“Hey, what’s that thing you used to verify email sender?”

“Which of you has used this b2b sales automation tool?”

“What’s the best way to SMS-based referrals with this 10k list?”

Today, we’re thrilled to announce 500 GROWTH TALKS, a members-only Slack for early stage startup growth.


A membership-protected community connecting growth marketing mentors and startup founders over Slack.

Think of Growth Talks as a growth advisory board at your fingertips.

Growth Talks gives founders exclusive access to experts who’ve defined the growth category, including Sean Ellis, Andrew Chen, Aaron Batalion, and of course 500 Distro.

It’s open at ZERO COST to 500 founders, but it’s application-gated. This helps us make sure participating founders are ready to take on a growth mindset, and ensures that we don’t waste our mentors’ time with low-value pings.

500 Growth Talks will also be available as a premium subscription to qualifying founders outside of the 500 portfolio at a membership cost of $99 monthly. 


Growth Talks isn’t an internet marketing forum to talk about aspirational info schemes, or how to game the next affiliate system (with all due respect to my people making mad cash in the internet marketing world). 

Instead, we’ve created Growth Talks to make it possible for early stage founders to learn from top growth marketers actually running experiments and doing growth for early stage companies.

500 Growth Talks is a place to bring specific questions about the growth experiments you’re spending time and money on right now.


500 Growth Talks lives on Slack.

The 500 Growth Talks Slack features channels organized by growth topic, and works just like any Slack account — you can opt in to notifications for any topic channel that’s relevant to you.


  1. 500 founders who are already running growth experiments with dedicated growth staffing (this can be the founder themselves), and who are looking for that extra, outside “sanity check” — from the top growth marketers in the world.
  1. Founders outside of the 500 family with hard questions, no answers, and who are looking to get in on the 500 Distro experience.


  1. APPLY to 500 Growth Talks at http://growthtalks.com/application  SIGN UP at no cost until midnight PST November 30th at 
  1. We’ll let you know once your application has been approved, and you’ll get all your access info from there.

500 Growth Talks is totally free to 500 founders (public membership rate $99 / mo). If you’re a 500 founder, past or present, you can get no-cost access to Growth Talks anytime, but remember — you gotta apply.

We want to help you grow, and most of all, we want you to stop sending us one-off emails that could help tons of other founders just like you.

No more wasted time or $ — APPLY NOW.  SIGN UP NOW UNTIL NOV 30th.