Mar 19, 2015 On the Web

¿Qué Es? Sentisis’ NLP SaaS Platform For Spanish Pulls In $1.3M

Three-year-old Sentisis is a natural language processing (NLP) startup whose founder spotted an opportunity to do technology-powered sentiment analysis of Spanish language conversations on social media, given the prevailing focus on data-mining online English had left Spanish speech relatively overlooked. Not a small opportunity either: some 500 million+ people speak Spanish globally.

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Mar 18, 2015 On the Web

Vulcun.com bumps its e-sports prize pool to $4M

Gaming execs: Join 180 select leaders from King, Glu, Rovio, Unity, Facebook, and more to plan your path to global domination in 2015. GamesBeat Summit is invite-only — apply here. Ticket prices increase on April 3rd! Vulcun.com announced today that it is increasing its 2015 prize pool for its fantasy sports tournament for League of Legends fans to $4 million.

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Mar 18, 2015 On Our Blog

CASE STUDY: Grab’s Growth Hacks

Grab (formerly GrabTaxi), part of the 500 Startups portfolio, is a leading taxi hailing app covering Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Singapore, Vietnam and Indonesia that’s also the startup darling of Southeast Asia. The company’s been busy doing some impressive things like getting 3.6 million app downloads, hitting 620,000 MAU, reaching a milestone of 70,000 drivers on its network, offering driver insurance (the first platform to do so), and closing a $250 million round from SoftBank — the highest raise for any startup in Southeast Asia to date. Less than half of Grab’s app installs have come from direct paid acquisition, and they don’t run ads for driver acquisition. How, then, has Grab managed to grow to over 60K drivers on its network, …


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Mar 17, 2015 On Our Blog

5 Premoney Talks Every VC Should Watch

PreMoney SF is coming up in a week! We couldn’t be more excited about the speaker lineup & the topics that will be covered. To give you a little sneak peek, we’ve collected some of the most popular talks from PreMoney 2013 & 2014: 1. Marc Andreessen & Dave McClure: The Future of Startups, VC’s, and Technology 2. Y Combinator: The Sequel — Sam Altman On The Future Of The Original Accelerator 3. The Explosion Of Micro-Funds & The LP Fatigue Epidemic with Mark Suster (Upfront Ventures) 4. The Death Of Mid-Stage & Birth Of The Long-Run VC Play with Scott Kupor (Andreessen Horowitz) 5. Suster vs. Kupor On The (Ad)Venturous Road Ahead (Part 1) Want to dive deeper? Get your last minute tickets to PreMoney SF HERE.  …


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Mar 11, 2015 On Our Blog

Q&A with Christian Hernandez Managing Partner at White Star Capital

Christian Hernandez has over 16 years of operating experience in technology companies, developing and scaling products and businesses internationally. Prior to co-founding White Star Capital, Christian worked at Facebook and led the international expansion of the company’s Business Development, Platform and Gaming Partnerships groups. He previously held leadership roles in the U.S. and Europe at Google and Microsoft and started his career in technology at MicroStrategy, a startup he joined prior to its 1999 IPO. Christian has worked closely with entrepreneurs and leading VCs and has been an active angel investor and advisor.  He serves on the Board of Advisors of Seedcamp and the Digital Task Force for the EVCA and is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic …


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Mar 5, 2015 On Our Blog

Q&A with Eileen Burbidge, Partner at Passion Capital

Eileen Burbidge (@eileentso) is Partner at Passion Capital, the leading early-stage technology venture capital investment firm in Europe, based in London. She brings extensive operational experience to her investment activities gleaned from business and product roles at Yahoo!, Skype, Apple and elsewhere. Premoney Miami is around the corner (March 20th) and 500 caught up with speaker and Passion Capital Partner, Eileen Burbidge. Looking back on your last fund, what are your plans for going forward?  My partners at Passion and I are incredibly proud of what we’ve achieved with Passion Fund I — Nearly 4 years after we first launched we now have 41 investee companies, including outstanding examples such as Adzuna, DueDil, Digital Shadows, GoCardless, Lulu, and so many more. Along with the …


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