Our mission at 500 has always been the same: kick ass, take names, and change the world by helping awesome startups succeed.

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We’re crazy diverse, and that’s just how we like it – our startups hail from places like Mexico and Korea, as do the founders behind them and the team that works from 500 Startups’ secret lair in Mountain View.

The #500Strong team is more than just a seed fund and accelerator (ps, apply for the spring 2013 batch if you haven’t already) – we’re a global family of mentors, friends, investors, and teammates who help each other, push each other to succeed, and make f’n amazing sh!t happen. We also occasionally go out for epic, all-night karaoke sessions together, but that’s just on the side.

Over the next few weeks, we’re going give you a glimpse into what goes on behind the scenes at 500 – who we are, who our companies are, what makes us tick, and what investment themes get us hot and bothered (even when others think they’re boring or unsexy). This will give you an idea of all the amazing stuff the #500Strong family is doing all over the globe, so keep your eyes on the blog over the next month for new content every day!