Do you think L1 would be worthwhile in my case? Let's assume they are motivated to work with me but not a PhD or some other really specialized highly valued skill.
Well it takes a lot of papaerwork and good amount of money so you must really really want to help. If he/she is not dead set on US Canada is a ton simpler.
How much money all said and done to get them into US?
Would be hard to say you have to establish a subsidiary in their home country and after a year of employment at subsidiary you can transfer the person to US on L1. But they have to stay employed at your company to stay on L1.
Would COBRA be too much money to keep your current insurance?
This is actually a good idea for the first 18 months. The price is about the same but we'd get to keep our current medical/dental/vision providers. After 18 months your COBRA coverage ends. I'd need to figure something out by then, perhaps either my wife would change to full time job with benes or I'd bring on at least one employee to work with me. Thanks
NP prob will be in the same boat some time next year so keep us posted if you find good option after COBRA coverage ends :)
Well aside from actual App development you would need to develop the backend and given the functionality you are describing it will likely be the more time consuming part. You can use something modern like Kotlin to do both so you don't need to learn 2 languages
Well depends do you care to learn Swift or would you rather learn biz. skills.
I don't actually care to program at all. The money is in the business and marketing.
However, I am a nerd, I can program, I could program for free.
I'm just unsure if my self-taught programming for the last 11 years should go into production without having another brain constantly looking at it.
"The money is in the business and marketing" everything is relative (say someone very good at AI/ML can get 600K - 1M signup bonus) so any generalization is faulty. I guess main question would be (a) Do you actually like performing business and marketing functions (b) Can you do it well ?
Punch clock is good. You can setup security cameras which are attached to your mobile. You can access cameras from anywhere in the world. I use same in my office. Best part, you can even rotate the cameras from your mobile smart phone. You can find one on amazon..
This can be subject to various regulations so I would really check before doing something like that
Document all of your processes. This is really important at one level of abstraction you business is just a set of processes so having them documented well is really important plus the process of documenting them will force you to think about them and possibly find more optimal solutions.
Google had a very good idea PageRank and they actually were able to raise money and build a product now have they not been college buddies with Jerry Yang it's anyone guess how things would have turned out. So even if you have truly revolutionary idea and ability to raise capital and ability to execute having a network is still very important.
Suppliers of what? For many of the things they buy the number of suppliers is tiny if yo take Apple for phone CPU production Apple basically has 2 choices Samsung and/or TSMC. For wireless modem they have 3 potential suppliers MediaTek, Intel or Qualcomm etc.
This is what I feared would happen when I came to Reddit for advice hahahaha. Thanks for your help man :)
Don't get discouraged even if you build an app and it does not take off the time is not wasted you'll pickup valuable skills and start building your resume. Having a quality app in a portfolio at the very least will add 10-20K to your first job offer and can land you well paying gigs while you are studying.