26 Jan SmartyPal is proud of its immigrant roots
Technical.ly Philly featured SmartyPal as one of the immigrant-founded tech companies in the Philadelphia area. As a company we think our far-flung roots are a source of strength in bringing out and mixing up the best ideas from across the globe. We are as proud of our global team as we are of helping to support education, innovation, and job growth in Philly, the place we choose to call home!
It looks like 2017 is going to be an interesting year for immigrants. Though your mind may have gone directly to Donald Trump’s rise to the presidency (you know, the one that asked companies to “hire American, buy American” in his inauguration speech, called Mexican immigrants “bad hombres” and proposed a ban on Muslim immigrants), we were actually thinking more about Philly’s clan of immigrant tech founders.
In times of great uncertainty for immigrants in the U.S., solace can be found in companies led by those born in another country. (Foreign-born — that’s what we mean in this list when we refer to “immigrants.” We’re not necessarily speaking to citizenship.) Working on spaces like wearable technology and health IT, this year will likely see us talk about these startups and what they’re up to. Many on our list are South Asian (that is, Indian or Pakistani)…
…Backed by an NSF grant for the development of their content enhancement platform, and having brought on exec Keith Gornish as CEO, it’s gearing up to be an interesting year for the company founded in 2013 by Prasanna Krishnan. Krishnan was born in Chennai, India, and came to the U.S. in 2000 to get her master’s degree in computer science.