500 Startups is an early-stage venture fund and seed accelerator founded by Dave McClure and Christine Tsai in 2010. The fund admitted a first "class" of twelve startups to its incubator office in Mountain View, California in February, 2011. They expanded to a second class of 21 in June 2011 and a third class of 34 in October 2011.

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  • Investing in Southeast Asian Startup Creates Social Impact in the Region

    As part of the 500 Startups Durian’s fund, we often see first-hand how investing in Southeast Asia, a developing region, can play a core role in a region’s development and change. We were reminded of this recently when one of our startups, GoGet, a portfolio company since 2015 (and 2016 distro dojo program graduate), told us of an encounter they had with the Malaysian government. GoGet is a servic...

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  • Why We Love the World’s Startup Underdogs

    Several of us at 500 are matching donations to Gaza Sky Geeks until January 27. If you would like to support Gaza Sky Geeks, donate at www.powerupgazageeks.com to help them keep the lights on and launch Gaza’s first coding academy. Here’s why we’re supporting.   We’re countercultural investors at 500 Startups.  We became the most active seed-stage investor in the world (1600+ companies and countin...

  • 7 Design Thinking Tips to Improve Your Startup Growth

    Below is a collection of my tips and feedback from a creative branding workshop I led during the most recent 500 Startups’ seed accelerator program, Batch 19. The goal was to teach startups to apply design thinking methods to improve their UX/UI , and thus increase user acquisition and market growth. Did you know the human attention span is shorter than a goldfish’s? [Fun Fact about Attention Span...

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  • Announcing: 500’s Women Invest Initiative

    500 Startups has always been in the business of challenging conventional wisdom in the venture capital industry. Since our inception, we’ve focused on taking our expertise wherever there is talent. That’s taken us to some flung corners of the earth and compelled us to look in oft-overlooked places in our own communities. We’ve baked this diversity into our DNA, trying our hardest to be champions o...

  • What does unconscious bias mean for entrepreneurs, investors, and the tech community?

    Guest blogger – Rory Gerberg, Partner at Refound Bias at work Every second your brain is flooded with 11 million bits of information, but it can only process 40 bits consciously. To cope, the brain uses mental shortcuts to instantly identify which 40 to notice and remember. These mental shortcuts function like a newsfeed algorithm that filters your lived reality: there’s way too much information o...

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  • Can Muslims in Tech Fight Rising Islamophobia in the United States?

    Guest blogger – Dustin Craun, Founder and CEO of Life Beyond Borders As we enter a new political era built on a combination of misogyny, racism, and fear-based politics, I think of an unlikely hero, Muslims in tech. Muslims in tech in the United States and around the world is one of the biggest stories not being told. Muslim technological talent, founders, and venture capitalists play a central ro...

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  • Are there ghosts in your convertible notes?

    Guest blogger – Adam Sterling is the executive director of the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy, co-founder of Startup@BerkeleyLaw, and a former venture capital and startup attorney. Are you investing in convertible notes or securities? Do you know what a phantom liquidation preference is? Did you know it could cost you hundreds of thousands of dollars? Let’s illustrate how with a...

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  • What the World Could Look Like in 2040

    “The best way to build the future is to create it” the quote from Peter Drucker best explains Singularity Universities vision for the world of tomorrow. Earlier last month I had the opportunity to attend Singularity University’s demo day at NASA in Silicon Valley. SU is a global community and accelerator that uses the phrase ‘exponential’ to describe the focus of their entrepreneurs who take part ...

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  • Turbo Charging Growth: 500 Partners with GM

    After 19 batches since 2010, we’ve seen our companies experience the impact of strong mentorship. Today, 500 Startups, is announcing a Seed Program collaboration between General Motors and 500 focused right here in Silicon Valley as an effort to continually evolve and heighten our programs. Our first corporate partner track aligns with GM’s vision to be innovative, autonomous, connected, electrifi...

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  • WMD ’16: Post-Conference Q&A with Casey Winters

    Guest blogger – Casey Winters, Growth Advisor to Pocket, Airbnb, Darby Smart; Former Growth Lead at Pinterest & GrubHub The below article is comprised of audience questions asked to Casey Winters during his presentation at Weapons of Mass Distribution 2016. Casey took the time to answer the questions in detail post-conference.   How do you personalize emails across all the metrics you recommended ...

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  • #AnotherOne: 500 Startups Announces Batch 19

    It’s that time again! Announcing our latest Mountain View cohort, Batch 19, with 44 companies.   Earlier this year, we experimented with vertical tracks to be able to provide greater value to companies, in particular, categories of interest.  These tracks have allowed companies to receive additional categorical mentoring and networking opportunities.  This year at 500 Startups, we’ve held speciali...

