Oct 31, 2014 On Our Blog

More to Growth Than FB Ads? Solidarium Talks Strategic Partnerships & Accelerator Aha Moments

Solidarium is a Brazilian marketplace connecting artisans and their crafty goods to online shoppers all over the country. Having had a number of conversations with founders from the 500 Accelerator, I thought I knew what Tiago Dalvi, Solidarium’s founder, was going to talk about. 500 is known for being really kickass at distribution and performance marketing. Every single founder I’ve talked sounds like a newlywed that just married Facebook ads, metrics, and drip campaigns. But Tiago had a different story to tell, and it wasn’t about Custom Audiences (though at one point he did admit that learning to do Custom Audiences the right way during Batch 9’s Marketing Hell Week was awesome). Instead, Tiago recounted a tale of big strategic …

Oct 24, 2014 On Our Blog

How 500 Worked with Product Hunt to Find Awesome Accelerator Companies

Like most accelerators, we’re always looking for new ways to find great founders. While we get a fair amount of incoming applications, our best companies tend to come through founder referrals or less conventional channels. And we’re always up for trying new methods to find talent. Enter Product Hunt. Unless you’ve been living under an Uber, you have no doubt heard about Product Hunt. It’s become one of the best places to source new products as they launch, and it’s a perfect match for the quick launch and iterate approach that many startups are taking these days. Instead of trying orchestrate a convoluted press push, simply submit your product and let the people decide if they love it. Many of …

Oct 22, 2014 Podcasts

Episode 51 – John Coombs, Founder Of Rover

This week, I speak with batch 10 founder John Coombs about his iBeacon-focused startup, Rover. Check out roverlabs.co to learn more about the awesome technology his team his building. Love the show? Don’t forget to rate us and subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher!

Oct 22, 2014 On Our Blog

5 Reasons Why 500 Startups is Backing Wanderable

“Syndicate funding is a new, innovative way for startups with traction to gain funding.  Just as Wanderable is a first mover in bringing a curated merchant network to the honeymoon registry space, we see our partnership with 500 Startups as a great opportunity to bring more investors to innovative, women-led companies.” –Jenny Chen, Co-Founder, Wanderable Call to action: We only have 3 days left, so we’re calling on everyone to help back Wanderable – our first company selected for the 500 Women Syndicate fund. To join the Wanderable round, please go here: https://angel.co/wanderable/invest. To join our Women Syndicate, visit here: https://angel.co/l/zDgpZ *If you have any questions, feel free to contact Bedy@500startups.com. Wanderable modernizes the honeymoon planning process by allowing couples to easily …

Oct 16, 2014 On Our Blog

Growth in Asia: How Shopline Acquired 6X Users in 9 weeks

When you travel a lot and end up somewhere jetlagged and hungry at random hours of the night, sometimes you have to make compromises. On a recent trip to Taipei, I found myself sober and eating a tea egg out of a plastic bag from the corner 7-Eleven at 1 in the morning. It wasn’t a Facebook moment, but my snack turned out to be surprisingly good (I severely regretted not buying more), and it was then that I began to understand the deep bond between the Taiwanese and their unglamorous yet satisfyingly functional everything-store. When I spoke to Fiona Lau at Shopline — Batch 10 — I was surprised to learn that she and her team weren’t Taiwanese because I’d …

Oct 15, 2014 Podcasts

Episode 50 – Samir Patel, Founder of DoRevolution

I talked to 500 mentor and founder Samir Patel about growth, marketing, and other tricks that will help startups grow their business. Check out other resources from Samir here: www.slideshare.net/500startups/google-badwords-500-startups-presentation01 new.livestream.com/500SAcc/adwordssamir Learn more about his company at dorevolution.com Love the show? Don’t forget to rate us and subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher!

Oct 6, 2014 On Our Blog

7 Ways to Use Facebook Custom Audiences to Grow Your Startup

This growth guest post comes from Massimo Chieruzzi, CEO of AdEspresso, a SaaS company that helps advertisers and media agencies create, analyze, and optimize their Facebook ads. AdEspresso was an Accelerator Batch 7 startup, is now part of the 500 Startups portfolio of companies.  Startup growth is both tough and exciting with so many options available to marketers nowadays: inbound, social marketing, content marketing, SEM, SEO, social advertising, retargeting and more. But let’s say you’re on a tight budget and you’ve got a lonely marketing team of one — yourself. Experimenting with all of these channels with limited resources can be tricky. Mastering them to achieve a great ROI can be even harder. In this short guide, we’ll go through all …

Oct 3, 2014 Official Announcement

500 Startups Achieves Target Quota of Less Than 25% White Males From Stanford

500 Startups announced today the promotion of two new managing partners*, Bedy Yang and Khailee Ng. The company is now even more AWESOME than ever before and currently has over 35 team members across 10 countries who speak 20+ languages. 500 also has $115M in assets under management and has invested in 850+ companies in the past 4 years. And we ate like, 17 green M&Ms last week too. Over the past three years, Bedy Yang has made over 25 investments in Brazil and 50 investments around the world. She’s truly multicultural (she’s lived in Brazil, China, Germany, Paraguay and the US) and founded Brazil Innovators to bring together Brazil and Silicon Valley. She’s also been intrumental in launching our 500Women Syndicate to support female …

Oct 1, 2014 Podcasts

Episode 49 – Jenny Chen And Vicki Luisi Of Wanderable

I spoke with Jenny Chen and Vicki Luisi (CEO and co-founder of Wanderable) about the wedding market, building their startup, deciding to fundraise publicly, and more! Listen in for some great tips and insights. Learn more about Wanderable at angel.co/wanderable and wanderable.com Love the show? Don’t forget to rate us and subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher!