Hi everyone, before we get started thanks to everyone for engaging here, this forum has been very helpful so far!
I’m a German national, Software engineer and currently run a SaaS tech company registered in the Germany and the US. We provide UI/UX specific software tools that are unique in the market with customers that reach from Fortune 500 companies to smaller startups. The company has generated significant revenue in the recent years (>$1M).
I’d like to apply for Exceptional Talent, but given the hard requirements I’m not sure if I meet the criteria.
I don’t have much personal presence online, most of the presence online is through the company itself without mentioning my name specifically. My contributions on GitHub to public repos aren’t as much and my posts on my blog and Medium are also not a lot. Throughout the last 5 years I have not spoken at any conference. The only thing: I’ve been interviewed by two podcasts.
It would be fairly easy for me to get Letters of Recommendations from customers that work at big Fortune 500 companies and have previously bought from us. Prior to my existing startup I worked as a Freelance Software Engineer. I may be able to get a LOR from my manager there too.
My question now is: Would it be possible to mainly base my application around the work at my current startup?
I have obviously lead a technology company the last 3 years, but how do I proof that and what will suffice as proof for that?
Also: Do you have any idea what will happen after Tech Nations ceases operations?
Thanks a lot for all your help already guys.