Feb 2, 2016 On Our Blog

Inside the 500 Accelerator, Weeks 1 & 2: Content, Progress, & the Original Name for 500 Startups

This is the 2nd post in a weekly series from founder Troy Sultan and his team at Resource, currently a part of 500 Accelerator Batch 16.  Troy will be documenting Resource’s trials and wins throughout Batch 16, so you’ll get an (only mildly censored) look behind the scenes at the 500 Accelerator.  We interviewed for 500 in December, and during the month between the interview and our start date, we heard many opinions on how much value 500 might bring to our company. Not all of them were positive. My hope for this series is to be open and honest, even if that means sharing the uncomfortable. With that, I’ll admit we likely wouldn’t be a part of 500 today had …


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Feb 1, 2016 On Our Blog

Marketing Hell Week is Here [DAY 1]

Marketing Hell Week is HERE. Today’s guest post comes from Marshall Darr, a founder who’s helping us pull off our most complex — yet elegant — choreography of a growth marketing crash course ever created. Read on to see the full schedule of material, and find out how to grab it for yourself. There’s a chance I’m in way over my head. The past few months have been a bit of a whirlwind, concluding with me sitting in an empty auditorium at 500 Startups as the firm’s Batch 16 gears up for one of the most intense weeks at one of the most intense startup accelerators in the world. For this one week, I’m going to be joining them. Saying I’m new …


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Jan 27, 2016 On Our Blog

Announcing Batch 16 — 500’s Largest Cohort EVARRRRR!

500 Startups is proud to bring you Batch 16, the largest accelerator cohort in 500 Startups history with 53 companies in total. Batch 16 has five major industry themes: FinTech Digital Health ViceTech HR/workforce development SportsTech A majority of the Batch 16 companies are later-stage seed companies making between $10,000 and $100,000 per month in revenue. As has been the case with recent batches in the 500 Startups accelerator, they will focus on distribution and fundraising. Diversity of the accelerator company founders remains strong: 26% of Batch 16 have at least one female founder and 32% are from outside Silicon Valley or the U.S. States represented include: Minnesota North Carolina Pennsylvania Iowa Florida District of Columbia Indiana Massachusetts New York …


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Jan 22, 2016 On Our Blog

Countdown to Venture Capital Unlocked – 4 spots left

Its T minus 2 weeks until our next session of Venture Capital Unlocked: Secrets of Silicon Valley Investing. We are currently in the final stages of selecting participants for our joint program with the Stanford Center for Professional Development that runs Feb 8th – 19th. As of now, there are only four spots left (apply here.) Speaker List   Our visiting instructor and speaker list so far includes: Mark Suster (Upfront Ventures) David Hornik (August Capital) Judith Elsea (Weathergage Capital) Tim Draper (Draper Fisher Jurvetson) Jason Calacanis (Launch, Inside.com) Aydin Senkut (Felicis Ventures) Jeff Clavier (SoftTech VC) and many others Speakers will be opening up to program participants about the challenges they’ve faced in early stage tech investing, including how to access to …


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Jan 19, 2016 On Our Blog

Announcing Distro Dojo Malaysia 2016

Growth marketing is about to blow up Southeast Asia — again.

500 Distro’s 10 week Distro Dojo growth program for post-seed companies is now accepting applications for the Spring 2016 cohort in Kuala Lumpur, from March 1 through May 15. More on how startups can apply here.


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Jan 6, 2016 On Our Blog

Where Are They Now?

We’re excited to announce the return of our flagship VC training program, Venture Capital Unlocked: Secrets of Silicon Valley Investing (formerly called IGSVI). 500 Startups, in partnership with the Stanford Center for Professional Development, will be once again running this popular two-week program. In this program, individuals will learn 500s investment playbook and gain firsthand access to world-famous Silicon Valley VCs, Angels, SV startups and entrepreneurs (including 500’s portfolio). This session will run from February 8-19, 2016. For more information and to apply, please visit: 500.vc/apply 500 Diversity Scholarship We’re pleased to announce that we will be offering several 12K scholarships to selected investors from backgrounds that have been traditionally underrepresented in venture capital, including women and candidates from diverse …


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Dec 29, 2015 On Our Blog

Where Are They Now?

We’re excited to announce the return of our flagship VC training program, Venture Capital Unlocked: Secrets of Silicon Valley Investing (formerly called IGSVI). 500 Startups, in partnership with the Stanford Center for Professional Development, will be once again running this popular two-week program. In this program, individuals will learn 500s investment playbook and gain firsthand access to world-famous Silicon Valley VCs, Angels, SV startups and entrepreneurs (including 500’s portfolio). This session will run from February 8-19, 2016. For more information and to apply, please visit: 500.vc/apply 500 Diversity Scholarship We’re pleased to announce that we will be offering several 12K scholarships to selected investors from backgrounds that have been traditionally underrepresented in venture capital, including women and candidates from diverse …


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Dec 22, 2015 On Our Blog

Anti-Predictions for Tech in 2016 from 500 Startups

As we close another big year in tech it’s a time honored tradition to take a moment to reflect. Not on the year past of course. In this industry it’s actually too dangerous to look behind you. So instead the venture community likes to make bold visionary-like predictions for what’s to happen next year. While we are almost never right about this stuff that doesn’t stop us from cranking out these prediction posts. Of course here at 500 we do things a little bit different. To that end, we’re happy to present the 500 Startups 2016 anti-predictions for tech. Basically a few predictions that are never going to f*cking happen. Although it would be pretty cool if they did. Twitter …


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Dec 22, 2015 On Our Blog

One Email, One CTA

Growth is life and life is growth, aka what email marketing taught me about life outside the inbox. When you think about growth all day long, and have a practice of yoga and meditation, it’s natural to start drawing some parallels between marketing, and — life. (This is not going to turn into a Canva card, I promise.) The following post came out of the many conversations I’ve had in “work” and in “life” (to me, a continuum), where I find myself talking about growth in one area, only to say “It’s just like in… [the other area].” You don’t grow your business without some inevitable takeaways for growth in your life. If you don’t see it, maybe ur doin’ …


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Dec 21, 2015 On Our Blog

Where Are They Now?

(The first in a three part series catching up with past VC Unlocked participants. Find out how the program benefited them, as well as their best advice for those who are thinking of investing.)  We’re excited to announce the return of our flagship VC training program, Venture Capital Unlocked: Secrets of Silicon Valley Investing (formerly called IGSVI). 500 Startups, in partnership with the Stanford Center for Professional Development, will be once again running this popular two-week course. In this course, individuals will learn 500s investment playbook and gain firsthand access to world-famous Silicon Valley VCs, Angels, SV startups and entrepreneurs (including 500’s portfolio). This session will run from February 8-19, 2016. For more information and to apply, please visit: 500.vc/apply In …


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