Startup led by ex-Amazon manager and Obama tech policy guru raises $3.5M to navigate the ‘opaque, intimidating, and high-stakes’ immigration process
Boundless, a Seattle startup that aims to help people navigate the U.S. immigration process, has come out of stealth mode and announced $3.5 million in seed financing.
The round was led by Trilogy Equity Partners, and Foundry Group, Founders’ Co-op, Two Sigma Ventures and a group of strategic angel investors also participated. Boundless, a spinout of Seattle-based startup studio Pioneer Square Labs, will use the cash infusion to build and launch its first products, grow its engineering team and foster partnerships.
Boundless’ co-founders boast major tech credentials and five of the company’s six staffers went through the immigration process themselves.
In February, Boundless CEO Xiao Wang left his job as a senior product manager at Amazon, where he helped build and launch Amazon Go, the Seattle retailer’s ambitious new convenience store operation to co-found and run Boundless. Wang came to the U.S. from Nanjing, China at three and went on to earn advanced degrees from Stanford and Harvard Business School before jumping into leadership roles in tech. He co-founded Boundless to ensure immigrants, like himself, have access to the same opportunities he had.
Boundless’ co-founders include President Doug Rand, who was assistant director for entrepreneurship in the Obama White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy, and Chief Technology Officer Serdar Sutay. Sutay is an immigrant from Turkey, and he has led engineering teams at Chef and Microsoft.
Boundless is working on its first product, which is focused on family immigration issues. It will emphasize helping U.S. citizens and Green Card holders apply for visas for their spouses. Prior to launching its first product, Boundless is looking to work with individuals and families in the Seattle area going through the spousal visa process.
“The immigration process is opaque, intimidating, and high-stakes,” Wang said. “As an immigrant, I know how frustrating the waiting process can be, particularly when your family’s future is on the line. I am dedicated to giving everyone the information and tools they need to confidently and successfully navigate the legal immigration process.”
Boundless comes as President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, including stalled travel bans from some majority Muslim countries, and possible changes to the H1-B work visa program, are sending shockwaves of anxiety through the tech community, which relies on a diverse talent pool.
Boundless is Pioneer Square Labs’ fourth spinout. PSL previously spun out sales tax reporting startup LumaTax, an advertisement monitoring company called Ad Lightning, and JetClosing, which digitally streamlines the real estate purchasing process.