Jan 31, 2013 On Our Blog

ATTENTION Federation Citizens: Applications Now Open For #500STRONG Starfleet Academy

Startups – the final frontier. These are the continuing voyages of the Starship 500. Our vision: to explore strange new ecosystems, to seek out new startups and new founders, to boldly go where no fund has gone before. The 500 Mission: Find and fund entrepreneurs all over the world. Make them successful through access to capital, mentorship, and education. Create a guild of GEEKS with Silicon Valley as a spiritual hub, then infect startup ecosystems around the world with the Silicon Valley (and 500) culture. Also, make $hitload$ of money and have lots of FUN. Your Objective: Take your startup to the farthest edges of the galaxy with funding from 500, an amazing community of fellow founders and mentors, an incredible …

Jan 23, 2013 On Our Blog

One Year as Startup Entrepreneurs: 10 Big Lessons

Elena Favilli (left) and Francesca Cavallo (right) are the co-founders of Timbuktu Labs, an award-winning company that focuses on mobile applications for children. They’re part of the 500 Startups family and are based in San Francisco. By working at the intersection of design, education and technology, they help parents discover the world with their kids. A year ago, we got an email announcing we were among the winners of Mind The Bridge, the most important startup competition in Italy. The award consisted of one month in a startup program in San Francisco and a chance to take part in the final round of Italian Innovation Day at UC Berkeley. We remember that morning well. We had been talking a lot …

Jan 17, 2013 On Our Blog

Six Steps to Growth: What I Learned as 500 Startups’ Growth Hacker in Residence

Mike Greenfield is an entrepreneur with a strong interest in data and analytics. He founded Team Rankings and Circle of Moms, honed his growth hacking chops at PayPal and advises early stage companies. He blogs at numeratechoir.com. I just finished up a six month stint as Growth Hacker In Residence at 500 Startups. I want to share a few of my learnings. But before I do that, a couple of things to get out of the way. First of all, 500 Startups is a strong operation and an amazing story. If you’d just arrived in Silicon Valley yesterday, you’d probably have no idea that it’s only a couple of years old. In public, Dave McClure is a little zany/off the wall/all over the place, …

Jan 11, 2013 On Our Blog

Startup UX and Design Demystified

Danny Boice is the Co-Founder & CTO of Speek where he runs product and technology.  Speek is a 500 Startups-funded startup that let’s users do conference calls with a simple link (speek.com/YourName) rather than using phone numbers and PINs. A serial startup/technology entrepreneur and executive, Danny started his career as a software engineer working for startups like Network Solutions and MusicMaker.com in the 90s. Danny founded his first company, Jaxara, in the early 2000s (exited via acquisition), and co-founded Speek with John Bracken in 2012. Danny attended Harvard.   Figure 1: The mythical all-in-one UX +Visual Designer purple unicorn species** Credit for image goes to Fanpop.com I recently wrote an article called Startup Technology Demystified. In that piece I looked at the most common technologies used by startups and broke …