Apr 14, 2011 On Our Blog

#500Strong Rules The Universe (Well, At Least For Two Days)

Designed by Elliot Loh, 500 SuperMentor Last week, we held our first-ever Demo Days at the 500 Startups Secret Lair. Over two days, our startups from the 500 Accelerator program, as well as a few seed companies, presented to a collective audience of ~300 people (and almost 500 viewing via live stream). What was most impressive about the Demo Days? Our companies, natch. But what else was impressive was the sheer POWER and camaraderie of the 500 community. Both in the Twittersphere and in person, you couldn’t get away from #500Strong. The 500 network of founders, mentors, and supporters-at-large showed just how awesome this community is. We can’t help but feel warm fuzzy feelings inside every time we think about …

Apr 6, 2011 On Our Blog

500 Little Monsters To DOMINATE Demo Day, Then DEVOUR VC Dollars

More than 300 investors, press, and paparazzi will join us at the 500 Startups Secret Lairfor our first ever Demo Days! Our little monsters from the 500 Accelerator Program and a few special guests from our seed companies will be presenting their latest and greatest to a captive audience. Good things happen in 3’s, so we are actually holding 3 sessions of Demo Day to accommodate the demand – once today (Wednesday April 6), and two more tomorrow (Thursday April 7).  And great news for those of you who can’t make it in person: We’ve decided to broadcast the Thursday sessions! Be sure to tune in LIVE tomorrow atwww.livestream.com/500startups at 10:00AM PDT and 5:00PM PDT for all the action. Once …

Apr 1, 2011 On Our Blog

The Top 5 Myths about Distributed Teams

Emi Gal is the founder and CEO of Brainient, part of the 500 Startups family. Based in London, Brainient builds tools that help agencies turn existing video ads into interactive experiences. Brainient is a Seedcamp winner, a The Next Web runner-up and part of the UKTI Global Entrepreneurship Programme. Brainient is Emi’s third company. Previously, he founded a number of UK and Romanian startups: Skimbit / Skimlinks, eOk (Romania), BrainTV (Romania), iHireyou (UK), to name a few. Emi is also a speaker and lecturer at various entrepreneurship and internet events, a Seedcamp Week ’09 Winner and one of Romania’s top 5 achievers according to PEPSI. He blogs very often at www.emigal.com “Yes, we’re seven people, full-time, and our burn-rate is …