Greenhandshake: Start-up supports millions of immigrants in the US –

Greenhandshake ICTNews.vnICTnews: There have been many activities supporting immigrants in the US are deployed through websites, social networks. Greenhandshake is being rated as one of the most effective tools to support millions of immigrants. The founder of this start-up is Son Hoang Nguyen, a former international students who came to the US in 2009, alone.

Greenhandshake is an effective tool for millions of immigrants throughout the US

It is estimated that every year more than 1 million immigrants and 900,000 students come to the United States. Many people are having problems with the visa procedures, school advising, or airport transportation. Typically, immigrants learn about America from online forums via Internet, social networks, or through the services of a consulting firm. However, information on forums and social networks, like Facebook, often get a lot of answers which are hardly authentic, and consulting firms or consulting services charge fees that are way too high.

Being a former student who traveled alone to the US to study in 2009, Son Hoang Nguyen understands all of the potential difficulties others may face. The start-up technology model officially deployed operations in December 2014, by Son Hoang Nguyen, to connect the expatriate community living in the US, with immigrant people coming from all over the world.

Talking to ICTnews, Son Hoang Nguyen, founder of start-up Greenhandshake said, “Greenhandshake operates on a shared economic model. The ones who need assistance can post their information with a certain fee. People who have the ability to help, may bid for the implementation of the aid charge. This type is new in Vietnam and abroad. But there are companies that have been particularly successful with this model such as Uber and Airbnb. Before starting the work, I have carefully analyzed the strengths of the model when applied to the idea of Greenhandshake.”

“This is the new technology targeting to the community from all the world who enter the US. And the first task of Greenhandshake will be an effective tool for the overseas Vietnamese community in Vietnam,” Nguyen Hoang Son shared.

Greenhandshake has been appreciated, because every year in the US there are thousands of new ideas born to serve everyone. However, there has been no product-specific technology that supports the immigrant community, whether those immigrants are Americans and they are sensitive subjects, or they are the ones who need help the most.

Great development potential of a start-up

Son Hoang Nguyen received his bachelor’s degree in Informatics and Computer Engineering at the Russian State Technological University. He then moved to the US to obtain a Master’s in Business Administration specializing in Management Information Technology (IT Management). Following that, he worked for a short period of time to develop a single-product technology with Harvard University. But what drives Son Hoang Nguyen is the business and economic model, rather than pure technology.

When embarking on project Greenhandshake, Son Hoang Nguyen soon realized that the technology was not the problem, but the main problem was financial capability. Initially, Son went to the US company’s IT department to seek their support, but they required a large investment for a start-up project. Son returned to Vietnam to seek support in the hope of reducing the initial cost. However, the small IT companies in Vietnam did not want to take the risk of a new project that fond of processing products which was already available or copy a similar product on the market. But little bigger companies are being paid higher than the actual price. Finally, Son was able to obtain affordable support from an Indian team, and was able to risk pursuing projects from ground-zero, and repair or rework until he was able to find a solution for his start-up.

So far, Greenhandshake has gathered more than 1,000 members in over 50 overseas Vietnamese-American states, including Hawaii and Alaska. Eighty percent of the members are students from the student council at many universities across America.

“On average, every month receives 10 requests for assistance. Who need help the most are the people in Vietnam over the US as a preparation for study and to settle down. With the current capacity, the ability to meet to support the proposal of the members is approximately 35-40% of the posts. Greenhandshake has versions for mobile. And depending on the level of development, the latter would switch to the application (app),” Son Hoang Nguyen said.

In the context of people moving between countries with more and more frequency, projects supporting immigrants are expected to become one segment of potential for business projects, especially models starting a business. And Greenhandshake will continue to be further improved to increase its capacity to meet the needs of the market.

“Around the end of September, 2015, Greenhandshake will complete the Vietnamese version and began officially promoting in Vietnam. Quite a lot people in Vietnam consider Greenhandshake as a good project; however, they complain that the current English language is still confusing. After expanding in the local market, the Greenhandshake model will be developed into 10 countries, which have the largest number of students who come to the US, especially the Asian countries, and have the same Vietnamese characteristics like China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan. Our dream is that Greenhandshake, which is a product of Vietnam, becomes the indispensable tool of US immigrants,”  Son Hoang Nguyen shared.

Greenhandshake is composed of two words: “green” and “handshake”. In particular, “green” refers to the color green, a symbol of youth and hope, as well as immigrants in America know the Green Card as a symbol of freedom;  and “handshake”, which symbolizes cooperation.

Binh Minh – Reporter of

(Translated by Thanh Bui)