Apr 9, 2015 Official Announcement


At 500 Startups, we are committed to balancing the gender ratio on both sides of the table – founders AND investors. That’s why today we’re announcing #50/50 FOR #500WOMEN, a 50% tuition scholarship to qualified women applicants to our Insider’s Guide to Silicon Valley Investing with the Stanford Center for Professional Development.

Apr 8, 2015 On Our Blog

Silicon Valley Etiquette

As a Minnesotan in Silicon Valley, I learned a lot of tech founder subtleties the hard way. Today, I’m sharing some of these mundane but incredibly important notes on communication, to give other founders and tech people that have relocated from different parts of the US or world a head start in the Valley.

Apr 7, 2015 On Our Blog

Distro Tigers: Growth Lessons Learned in Hong Kong and Taiwan

500 Distro and two awesome mentors just got back from a 9-day trip to Taipei and Hong Kong. These are two talent-filled ecosystems in the “Asian Tiger” constellation of developed economies that have a lot going for them. A recap of challenges and opportunities from our perspective focused on startup growth and distribution.

Apr 2, 2015 On Our Blog

Why Facebook Doesn’t Work for Health

Post contributed by Eric Peacock and Mary Ray, co-founders of MyHealthTeams. MyHealthTeams believes that if you are diagnosed with a chronic health condition, it should be easy to find the best people around to help you. To date, they have launched MyAutismTeam (for parents of kids with autism), MyBCTeam (women with breast cancer), and most recently MyMSTeam (individuals with multiple sclerosis). 500 Startups was an investor in MyHealthTeams’ seed round over the summer. A recent statistic from the CDC reported that 1 in 50 kids in America will be diagnosed with autism. Chances are someone in your life will be affected by it – perhaps your friend’s son, a daughter of an employee in your startup, or even your own child. …