Startup led by ex-Amazon manager and Obama tech policy guru raises $3.5M to navigate the ‘opaque, intimidating, and high-stakes’ immigration process

Credit: geekwire.com

The Boundless team. (Boundless Photo)

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 CEO Xiao Wang. (Boundless Photo)

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.


Top Stories

Doctor Who review: Bill and the Timelord must grin and bear it in Smile

“There’s a giant smiley abattoir, and I’m having this childish impulse to blow it up.”
  • 1 day ago
  • 13

Watch ‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye’s epic defense of science at ‘March for Science’ in Washington, D.C.

Bill Nye “the Science Guy,” the television personality and former Boeing engineer who got his start in Seattle TV sketch comedy, gave a rousing speech in defense of science at the March for Science today in Washington, D.C. — to the traditional chant of “Bill, Bill, Bill, Bill!” from the crowd. Watch his address above and continue reading for a transcript. Bill Nye, Planetary Society CEO and host of “Bill Nye Saves The World.” Greetings, greetings, follow citizens! We are marching today to remind people everywhere — our lawmakers, especially — of the significance of science for our health and prosperity. The process of science… Read More
  • 1 day ago
  • 4

‘Watch your back, Jeff Bezos’: Amazon sparks laughs on HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ season premiere

HBO’s “Silicon Valley” comedy series presents a California-centric view of how tech is done (and undone), but Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Seattle-based Amazon Web Services came in for satirical shout-outs in Sunday night’s season premiere. The show centers on the travails of a startup called Pied Piper, often suffered at the hands of Hooli, a monolithic Google-like company. As the season’s first episode begins, Pied Piper is pivoting from the data compression and storage business to video chat – specifically, a miraculous smartphone app called PiperChat that can conference an unlimited number of video users at the same time, with… Read More
  • 2 hours ago
  • 4

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of April 16, 2017

See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of April 16, 2017.… Read More
  • 18 hours ago
  • 4

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of April 16, 2017

See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of April 16, 2017.… Read More
  • 18 hours ago
  • 4
farawayyachtingcharters - Easy Branches
botoxfillerveintheraphyinphuket - Easy Branches

Latest in Technology

‘Watch your back, Jeff Bezos’: Amazon sparks laughs on HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’ season premiere

HBO’s “Silicon Valley” comedy series presents a California-centric view of how tech is done (and undone), but Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Seattle-based Amazon Web Services came in for satirical shout-outs in Sunday night’s season premiere. The show centers on the travails of a startup called Pied Piper, often suffered at the hands of Hooli, a monolithic Google-like company. As the season’s first episode begins, Pied Piper is pivoting from the data compression and storage business to video chat – specifically, a miraculous smartphone app called PiperChat that can conference an unlimited number of video users at the same time, with… Read More
  • 2 hours ago

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of April 16, 2017

See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of April 16, 2017.… Read More
  • 18 hours ago

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of April 16, 2017

See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of April 16, 2017.… Read More
  • 18 hours ago

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of April 16, 2017

See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of April 16, 2017.… Read More
  • 18 hours ago

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of April 16, 2017

See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of April 16, 2017.… Read More
  • 18 hours ago

Week in Review: Most popular stories on GeekWire for the week of April 16, 2017

See the technology stories that people were reading on GeekWire for the week of April 16, 2017.… Read More
  • 18 hours ago

Doctor Who review: Bill and the Timelord must grin and bear it in Smile

“There’s a giant smiley abattoir, and I’m having this childish impulse to blow it up.”
  • 1 day ago

Scenes from the ‘other Washington’: D.C.’s March for Science sparks a chain reaction

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The scenery for the world’s most watched March for Science may have featured the political icons of the nation’s capital, but the weather was pure Seattle. Today’s rally brought thousands of people to the National Mall for hours’ worth of teach-ins and speeches, despite a Seattle-style drizzle. Bill Nye the Science Guy, a co-chair for the national March for Science movement, struck on the theme of the day when he noted that many policymakers in Washington and around the world were “deliberately and actively suppressing science.” He also noted the stereotypical view of scientists as detached nerds who dwell… Read More
  • 1 day ago

‘The oceans are rising and so are we.’ Photos, tweets, and more from Seattle’s March for Science

It’s a soggy Seattle Saturday but that didn’t deter thousands of activists from marching for climate research and sound science policy today. A huge assembly marched from Cal Anderson park in Capitol Hill to the International Fountain at Seattle Center, many chanting “the oceans are rising and so are we.” Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray came out to show their support. Seattle’s March for Science is one of countless events taking place across the country in honor of Earth Day. Many of the people bracing the fickle April elements are protesting President Trump’s actions related to climate change… Read More
  • 2 days ago

Week in Geek: Facebook tries telepathic typing, inside an Amazon greenhouse, and more

Are you ready to type with just your brain? Facebook revealed this week that it’s working with a team of more than 60 scientists around the world to develop what it calls a “silent speech” interface to decode human thoughts and convert them to text. We debate the potential benefits and risks of this futuristic technology on this episode of the Week in Geek, our weekly tech news podcast. In other news, Google parent Alphabet is looking for 10,000 volunteers around the world to share personal medical information over the course of four years. The goal is to get a big-picture look at human health and track possible… Read More
  • 2 days ago

This Week in Seattle: Mayoral race heats up with income tax proposals and new contenders

This week in Seattle: The mayoral race heats up; Scoop partners with the city to promote carpooling; Earth Day celebrations kick off; and Gov. Inslee calls for a special session. Seattle celebrates Earth Day like the nature freaks we are Happy Earth Day! There are events all around town today celebrating this gorgeous blue planet we call home. Champions of government-sponsored science research and policies that support those programs will March for Science at Cal Anderson Park. Local, sustainable food advocates should head over to MOHAI for the Edible City Science Fair. The Student Conservation Association is planning a day… Read More
  • 2 days ago

Russian man gets longest-ever US hacking sentence, 27 years in prison

Roman Seleznev bankrupted businesses, did $170 million in damage.
  • 2 days ago