I stayed in a rented basement and lived on free coffee and snacks at the office and combined my lunch and dinner into one meal a day: a McFish burger.
Every day, for the next four months. By the time I was done, I walked away with three research papers
(one of my most productive academic stints) and a noticeably weakened body.
The research work done in Sweden, led to another research job in Europe (this time paid!) which led to my admission to Princeton for my PhD. I met my co-founder, Ryan Shea
, at Princeton and our startup
got accepted at Y Combinator. Now, I'm proud to say that we're creating jobs in the US. Paul Graham's essay made me think about all the other programmers and engineers out there who'd happily go through hardships to move here.
Why are we keeping our gates closed to them? They will not keep knocking forever and start moving to a tech hub that's immigration-friendly.