Feb 28, 2014 On Our Blog

Announcing Rainbow Round – A Monthly Series of Inspiring Talks from LGBT People in Tech PUBLISHED FEBRUARY 28 2014

I’ve been at 500 for just over a year now. One of the things that first drew me to 500 is how many different kinds of people are in our #500Strong community of 1000+ founders, 600+ companies, and 200+ mentors. A huge part of what make makes this place so great is how all these different people come together to share knowledge, support each other, and learn from each other’s mistakes.   LGBT founders, employees, and mentors, are an incredibly important part of the 500 family.  Last fall, we held our first LGBT meetup in Mountain View to invite some of our founders to share their startup stories. It was a huge success, so we decided to go even bigger …


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Feb 26, 2014 On Our Blog

8 Things You Must Do To Support Pregnant Startup Employees

A few months after my first child was born, I wrote a post likening parenthood to entrepreneurship called “Startuphood and Parenthood: Not for the Faint of Heart.” Two and a half years later, I’m expecting my second. I was quite guarded about my first pregnancy (especially on social media), so aside from that blog post, I shared very little about the experience. This time around, I’ve been much more open about it and felt inspired to write thoughts and observations I’ve had over the last few months. Given the endless controversy about sexism, women in tech, working moms, women founders, gender roles, etc, I was initially hesitant to write this post. Anything and everything is fuel for someone’s fire. However, …


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Feb 25, 2014 On Our Blog

How to Get Hired by a Startup (Even if You’re not Technical)

Joining the tech world might seem like a mysterious process, but I can assure that you don’t need magical powers, luck, or a blessing from Mark Zuckerberg to join a startup. Back in 2009, I was a completely non-technical recent grad (English Major, LOL) who didn’t know ANYTHING about startups. Somehow, I still managed to convince a now well-known file-sharing startup to hire me. If you don’t code or design, you probably won’t have the luxury of turning down offers from startups that are throwing themselves at you. But don’t let that discourage you; there are still plenty of ways to get a awesome startup to give you a chance. Here’s how:   Work your Network Like Crazy   Tech …


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Feb 13, 2014 On Our Blog

A Piece of the Action: Announcing 500 Syndicates

With any good story, once it starts working… everybody wants a piece of the action.   Today, 500 Startups is launching our very own AngelList syndicates. We view syndicates as a way to double down on great 500 portfolio companies AND enable other investors to co-invest with us more quickly and easily. So we’re kicking things off with two to start: the 500 Startups Syndicate, and the 500 Women Syndicate.   How will it work? For each syndicate, 500 Startups will allocate ~$1M to invest in ~10 companies over the next 12 months, or about $100K in one company every month. Each company will receive ~$100K investment from 500 Startups (our normal amount), and they will also get additional capital …


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Feb 13, 2014 On Our Blog

500 Women – Funding #Flawless Female Founders

Soundtrack (press play before continuing) Team 500 lives and breathes diversity. It isn’t just something we say in press to make ourselves look good, or a poster we put up in our office. It is in our DNA. When it comes to women, leveling the playing field is something we’re insanely passionate about –  supporting both women founders AND women investors. In the last 4 years, we’ve backed over 100 women-led companies like Wildfire, TaskRabbit, SlideShare, Viki,Moonfruit, TheRealReal, and ipsy. We even have a significant number of women on the 500 investment team (myself included).   But we’re not satisfied. We want to do MORE.   So today, as we roll out our own AngelList syndicates, one of the first …


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Feb 4, 2014 On Our Blog

Need Our Logos? Use These

If you need to use our logos, don’t resort to a crappy image you found on Google. You can download different versions the 500 logo and our events’ logos here. Black 500 Startups logo White 500 Startups logo Need something else? Send an email to mark@500.co.


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Feb 3, 2014 On Our Blog

500 Takes Over the City of Brunch, Bikes & Burritos – Introducing Batch 8

After months of planning, picking startups, and drinking Blue Bottle Coffee, we’re excited to unveil our very first San Francisco batch of startups! While we love and adore all our companies down south, we can’t wait to start our San Francisco adventure. We’ve already stocked up on PBR and bought Warby Parkers for everyone.   Our new companies started working out of our brand-spankin’-new SOMA office (called “500 Del Norte” since we’re international and stuff) last week, and we can’t wait to see them ride the startup surfbort all the way to Demo Day. Even though they’re up north, they’ll have access to all the resources, mentors, events and programs as the OG startups in Mountain View.   So, what’s …


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Feb 3, 2014 On Our Blog

500 Adds Super Mentor and Bitcoin Honey Badger to Investment Team

In case you haven’t heard, we’re now DOUBLING our startup efforts by running simultaneous accelerator programs in Mountain View and San Francisco. It’s gonna be a lot of work (goodbye sleep!), so we decided to convince two crazy people to join the ever-growing 500 Startups team: Bitcoin Honey Badger     First up is Sean Percival, who’s a legit internet badass. He launched his first internet startup in 2006 for a mere $12, then sold it in 2009 at an 835,000% return on investment. He was also the CEO and co-founder of 500 Startups company Wittlebee, and spent some time at MySpace as the VP of Online Marketing.   Remember glitter font? He basically invented that.     Currently, he’s …


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