services, customer preferences, and communication strategies.

Founders stand up against the law

Sergey Brin, who escaped from the Soviet Union in 1979 and took refuge in the United States and founded Google, probably the most important company in the age of information. He was one of the protestors in the San Francisco airport yesterday.
“I am here because I am an immigrant.” – Sergey Brin
 

Elon Musk: Refugees do not deserve to be rejected

Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, showed his reaction to the new arrangement via his Twitter account. Musk states that forbidding people from the country is not the best way to get around the difficulties that the country faces, Musk said. Many people who are affected by this darkness do not deserve it.

AirBnb offers free housing;

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky shared on Saturday that US should keep doors open and said he needed to find ways to bring everybody together from his Twitter account. Chesky announced Sunday that AirBnB will offer free housing to refugees and anyone else who is not allowed to be in US.

Jordan Gonen’s immigrant founders list;

Steve Jobs – Apple
Elon Musk – Tesla / SpaceX
Steve Chen – YouTube
Sean Rad – Tinder
Sergey Brin – Google
Travis Kalanick – Uber
Jan Koum – WhatsApp
Max Levchin – PayPal
Mike Kreiger – Instagram
Arash Ferdowsi – Dropbox
Andrew Grove – Intel
Phil Libin – Evernote
Pierre Omdiyar – Ebay
Jerry Yang – Yahoo
Sanjey Mehtora – SanDisk
Andrew Viterbi – Qualcomm
Ray Kroc – McDonalds
William Colgate – Colgate

Tomer London – Gusto
Patrick Collison – Stripe
Ragy Thomas – Sprinklr
Christian Gheorghe – Tidemark
Renaud Visage – Eventbrite
Igor Sikorsky – First American Helicopter
Charles Wang – Computer Associates
Adam Neumann – WeWork
Nine of Our Founding Fathers
Nigel Morris – Capital One Financial Services
Alexander Graham Bell – AT & T
William Russell Grace – WR Grace and Company
John W. Nordstrom – Nordstrom
Helena Rubinstein – Helena Rubinstein Incorporated
Marcelo Claure – Brightstar
Daniel Aaron – Comcast Television Company
Gary Vaynerchuk – Vayner Media
Renaud Laplanche – Lending Club
Samuel Sachs & Marcus Goldman – Goldman Sachs
Dhiraj Rajaram – Mu Sigma Inc
Noubar Afeyan – Joule Unlimited
William Procter – Procter & Gamble Co.
Mario Schlosser – Oscar Health
John Collison – Stripe
Tien Tzou – Zuora
Elizabeth Arden – Elizabeth Arden, Inc.
Ayah Bdeir – littleBits
Liz Clairborne – Liz Clairborne Inc
Charles Pfizer – Pfizer
William Mow – Bugle Boy Industries
K.R. Sridhar – Bloom Energy
Ben Huh – Cheezburger
James L. Kraft – Kraft
Andy Bechtolsheim & Vinod Khosla – Sun Microsystems
Peter Weijmarshausen – Shapeways
Maxwell Kohl – Khol’s
Michelle Zatlyn – CloudFlare
Nathan Cummings – Sara Lee
Kevork Hovnanian – Hovanian Enterprises
Phil Jaber – Philz Coffee
Iqram Magdon-Ismail – Venmo
Jeong Kim – Yurie Systems
E.I Du Pont – DuPont
Andrew Carnegie – Carnegie Steel Company
James Gamble – Procter & Gamble Co.
Beto Perez – Founder of Zumba
Alexander Asseily – Jawbone
Chamath Palihapitiya – Social Capital
Arianna Huffington – The Huffington Post

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Cem Akbulut
Developing web apps and making IM less complicated for people. Besides, I love blogging about tech.
  • wda

    Steve Jobs, born February 24, 1955, San Francisco, CA.

    • Hmm, actually Steve’s Syrian refugee father is the reason he was born in US. It’d be a mistake if we ignore this fact I guess.

  • wda

    Ray Kroc October 5, 1902, Oak Park, IL