Oct 30, 2013 On Our Blog

Have a Burning Startup Question? Get it Answered on the Founder Hotline!

Are you a founder who needs advice? (Answer: yes, yes you are). We’re starting a new podcast dedicated to answering tough questions from startup founders. Have fundraising issues? Dealing co-founder drama? Unsure of how to divide equity among employees? Clueless about marketing or distribution? The 500 team is here for you! How to Submit a Question There are a few ways to send in your questions: #1 Use the Google form below: #2 send us an email at FounderHotline@gmail.com #3 Call in at (775) 574-8685 to leave a voicemail. The number automatically goes to voicemail, so don’t worry about Dave McClure picking up . Remember: your submission is 100% anonymous. Follow the show @FounderHotline for updates on our first episode. We’re …


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Oct 29, 2013 On Our Blog

They’ll Never Be Normal – Introducing Batch 007!

When we opened up applications for Batch 007 secret agents a few months ago, we received more applications than we knew what to do with – almost 1300! After countless interviews with talented founders, the 30 startups of Batch 007 have finally entered the building! They started our rigorous training program a few weeks back and are excited to take on their first #500Strong mission from Agent DMC. So, where are our new agents from? Pretty much everywhere – they hail from Sweden, UK, Italy, Mexico, China, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, India, and Brazil, just to name a few. We also have founders from all over the US, including Hermosa Beach, NYC, Boston, Philadelphia, Gainesville, Nashville and other cities. This time …


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Oct 25, 2013 On Our Blog

The Power of Trigger Emails

This post is part of the ongoing Distribution  series. Every week the 500 Distribution Team highlights actionable resources for marketing your startup. Get even more tips by following @500Distribution on Twitter and subscribing to our email newsletter. I hate getting emails from companies. With all the different ways for people to contact me nowadays, email is still one of the easiest and most personal, second only to my phone. But I hate receiving emails from companies. To this very day, I am unrelenting when it comes to unsubscribing from any automated emails I receive. I’ll even mark an email as spam if it doesn’t include an easily visible one-click unsubscribe link. At the same time, I’m pushing companies I work with to send more …


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Oct 24, 2013 On Our Blog

Geeks On a Plane Lands in Colombia and Speaks with .CO Founder Juan Diego Calle

Often referred to as the “United Nations of Startups,” GeeksOnaPlane bridges the gap between Silicon Valley & thousands of developers, investors, and executives in emerging technology markets. During our recent Latin America tour, we got an insider’s view of the exploding opportunities in Mexico, Colombia, and Brazil by visiting high-growth startups, attending conferences & networking events, and meeting with government officials & industry leaders. Below is an overview of the key players in the region, as well as an interview from Juan Diego Calle. A Colombian & U.S. entrepreneur, Juan is the CEO & Founder of .CO (as in, 500.co) and has a very experienced POV on innovation and investing in Colombia. MEET COLOMBIA’S KEY PLAYERS… An initiative launched by Colombia’s …


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Oct 15, 2013 On Our Blog

Startup Metrics: Don’t Let Your SAC Get WACC

This post is part of the ongoing Distribution Tuesday series. Every week the 500 Distribution Team highlights actionable resources for marketing your startup. Get even more tips by following @500Distribution on Twitter and subscribing to our email newsletter. “If you can’t measure it, you can’t manage it.”   Generally misattributed to Peter Drucker, this concept forms the foundation of the data-driven culture that just about every company lays claim to these days. The thing is, not all data are equal, and being data-driven isn’t enough.   It’s been almost four years since Eric Ries called BS on vanity metrics, yet they still persist in many companies’ dashboards. So what’s the big deal? Running your company based on bad metrics will …


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Oct 14, 2013 On Our Blog

Interview: Fadi Ghandour on Middle-Eastern Startups and Bootstrapping

The Founder of Aramex and one of the most active early-stage investors in the Middle East, Fadi Ghandour, has been hugely instrumental in developing the region’s entrepreneurial ecosystem. His experiences, opinions on Middle East startups, and thoughts for the future are shared in this interview. We’re thrilled to include Fadi as a Geeks on a Plane (#GOAP) Ambassador for our Middle East trip taking place this Nov 4th – 17th, making stops in Istanbul, Amman, Dubai, & Abu Dhabi. For more information on our Geeks on a Plane trip or to join, email sheila@500.co. You’ve described yourself as an ‘accidental entrepreneur’ – can you share with us how you became an entrepreneur of the first ever Arab-based company to be …


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Oct 8, 2013 On Our Blog

4 MORE Marketing Channels You’re Not Using (But Should Be)

This post is part of the ongoing Distribution Tuesday series. Every week the 500 Distribution Team highlights actionable resources for marketing your startup. Get even more tips by following @500Distribution on Twitter and subscribing to our email newsletter. A few weeks ago, I wrote about 4 marketing channels you might be neglecting at your startup. Here are a few more of places where you might find your customers:   Instagram video/Vine   You probably think Vine is for people who are trying way too hard to be funny. You’re right, but it’s also a great face for you teach people about your startup! A lot of big brands are doing fancy stuff on these channels, thanks to the fact that they have a TON …


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