Oct 31, 2012 On Our Blog

Sh*t 500 Says

There are no words to describe our newest batch of accelerator companies. Ok, there are a few: International. Diverse. Awesome. But most of all – #500STRONG. (one day that will be an official word – just wait and see!!) In celebration of their announcement, the Fall 2012 batch masterminded and created this video, “Sh*t 500 Founders Say.” We hope you like it as much as we do. Without further adieu – here are the 33 companies in the Fall 2012 batch of 500 Startups! BabyList A baby registry that works like Pinterest. Put anything on the web onto your baby registry. Makes pregnancy less overwhelming and more fun. AngelList: https://angel.co/babylist Founders: Natalie Gordon From: San Francisco, CA Fun Fact: Created …

Oct 23, 2012 On Our Blog

#GOAP is heading back to INDIA this Feb!

  #GOAP INDIA ~ APPLY NOW ~ FEBRUARY 2013     WHY SHOULD YOU CARE ABOUT UNDERSTANDING INDIA? 1.2 billion people ~ 900 million mobile accounts ~ 600 million under the age of 25 ~ 400 million internet users by 2015 ~ $40 billion e-commerce market in the next 3 years ~ $1.3 trillion in online ad spend   WHEN: February 16th – March 3rd (tentative) WHERE: Bangalore, New Delhi, Mumbai (tentative) APPLICATION DEADLINE: November 1st Past Geeks include Founders & Execs from…           WHAT’S IN IT FOR YOU? > BUILD strategic alliances w/ the tech + startup community in India > MEET key influencers driving innovation – startups, investors, execs, & gov’t leaders > LEARN about growth markets, challenges, and opportunities > DEVELOP lifelong friendships and business contacts …

Oct 17, 2012 On Our Blog

50 ‘EARLY BIRD’ Tix Released for Warm Gun!

WARM GUN: Conference on Measurable Design   November 30th ~ San Francisco      Join 500+ startups & designers to learn about UI & UX that isn’t just pretty, but also CONVERTS! JUST 50 EARLY BIRD TICKETS RELEASED.     CHECK OUT OUR ‘BALLER & SHOT-CALLER’ SPEAKERS…   <don’t act like you’re not impressed>     Mike Krieger, Co-Founder, Instagram   Mark Kwano, User Experience Evangelist, Apple   Josh Brewer, Principal Designer, Twitter    Andrew Otwell, UX Design Manager, Amazon   Jennifer Downs, UX Team, MailChimp   Melissa Cooper, Director of User Experience, Eventbrite   David Cole, Product Designer, Quora   Didier Hilhorst, Product, Flipboard   Sam Shank, CEO, HotelTonight   Stephanie  Hornung, UX Designer, Asana   Daniel Gatsby, Head of Brand & Product Marketing, Square   Dave McClure, Founding Partner, 500 Startups   Andrew Crowe, Experience Design Designer, GE   …

Oct 12, 2012 On Our Blog

Week 1 at @500startups: Get Better

This post is a guest post from Andy Sparks. It is the first in a series titled “The Chronicles of 500: Weekly Essays on What I Learned from 500 Startups.” You can follow his journey in 500 on his blog here. Andy is a Facilitator with Startup Weekend and the Co-founder of Launchgram, a 500 Startups Batch 5 company. Launchgram makes it painless to stay updated on products and projects that haven’t yet launched or reach completion . Follow LaunchGram onFacebook and Twitter. You can also join the discussion on Hacker News here. Last week, I wrote about the path that led my team at LaunchGram to our new home at500 Startups and this week I’m pumped to kick off …

Oct 6, 2012 On Our Blog

Co-founding Love: Muppet-duo

This Co-founding Love story is by Adam Bonnifield on how he met and co-founded Spinnakr with Michael Mayernick . Spinnakr is a new kind of analytics. They target website visitors automatically, helping triple signups and sales for your business. Spinnakr was in our 3rd accelerator batch. Follow them on Twitter and Facebook.  A tech blog once called Michael and me the Bert and Ernie of the DC tech scene (http://inthecapital.com/2012/06/25/dc-tech-if-it-were-run-by-muppets/#ss__18040_1_9__ss ), which was even more true about 10 years ago when we met. Back then we weren’t just the chaos and order muppet-duo of a tech startup, but two teenagers hell-bent on destroying each other. In fact, we started as college debate rivals from different universities. Michael was famous for wearing expensively tailored Brooks …

Oct 4, 2012 On Our Blog

An Indian And An Israeli Walk Into A Bar… And Join 500 Startups

500 Startups Announces 2 New Venture Partners: Pankaj Jain in India + Shai Goldman in NYC.   Although we’re only a few years old, 500 Startups is already a global community of startups and investors. We’ve invested in almost 400 companies, nearly 100 of them outside the US. We’ve added people to our team with roots in Brazil, Japan, and Mexico, and now we’re adding India and New York City as well. Yes, we know Manhattan isn’t quite another country, but it’s certainly a different State of Mind. And we’ve had a torrid love affair with Hindustan since visiting the country on our GeeksOnaPlane India trip last fall, hiring Paul Singh last summer, and making investments in several Indian startups. On that note, we’re ecstatic to announce 500 is …

Oct 2, 2012 On Our Blog

5 Must Read Posts by the 500 Family!

Looking for some good startup-related things to read? Consider these 5 posts from the 500 family. There are some very good tips and solid wisdom in these posts. Happy reading! The 80/20 Rule – By Paul Singh, Partner at 500. This post is on time management and focusing on the most important stuff. Niche to Win, Baby – Dave McClure, Founding 500 Partner. This post is on how having a niche can help you beat out the competition. 8 Tips on Nuturing a Happier Work Environment – Christine Tsai, 500 Partner.  8 Things to keep in mind when building your company culture. Startup Marketing: 2nd Class Citizen, 2nd Class Rate Results – Danielle Morrill, 500 Mentor. This is a must …