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What you will do

Community & event management

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Portfolio Support


Unshackled’s Newest Investment Analyst!

By Maria Salamanca

From our first interaction with E’mani our team was inspired by her deep passion to bridge the gap between what she saw in her community in SF and the rest of the tech world around it. There was a line from our first conversation that stood out from many other candidates and which resembled our team values, she said: “I don’t find a lot of use in being anti-money or anti-power. I am more driven by understanding the problems these two can solve for the communities I care about.” …


And wants to invest in interactive media, gaming and new social medias.

By Maria Salamanca

Faye (left) with Aagya, CEO and co-founder of Aavia, in their natural habitat.

I can’t believe it has already been a year since Faye joined our team. Some of this is due to the warped world of COVID but most of it is that she hit the ground running from day one. I don’t say this lightly, but I am certain in Faye we have one of the most incredible consumer investors in the industry. She has shown us an amazing combination of: out of the box thinking, operator hustle, and thoughtful optimism. In just a year, she…


(Updated January 2021)

We started Unshackled Ventures in 2014 with a single mission: help immigrant founders succeed faster. Over these years, while our mission remains the same, our strategy has evolved, our portfolio and fund size have grown, and we have learned a lot. The goal of this post is to layout our latest thinking of what we are most likely to invest in and help entrepreneurs qualify if we are the right partners for them

People

We invest in people. It sounds cliché, but it is the truth. At the time of most of our investments, the only thing that…


A Q&A with Unshackled’s Immigration Lawyer, Michael Serotte

Written and curated by Unshackled Fellow, Linda Ye

Last month, we invited our very own Michael Serotte, Founding Partner at Serotte Law Firm and immigration lawyer of 25+ years, to chat with our Roundtable cohort of future immigrant founders and help demystify the process for starting a company on a visa.

The biggest takeaway was that your immigration status should not preclude you from starting your company.


Welcome Class of 2020/1!

There can be no doubt: the impact of COVID-19 on student expectations and experiences has been extensive. According to a November 2020 study, 13% of students delayed graduation, 40% lost a job, internship, or offer, and 29% expect to earn less at 35 (years old) due to the pandemic. Understanding the current complex and uncertain state of education and work experience, we wanted to offer a program for trailblazing students (regardless of their location) that provides deep insights into venture capital and hands-on operator experience to contribute to their career development post-school. The Unshackled Fellowship 3.0…


Unshackled’s Newest Investment Analyst

The Unshackled team has had the pleasure of working with Faye since the beginning of this year. We have been blown away by her interactions with our founders, her enthusiasm for tech, and her endless curiosity about some of the most exciting spaces in our industry. We encountered several immigration (and COVID) hurdles to figure out how we could get her on our team. Considering this is one of our Superpowers we did everything we could and can finally say she is a full-time investment team member! …


We’re launching our Unshackled Roundtable 2.0 for future immigrant founders!

We all heard Marc Andreessen’s call “It’s time to build” but for many visionary immigrants with visas tied to their employment, it’s not so simple. For the past 5 years, Unshackled Ventures has worked to alleviate this pain point, by supporting operators to make their leap into entrepreneurship, regardless of the letter (H,TN,E,J,L) in front of their visa. We consider it our honor to help these brilliant minds realize their potential in the U.S. …


We chat with some of our alumni to get the scoop on the Unshackled Fellowship

From left to right: Jad, Jad’s co-founder Brandon, Lily, Prim and Hari

We launched our University Fellowship 3.0 last week, and have been incredibly humbled by the number of applications received from all corners of the globe. For those students out there still deliberating on whether to apply, we thought we’d introduce Lily, Jad, Hari and Prim, our Fellow Alumni, to chat more about working with Unshackled and how the experience has shaped their next career moves.

Ready to apply to Fellowship 3.0? Tap this link or feel free to share with those who might have interest!

What did you enjoy most about the Unshackled experience?


Are you a current University student who is either looking to start a company, join a high growth startup or learn more about VC investing? We’d love to hear from you.

This year at Unshackled we are stepping up even more for immigrants. You will have heard us say that we believe the American university system is this country’s Ellis Island. Now we want to go one step further to help immigrant students and entrepreneurs.

In these unprecedented times, we’ve seen how COVID-19 has left many students without internships, even facing the prospect of uprooting their U.S. lives (and dreams)…

Unshackled Ventures

An early stage venture fund for immigrant-founded startups

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