Nov 21, 2013 On Our Blog

Want to Get into 500 Startups’ First SF Accelerator? Here’s What You Need to Know

Thinking of applying for our first San Francisco accelerator program? Well, stop thinking and start APPLYING! Applications are only open for 6 more days, so you need to get on that ASAP. To help you make your application stand out, here’s some information about what we’re looking for, what the program is like, and why you should apply: What do I have to do to get noticed by Dave McClure or 500 Startups? ANSWER Does 500 Startups invest in startup founders at the idea stage? ANSWER How much money do startups typically raise on a demo day? ANSWER What are some of 500’s biggest exits? ANSWER What do startups get out of 500’s accelerator program? ANSWER What kinds of startups is …


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Nov 19, 2013 On Our Blog

When and How to Define Your User Engagement Cycle

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.   In my last post, I talked about how startups should think about metrics in the context of growth. Given that the most urgent questions for many start-ups revolve around HOW they can grow, and whether the growth they may be experiencing is scalable and sustainable, this post focuses on the more tactical aspects of achieving growth.   Let’s say that your product is in the marketplace, you have an initial set of users, and you may even be experiencing some nascent growth. How do you take the next …


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Nov 19, 2013 On Our Blog

On the 500 Livestream This Week: Robert Scoble, Sean Percival, and Warm Gun Design

We have three great events on our livestream this week! Check them out below and add them to your calendar: Robert Scoble on Social MediaWhen: 11/19, 12:00pm PSTLivestream: http://new.livestream.com/500SAcc Getting Started with SEO: Sean Percival, 500 Distribution ExpertWhen: 11/20, 12:00pm PSTLivestream: http://new.livestream.com/500SAcc Warm Gun Design Conference (Speakers from Lyft, Uber, GitHub, Etsy, Instagram and more)When: 11/22, 9:00am – 6:00pm PSTLivestream: http://www.livestream.com/500startups


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Nov 15, 2013 Podcasts

Episode 25 – Christina Bognet, CEO and Co-founder of PlateJoy

In this week’s episode, I speak with Christina Bognet, CEO and co-founder of food delivery startup PlateJoy. Check out the episode below and subscribe to 500 Startups’ channel on SoundCloud. You can listen and subscribe over on Stitcher Radio and iTunes, too. Tune in next week for another episode!


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Nov 14, 2013 On Our Blog

¡Orale! Meet the 17 Startups in the Latest 500 Mexico City Accelerator Batch

Our compañeros down south have been busy choosing the next batch of companies for our Mexico City accelerator! Many applied, and after a rigorous interview process (which may have included a wrestling match with these two), our team was able to pick 17 companies to join the 500 family. While our LATAM accelerator is located in Mexico City, these new companies are from all over Latin America. They hail from major cities like Buenos Aires, Bogotá, Mexico City, and Santiago de Chile. The 17 startups in this batch will go through a 5-month program (in our trendy and kinda hipster office in La Roma, DF) where the 500 team will assist with distribution, product development, design, and fundraising. Of course, they’ll …


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Nov 13, 2013 On Our Blog

What You Need to Know about How Facebook Displays Links

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. If you use Facebook at all  – if you don’t, wtf? –  you know  images rule Newsfeed. They look better than any other kind of content, and people are much more likely to share an image than a status update or link. Have you ever shared a status update? Probably not. For startups looking to broaden their reach, uploading funny, insightful, or inspirational images (usually with text overlaid) is a great way to drive more people to a Facebook page and build an audience. But a potential downside …


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Nov 8, 2013 On Our Blog

Marc Shedroff, VP of Samsung’s Open Innovation Center, on What He Looks for in Startups

Samsung launched the Open Innovation Center (OIC) in Silicon Valley this past January, which operates four main functions – strategic investments, acquisitions and partnerships as well as an accelerator, with locations on both coasts. We interviewed Marc Shedroff, OIC’s Vice President, who previously worked as head of entertainment and sports partnerships at YouTube. Check out what Marc has to say about Samsung’s OIC and Accelerator: For so long, Samsung was very focused on manufacturing hardware and devices. Now, over the past couple years, you’re focusing more on software. Can you share how Samsung OIC is doubling down on software innovation? Samsung has seen amazing growth. We are the market leader in TV and mobile and, in just the last year, …


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Nov 5, 2013 On Our Blog

5 Ridiculous Marketing Tricks that Used to Work

“ 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. Online marketing is constantly shifting and changing. Today’s startup marketer has the daunting task of keeping up with all these changes while quickly adapting strategy as needed. Growth doesn’t come easy, but then again, few good things do. In fact, it’s probably best to think of your marketing like a mining operation. If you plan and execute well enough, you’re likely to strike a few rich veins (acquisition channels) that yield good results. Of course those veins can run out, so you’ll need to find new …


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