Jun 28, 2011 On Our Blog

Recruit Top Talent Like Ari Gold From Entourage

This post was written by Ethan Bloch. Ethan is the CEO and Co-Founder of Flowtown where he built the company to 26,000 businesses, profitability and a team of 8 in less than 11 months only to be faced with the decision to shutdown the company or start from scratch on an entirely new product. He and his team choose the latter and have since been working on the new version of Flowtown which allows businesses to easily give gifts to their fans, followers and customers. You can find other startup musings from Ethan at West Coast Tech Meets East Coast Hustle. Your investors say it, your advisors preach it, the entire startup community practically chants it: only hire A+ team members. …


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Jun 25, 2011 On Our Blog

Startup Dad Gives Baby Up For Adoption

Meet Professor X, aka 500 SuperMentor Hong Quan (@hongdquan). An entrepreneur and recruiter building cars and startups, Hong has even hired a real honest-to-goodness rockstar (#3 on Billboard charts).  He uses his superpowers of recruiting and abilities to read and influence human minds to bring young Startupers in to the 500 Institute.  After hand-picking a game development team for John Romero, Hong worked in Corp Dev for Gazillion Entertainment, resulting in the Lego Universe game and an upcoming Marvel MMO. Similar to his namesake, Hong rolls around in a vehicle of his own creation and is going bald working on Outgrown.it. Before anyone gets their Pampers in a bunch, I didn’t actually put my human children up for adoption. I’m talking about …


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Jun 23, 2011 On Our Blog

Never Been a Better Time for Women Entrepreneurs

Meet Phoenix (Jean Grey) aka 500 SuperMentor Wendy Tan-White. Wendy is Founder of Moonfruit, a simple and powerful website builder for SMBs who expect better design tools to produce better designed sites. Moonfruit was founded in 1999, survived the Dotcom crash in 2000 and made a rapid resurgence in 2009. Wendy was Marketing Director of Gandi Group, helped start-up Zopa.com – first European P2P lending site and Egg.com – first UK internet bank. She sold her soul to Arthur Andersen after getting a BEng Computer Science from Imperial College, London. Wendy’s also a designer for fun and has a MA in Smart Textiles from Central St Martins. She is married to Joe who is COO/CFO of Moonfruit and they live with their …


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Jun 17, 2011 On Our Blog

Why Working So Hard Might Be Doing Your Startup More Harm Than Good

It’s no secret that s tartups are unhealthy places to work. At 500 Startups we have observed all kinds of masochistic behaviors by founders and team members while they try to get their companies off the ground. Common pitfalls include: founder’s syndrome, daily fry, living in the dungeon, lack of sleep and exercise, anxiety over funding and burn rate. Inspired by recent posts by our very own Lion-O aka SuperMentor Brenden Mulligan like Pizza and Ramen are Hurting your Startup and Celebrate the Small Victories as well as by feedback from our previous and current batches of startups, we hosting an event to help address these issues. On Saturday June 25th from 1-6pm, we will host a half-day workshop called, …


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Jun 16, 2011 On Our Blog

Top Tech Connectors in Brazil: The GOAP Organizers

Want to know how exciting Brazil is right now?   Brazil’s middle class is booming, their economy is growing steadily, and the 2014 World Cup & 2016 Olympics have made it one of the most attractive emerging markets worldwide.   From April 29th – May 8th, Geeks on a Plane (#GOAP) toured Brazil, Chile and Argentina and had the extremely unique experience of connecting with other geeks throughout South America.  Check out the video: Along the way, we partnered with tech connectors on the ground who helped to organize events, rally the community, and support the GOAP mission: to connect geeks worldwide, share challenges and opportunities, and make new friends. Want to get hyper-connected in Brazil? Here’s who you need …


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Jun 16, 2011 On Our Blog

Top Tech Connectors in Chile & Argentina: The GOAP Organizers

Want to know how exciting Chile and Argentina are right now?   Chile’s focus on entrepreneurship has strong support from the government and its Startup Chile incubator – in fact, President Sebastián Piñera, who was an entrepreneur himself, has made it a government mandate to invest in startups and embrace the future of technology.   Argentina’s Palermo Valley is brimming with geeks, their tech community is strong, the city of Buenos Aires is a vibrant culture to live and work, and they count startups like Globant and Mercado Libre as hometown successes.   From April 29th – May 8th, Geeks on a Plane (#GOAP) toured Brazil, Chile and Argentina and had the extremely unique experience of connecting with other geeks …


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Jun 14, 2011 On Our Blog

Celebrate The Small Victories

Meet Lion-O aka SuperMentor Brenden Mulligan (@bmull). Brenden founded ArtistData, a music industry startup that enables artists to easily keep their content up-to-date across multiple marketing channels and consumer touch points, which was acquired in May 2010 by Sonicbids. More recently, he built PhotoPile and MorningPics, two ways to revisit previously published Instagram memories. Startups aren’t easy. They are a never-ending series of extreme ups and downs. Your product launches! No one uses it. You get unexpected press and the user base spikes! The servers go down and all those users are pissed. You get funded by top-tier investors! A major tech blog claims a competitor will make your startup irrelevant. You strike an amazing partnership with the biggest company …


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Jun 11, 2011 On Our Blog

An Inside Look at the Secret 500 Accelerator

In response to the accusations by Mountain View residents of accelerator participants emerging with third arms or combining within the accelerator to form shimmering/glowing super-startups, we can neither confirm nor deny these totally awesome side effects. However the Sith Lord himself sees fit to address the questions that seek to pierce the mystique of the accelerator by releasing this top secret, never-before-seen video. Fear not, brave souls of the second class, behold the secrets of the 500 Accelerator: Thanks to micro-documentaries for producing this video.


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Jun 9, 2011 On Our Blog

FITTY GRAND FOR TEH FAST & FURIOUS #500STRONG #WINNING

“Our startups live their lives a quarter mil(e) at a time.” In January 2011, 500 Startups opened its doors to an underground group of racers. For several months, they built product. They burned the midnight oil. They hustled their asses off. Finally, they demoed to a captive audience of investors during Demo Days. Fast forward to today. A new crew is ready to take down the streets of Silicon Valley and beyond. They are the epitome of #500STRONG. 30% international. 20% women. 100% AWESOME. The renegade n00b crew:   AppGrooves   BugHerd   Cardinal Blue   Culture Kitchen   DailyAisle   HelloWorld   Kibin   LaunchBit   LaunchRock   Ovia   Scoopola   Snapette   StoryTree   ToutApp   Vayable …


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