  • The Artist Formerly Known As Accelerator

    When Christine and I started 500 Startups six years ago, we knew we wanted to run an investment program for startups that emphasized community and education. We had long been inspired by other earlier programs such as YCombinator, TechStars, and SeedCamp. However, we had a new approach and perspective, and wanted to create our own VC firm + accelerator with a decidedly different vibe and experienc...

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  • WMD ’16: Post-Conference Q&A with Brian Balfour

    Below are questions asked to Brian Balfour, Founder & CEO Reforge, by audience members at Weapons of Mass Distribution 2016. Brian took the time to answer these questions post-conference. His responses are below.  Guest Blogger – Brian Balfour, Founder & CEO, Reforge   “How do you determine your platform?” One of the most powerful things I’ve done in my career is built my blog.  The blog acts as a...

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  • Venture Capital Unlocked: Deal Camp Yields 100% Satisfaction

    Our inaugural class of Venture Capital Unlocked: Deal Camp ran from October 17- 21, 2016. With a NPS score of 100, we’re happy to tout our success. For those who missed it, don’t worry, we’ll be running the course again February 7-10, 2017. Created in collaboration with UC Berkeley’s Center for Law, Business and the Economy, Deal Camp was laser-focused on investment practices related to the most i...

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  • The Yin & Yang of Marketing and Innovation

    Guest Blogger – Jascha Kaykas-Wolff, Chief Marketing Officer Mozilla  “Business has only two functions—marketing and innovation.” I have heard this quotation attributed to Peter Drucker, a.k.a. “the father of business consulting” (talk about a guy with some dubious children), as well as Czech novelistMilan Kundera. Citations for Drucker usually extend the quotation, adding, “All the rest are costs...

  • 500 Startups Announces 18 New Investments in Latin America

    Today we are announcing our newest LatAm Accelerator Batch, a program based in Mexico City which focuses on startups in LatAm and Spanish speaking regions. This is our 6th LatAm batch and we’ve invested in 91 companies to date through the program. Alongside this news, we’ve also opened a new LatAm HQ in Mexico City with an expanded team! After receiving over 408 applications for the current LatAm ...

  • 500 Startups Brings Distro Dojo to Berlin!

    For the first time ever, 500 Startups is running its highly selective “Distro Dojo” growth hacking program in Berlin. The three-month intensive growth marketing program for Pre-Series-A companies started in September with six startups. The program is hosted at hub:raum with sponsorship from Deutsche Telekom. The program will focus on: Teaching a scientific growth process Creating a marketing exper...

  • Hooks: An Intro on How to Manufacture Desire

    Guest Blogger – Nir Eyal, Author “Hooked: How yo Build Habit-Forming Products” Type the name of almost any successful consumer web company into your search bar and add the word “addict” after it. Go ahead, I’ll wait. Try “Facebook addict” or “Twitter addict” or even “Pinterest addict” and you’ll soon get a slew of results from hooked users and observers deriding the narcotic-like properties of the...

  • 500 Startups Doubles Down on Durians: New $50M Fund II for Southeast Asia

    Currently, 1/4 of our Southeast Asia portfolio companies have raised > $2 Billion US dollars for further growth, and none of them have shut down. Our thesis being that some of these companies will grow to be Southeast Asia’s next generation of startup success stories. The return of the King (of fruits) Our second fund, 500 Durians II, builds on this momentum. We target to raise a $50M* fund to inv...

  • The 4 Components of a Winning Direct Mail Campaign

    Direct mail is part science, part art—there is no single best solution. Innovative technologies allow us to customize mail in new ways, and the USPS continually changes rates (usually raising them) and rules. However, a couple of things stay constant: Any direct mail campaign will include the four key components of list, offer, creative, and delivery. And at every stage, consistently A/B testing w...

  • 500 Startups Office Hours @ Startup Istanbul

    500 Startups will be full force with 4 partners at Startup Istanbul between 6th-10th of October. The tech conference will gather 500 startups and 4,000 attendees; along with prominent investors from all over the world. 50 selected startups will pitch to a jury of investors; and 15 of them will get to be on stage during the final day.   500 will be present at the event, with team members coming fro...

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  • 10 Ways to Make Your Video Go Viral

    I almost didn’t write this post. Because I wanted to keep the magic behind my viral video to myself. Because of my ego. Because I would have loved to brag that I just sat back and it took off on its own. But that’s not what happened. I did a ton of marketing, and it started long before the video was released. Going viral was not an accident — it was work. I tried a lot of things. This is what work...

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  • The Smart Investors’ Toolkit: 12 Resources to Invest Better

    The third session of our flagship venture capital investor program, Venture Capital Unlocked: Secrets of Silicon Valley Investing run in conjunction with Stanford’s Center for Professional Development wrapped up almost a month ago. With investors hailing from 6 continents and 40% of the class composed of female investors, it’s our most diverse class yet. Whether novices or seasoned professionals, ...

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