Jan 29, 2011 On Our Blog

Can You Picture That?

This post was written by Alexa Andrzejewski, co-founder and CEO of Foodspotting (a 500 company). Based in San Francisco, Foodspotting is an interactive visual guide to good food and where to find it around you. Recently, Foodspotting announced that they raised $3MM in Series A funding. In building my first startup, Foodspotting, I’ve realized that I’ve been given an incredible gift: For the first time in my life as a User Experience designer, I’ve found that if I can picture something, my team can make it real. Coming from the consulting world, where my designs rarely saw the light of day, this newfound power has been refreshing. But with great power comes great responsibility, because I’ve also found the reverse to …


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Jan 28, 2011 On Our Blog

Spotlight on the 500 SuperMentor Network (Videos)

The SuperMentors of 500 Startups – we’ve revealed their true identities and their superpowers on this very blog. They’ve dished out their secret tips and war stories to entrepreneurs all around the world. Yet you’ve never seen them in action. That is all about to change. RIGHT NOW. Christine Tsai, the omnipotent Chief Pug Herder of the 500 SuperMentors, took some time out from her crazy schedule of herding pugs and fighting crime to shed some light on these amazing 500 SuperMentors. This never-before-seen video includes rare footage of an actual SuperMentor in his element – helping out one of our startups: But wait – there’s more! We convinced a few of our heroes to unveil their masks, remove their …


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Jan 28, 2011 On Our Blog

Join zozi and 500 Startups for Indoor Trampoline in San Francisco

A little shameless plug by Daniel Gruneberg, Co-Founder and VP of Business Development at zozi (a 500 company) We’ve always enjoyed a good reason to get an amazing group of people together. With that in mind, we’d like to extend a big “thank you” to the fine folks at Social Media Weekfor giving us a chance to do just this. As you may know, Social Media Week is dedicated to bringing people together to discuss all things social. This year SMW kicks off February 7th and runs through the 11th in cities around the world. We’re teaming up with 500 Startups and House of Air and inviting a bunch of geeks to an indoor trampoline park created from an old airplane hangar. Yes, there will be 11ft hoops …


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Jan 27, 2011 On Our Blog

Congrats Team CardMunch!

This post was written by 500 Mentor Manu Kumar and originally published on his blog at K9 Ventures. CardMunch announced today that it has been acquired by LinkedIn! The CardMunch acquisition marks the debut exit for K9 Ventures. A huge congratulations to the team: Bowei Gai, Sid Viswanathan, and Sudeep Yegnashankaran for having built an outstanding product, service and team, that attracted the attention of the world’s largest professional network. (Disclosure: I am a co-founder of CardMunch. K9 Ventures invested in CardMunch on “day zero” as K9’s first concept-stage investment, and up until the acquisition I served as the Chairman of the Board at CardMunch. So yes, I have a very biased view) When Bowei Gai, Sid Viswanathan, and I first met to discuss …


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Jan 26, 2011 On Our Blog

Getting to the Top of Google – Less Science, More Workflow

Meet Mandorallen (from the series Belgarion by David Eddings), aka 500 Founder John Straw. John is CEO and founder of Linkdex. Based in London, UK, Linkdex is going to disrupt the SEO space by providing a fully integrated suite of tools that for the first time allows SMB’s a real opportunity to get to the top of Google search results.  LinkDex recently won the eConsultancy Search Innovation 2011 Award. John is a digital marketing entrepreneur – with 4 marketing startups in 15 years and 3 profitable exits. Linkdex is the 4th and our VC’s have high hopes! If you’re like me and have decided to get fitter and lighter in 2011, you may have been told by your trainer that ANYONE …


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Jan 24, 2011 On Our Blog

What You Need To Know To Go International (US Version)

Meet European Girl, aka 500 Mentor Colette Ballou. Colette is the founder of Ballou PR, the smartest and sassiest public relations agency on either side of the Atlantic, focusing on high-growth companies. She oversees activities for their Paris, London, New York and San Francisco offices and is a frequent speaker/moderator and a mentor/judge for startup organizations and events such as Seedcamp, Microsoft BizSpark, IBM SmartCamp, SXSW Start-Up Accelerator, the Telegraph Tech Start-Up 100 and TechCrunch. One of European Girl’s superpowers — the ability to smoke a pack of cigarettes in a single puff.  Follow her on Twitter. How exciting – you’re expanding internationally! Assuming you’ve done the research about potential demand, competition, etc., and you’ve narrowed down the list of …


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Jan 24, 2011 On Our Blog

How to Create a Successful Startup in Japan: In 10 Easy Steps!

This post is written by Robert Laing, co-founder of myGengo (a 500 Startups company). A bit about Robert, in his own words: “Two years ago I founded myGengo, the API and platform for human translation (some call us a Mechanical Turk for translation) withMatthew Romaine, who’s half American, half Japanese. I’m from the UK, have been in Japan for 3.5 years, prior to which I worked in online advertising and web design at UK agencies. My Japanese is, um, OK.” The 10 steps:   Know what a startup is   Have a relevant reason for being in Japan, and always evaluate location   Use the culture, learn the language   Learn to straddle timezones   Don’t worry about the local …


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Jan 16, 2011 On Our Blog

Top 10 Tech Investing Trends For 2011

This post by 500 Overlord Dave McClure was originally published on Reuters. No apologies for shameless plugs and links on several of our 500 Startups we believe embody these trends. Top 10 Tech Trends for 2011 1. (Way too many) Groupons, social games and photo-sharing apps Unimaginative VCs — which is to say, all of us — tend to start the new year off throwing good money after bad on last year’s tired and expired ideas. 2011 will be no exception for “innovation imitation” with more group-buying ecommerce plays, more social game startups, and even more ways to do photo-sharing on Facebook and Twitter, now new and improved with 37 shades of yellow-gray filters. Humbug. My first easy and obvious …


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Jan 12, 2011 On Our Blog

We’re Hiring An Events Coordinator

Know anyone who would be PERFECT in the Events group at 500 Startups? If so, pass along this info! Our events director, Christen O’Brien, is looking to hire an events ninja to start immediately. (Note: this is all part of our MASTER plan to have 500 events! MUAHAHAHAHA…) About the Position The Event Coordinator will report to the Director of Events and will be responsible for back-end and on-site coordination of both internal and external events and conferences. The ideal candidate for the position will quickly excel within the role and be well-poised to solely manage several events annually, which is a high-profile position among the tech industry’s most influential people. This is a high-growth role at a fast-paced company and …


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Jan 11, 2011 On Our Blog

The Pleasure Principle: Not All Products Need To Be Painkillers

We’re excited to welcome Khush to the 500 Startups family! Khush develops the music-creation iPhone app LaDiDa which has been downloaded 270,000 times. Khush means “happy” in Hindi. Below is a repost from TechCrunch which was written by Prerna Gupta, CEO and co-founder. You can follow her on Twitter at @prernagupta. (Check out theoriginal TechCrunch post and announcement) Earlier this year, my company advanced to the final stages of two prestigious start-up competitions. Both times, I got up on stage and belted out my prezo in C Major (our product is LaDiDa, an iPhone app that helps bad singers make music), and then backed up the singing with solid growth metrics on our business. The audience loved it, and LaDiDa was a crowd favorite to …


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