Feb 26, 2015 Official Announcement

500 Startups Raises $15M “500Kimchi” Microfund

We’re happy to announce the launch of “500 Kimchi”, a $15M USD micro-fund focused on promising startups, especially in mobile, managed by new 500 investing partner and K-Pop instructor Tim Chae. Inspired by the booming mobile opportunity and growing government support, 500 will continue to invest in kickass Korean startups and will soon set up a home office in Seoul. Why 500 Kimchi? South Korea is one of the world’s top markets when it comes to existing mobile infrastructure, usage, and engagement. With over 80% smartphone penetration rate, it also boasts the world’s fastest internet speeds (increasing 57% YoY) that is accessible even in subways. Though South Korea’s population is 50M, its collective mobile users make South Korea the world’s …


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Feb 26, 2015 Official Announcement

500 ROAD SHOW – 2015 TOUR

Join our 500 Startups West Coast tour! We’re back on the road and want to meet YOU. Come meet members from our investment team and learn more about building your startup. We want to meet some of the world’s most promising startups. Our evening meetups are free to attend and will be followed by a relaxed evening of drinks and mingling. Learn more about 500’s seed fund and accelerator. Have questions? Get answers here. Can’t join the tour? Learn more about 500’s accelerator program and apply online. First tour will include stops in: 3/25 – ORANGE COUNTY – RSVP 3/26 – LOS ANGELES – RSVP 4/2 – VANCOUVER – RSVP Attendees will: > Meet 500: Who’s behind 500? You’ll find …


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Feb 24, 2015 On Our Blog

14 Marketplace Mistakes That Are Killing Your Startup

One week ago, I hosted my fifth Marketplace Dinner. This particular one took place at the DogVacay headquarters in Santa Monica. Marketplace Dinners are a series of happy hour-esque meetups that bring together founders and leaders at startup companies growing, you guessed it, marketplaces. So far, we’ve gathered over 250 founders and leaders (averaging about 50 founders per event), including entrepreneurs and executors from Airbnb, Odesk, eBay, Lyft, Uber, Thumbtack, and many more. Each event is three hours of eating, drinking, and telling tales of what it took to build a marketplace. Why the need for Marketplace Dinners? Two reasons: 1. Startup founders are incredibly collaborative and thoughtful. As a Minnesota kid moving to San Francisco, I felt welcomed by …


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Feb 23, 2015 On the Web

Hinter den Kulissen des berühmtesten Startup-Accelerators der Welt: YogaTrail und seine Zeit bei 500 Startups

500 Startups ist einer der populärsten Seed-Accelerator der IT-Welt. Was hinter den Kulissen vor sich geht, hat das Startup YogaTrail erlebt, das als einziges deutsches Unternehmen im Batch 10 vertreten war. Ein Blick hinter die Kulissen des Silicon Valley. Eigentlich war das alles nur ein Spaß. Oder sagen wir: ein nicht wirklich durchdachtes Abenteuer.

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Feb 20, 2015 Official Announcement

Mexico says “HOLA!” to 15 New Companies

Let’s be honest – did you even know we had an accelerator in Mexico City? Well, we do!…and we tend to attract companies from all over the globe. We’re excited to welcome 15 new companies who will be joining us in Mexico City from countries such as Argentina, Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Spain and of course Mexico. Fun fact: Juan Eljach, CEO of exploiter.co, is likely to be the youngest founder we have ever invested in. We interviewed him when he was only 15 years old! His company is aiming to raise awareness and teach the art of ethical hacking. Over the next 4 months (yes, we have a slightly longer program), these founders will be working towards finding sustainable ways to bring in new clients …


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Feb 18, 2015 On the Web

SocialCops helps tackle big problems with Big data

FEATURES/ 30 Under 30 | Feb 17, 2015 | 124 views Prukalpa Sankar & Varun Banka | 23, 23 Founders, SocialCops Category: Social Enterprise In 2013, Prukalpa Sankar and Varun Banka were on a smooth path to the Great Indian Dream: Engineering degrees from a foreign college (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), good jobs (Sankar interned at Goldman Sachs and ExxonMobil, Banka at Barclays Capital and Microsoft).

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