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Lessons from an Indian-origin investment honcho who weathered H-1B curbs years ago

A graduating student of the CCNY wears a message on his cap during the College's commencement ceremony in the Harlem section of Manhattan, New York
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What now?
  • Ananya Bhattacharya
By Ananya Bhattacharya

Tech reporter


Donald Trump’s decision to suspend H-1B visas this year could be the end of the American dream for the over 202,000 Indian students in the US. But don’t throw in the towel just yet, says Anu Hariharan, a partner at early-stage startup investment major Y Combinator.

A graduate of the prestigious Wharton Business School, the Indian-origin software engineer-turned-startup investor has previously worked at Andreessen Horowitz and Boston Consulting Group in the US.

“I graduated in 2001, 2004 and 2009, and experienced some difficulty with my H-1B,” she wrote on Twitter. “This is not going to be easy and it will take an incredible amount of effort to find a job. In 2001, I was still in India right when the recession hit. Most companies stopped hiring and for every open position there were literally thousands of engineers applying.”

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