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That's very encouraging. I'd like to ask, what kind of extraordinary abilities are behind these cool-companies and their owners (employment, investment capability)?

It's a mix but some investments by investors (as opposed to family and friends) is important and also really that the product developed/being developed is interesting and grabs the attention of the adjudicator.

Outside funding can definitely be framed as a "prize or award," and in fact, adjudicators are trained to recognize this.

Interestingly, the O-1 and EB-11 categories don't consider US labor issues at all, the way that other categories do. For example, the number of US jobs you create isn't relevant, except as evidence of your success. Neither is the question of whether you're in a shortage occupation, or whether an American is available to fill the position.

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