Jan 29, 2015 On Our Blog

2015 is the Year of Distro EVERYWHERE

Waaah, more marketing?? We know it’s sexy to talk about features and fundraising. But cool features, and even a round in the bank, won’t a business make. Great companies find a way — ideally multiple optimized ways — to acquire, activate and retain customers. We’re the 500 Distribution Team, and 2015 is the year of Distro EVERYWHERE. And we work with 500 companies to do just that. In the old days, 500 Distro was a 500 family affair: — hands-on advising for every company in the current 500 Accelerator Batch. — intensive consulting and implementation for selected portfolio companies through our Distro 1-on-1 program. But 2015 means Distro EVERYWHERE. We’re bringing the growth specialization of 500 Distro to EVEN MOAR …

Jan 27, 2015 Official Announcement

500 Startups Announces Batch 12 in San Francisco

Can you believe we’re already on our 12th accelerator batch? For those of you keeping track, this is our third batch in San Franciscso! As always, our companies have all types of founders from everywhere on the globe. There are 34 companies in this group, and 29% of our companies have at least one woman on the founding team. Additionally, 41% of our companies have at least one foreign‐born founder.  Countries include: Taiwan, China, Egypt, Bahrain, Poland, Sweden, Canada, India, France, Brazil, South Korea, Australia…..Follow all of our companies on AngelList. Over the next few months, Batch 12 and Highway1 portfolio companies will be filmed in a SyFy documentary series “The Bazillion Dollar Club”. This series will give us a chance to tell our story …

Jan 21, 2015 Official Announcement

Join the #500Strong Family – Land a Job at One of Our Companies!

Want to get on the fast track to working at an kickass startup? We’re hosting a Job Fair on Wednesday, February 4th at our HQ in San Francisco, CA. From 4-6pm, you’ll get a chance to meet founders in our current batch of startups (Batch 12) and wow them with your awesome skills and sparkling personality. In addition to working an early stage startup, you’d get to experience everything that comes with 500’s accelerator program – working out of our awesome office space, meeting tons of people in the 500 family, attending events and fireside chats with big-name founders, and more. “All thanks to the 500Startups Job Fair I found my current job at KangaDo. I never thought I’d be working …

Jan 7, 2015 Official Announcement

Hello 2015, Goodbye 500 Startups

Christen O’Brien is a Co-Founder & Managing Partner at 500 Startups, and has been responsible for building & growing the Business Development group. She previously founded a media company, spent 10+ years in BD & marketing roles, and served in the Peace Corps as an English Teacher. She is based in San Francisco, and can be reached via LinkedIn or christenobrien.com. To everything, turn, turn, turn / There is a season, turn, turn, turn… – Pete Seeger Since 2010, my every day at 500 Startups has been nothing short of incredible and I’ve had the time of my life creating & running a Business Development powerhouse. However, after much consideration, it is with great excitement and great sadness that I am announcing my plans to …

Jan 2, 2015 On Our Blog

Looking Back at 2014

In the past 12 months we have invested in ~300 companies, opened up a new office in San Francisco and continued to grow our family internationally. 500 now has a presence in 10 countries, and we have invested in over 50 countries globally. Our team collectively speaks over 20 languages, and 1/3 of us weren’t born in the US — our goal is to reflect the diversity of our global portfolio. 안녕하세요! Olá! नमस्कार! Along with this international expansion, we continued to invest, guide and connect 500 companies with a strong network of global mentors, advisors, investors and other fellow startups. #500Strong Accelerator Program Now where shall we begin? 2014 has been one hell of a ride. We launched our new …