May 31, 2013 On Our Blog

Startup Founders Podcast – Episode 8

“ In this week's episode, I interview Aihui Ong, CEO and founder of Love With Food. She's led a pretty interesting life: she grew up in Singapore (where she sold car polish in high school), was an engineer for many years, and has even backpacked around the world.  iTunes Stitcher   “


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May 28, 2013 On Our Blog

This Week’s Livestreamed Accelerator Talks

It’s another week in the Batch 6 accelerator! Add our talks to your calendar or watch the archived videos on our livestream channel. Virality and You – with 500 Startups Mentor Blake Commagere Learn the ins and outs of how viral marketing can take your startup to the next level. Streaming Today at 12:15pm PST User Acquisition Strategies – Facebook Ads Hear from Matt Berman, 500’s resident distribution hacker, about how to build and optimize Facebook ad campaigns. Includes a Q&A session. Streaming Thursday, May 30th at 12:00pm PST


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May 23, 2013 On Our Blog

Startups Founders Podcast: Episode 7

In this week's episode, I speak with Vitaly Golomb (500 Startups mentor and CEO/founder of Keen Systems) about the importance of mentors, balancing family time with startup time, hiring the right people, and more. Keen Systems is going after an industry that many people in tech have ignored: print. At $640 billion per year, this industry is a big opportunity for startups, and Vitaly talks about what inspired him to take on this market. iTunes Stitcher Radio  


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May 21, 2013 On Our Blog

This Week’s Livestreamed Accelerator Talks

Founders often forget one of the most important things about building a company: culture. Making your startup a fun, exciting and supportive place to work can have a massive impact on your company’s success. Tune into our livestream this week to hear from Pasha Sadri, CTO and co-founder of Polyvore. Before co-founding Polyvore, Pasha was a principal software engineer at Yahoo, where he built several products from scratch, including Yahoo Pipes and Yahoo Trip Planner. Pasha has a degree in mechanical engineering from UC San Diego. Today (Tuesday 5/21), Pasha will present, “Why Company Culture Matters from Day One.” You can watch it live here at 12pm PST, or visit our livestream page when the talk over to see a recording of the …


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May 17, 2013 On Our Blog

Startup Founders Podcast: Episode 6

Happy Friday! In this week’s episode of the Startup Founders Podcast, I speak with Luca Prasso, CEO and co-founder of Curious Hat. Before he became a startup founder, Luca was an integral part of the team that created award-winning films such as “Shrek,” “Madagascar’,” “Kung Fu Panda,” and “How to Train Your Dragon.” He recently spoke at our MamaBear tech conference – you can find his presentation and others on our livestream channel. iTunes Stitcher Radio


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May 14, 2013 On Our Blog

They’re Gonna Raise Some Funds, Batch 6 is F’n Awesome

We’re excited to announce the latest accelerator batch to venture into the 500 lair! If you thought 500 was diverse, you ain’t seen nothing yet – this batch boasts a whopping 8 female founders (2 of whom are CTO’s) and 22 international companies. And we’re getting even closer to #500Strong global domination with our first ever Middle-Eastern and African accelerator companies in this group. To prove their scrappiness (and ghetto-fabulousness), Batch 6 put together their own version of Macklemore’s Thrift Shop, “Thrifty Startup.” We have it on good authority that Batch 6 may have been kicked out of more than one Goodwill store during the making of this video. That’s straight-up gangsta, yo. Check out all the companies below or …


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May 13, 2013 On Our Blog

This Week’s Livestreamed Accelerator Talks

We have some great speakers lined up this week for Batch 6! Don’t miss out on getting great tips for your startup – check out the livestream schedule below: Storytelling Class with Marie Perruchet Stories have a unique power to persuade and motivate, because they appeal to our emotions and have the ability to shape beliefs and change minds. No decisions are made, no products sold, and no partnerships forged, are launched based on a slide show with dry numbers. In this hour talk, Marie teach you which narrative communication techniques work best for effective speaking, and how to incorporate these techniques into your upcoming Demo Day pitch. We will go through interactive exercises to: – know how to use …


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May 13, 2013 On Our Blog

Don’t Be Awkward: Making the Most of a Networking Event

A few weeks ago, I did something that truly scared me.   I went to a tech networking event.   While there are many people out there – especially in Silicon Valley – who live for building their network, it’s not something I spend a lot of time doing or particularly enjoy. I know a lot of people feel the same way I do, especially since it can get pretty awkward if you don’t do it right.   But even if you despise the word “networking,” it’s an extremely important skill to have – especially if you’re working at a startup. If you’re a founder, your startup will die – or have a very, very tough time – if you don’t …


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May 10, 2013 On Our Blog

Announcing the Startup Founders Podcast

While we pride ourselves in being a very diverse bunch at 500 Startups, there’s one thing all our founders have in common: they all have a story. And not just any story, either –  founders in the 500 family come from all over the world and many different backgrounds to chase their startup dreams. I’m very excited to announce our weekly podcast that will give them a place to share their biggest challenges, interesting anecdotes and advice for fellow entrepreneurs. You can find the first 5 episodes below, featuring the kickass founders from PayByGroup, Markerly, Vidcaster, KeenIO and Chewse. Give them a listen, and stay tuned for a new episode every Friday! You can get automatic updates of our podcast …


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May 8, 2013 On Our Blog

Making Lots of Little Bets: Dave McClure Talks 500’s Strategy

During our recent trip Geeks on a Plane trip to India, Dave McClure, 500’s founding partner and resident Sith Lord, sat down to chat with a local journalist. In the interview, Dave discusses the 500 Startups investment strategy: make lots of little bets across a diverse set of companies. Dave states that “with the exception of a handful of other investors, nobody makes more than 50 investments in a year. We are applying a different philosophy and model from most other funds.” The interview also covers 500’s interest in international companies, and why Dave thinks there’s more interesting growth happening in India and Asia than Europe. He states, “India is one of the biggest markets for us primarily because of the …


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