Aug 20, 2015 On Our Blog

Announcing 500 Distro in MIAMI, BABY!

Ah, Miami. Beaches, vice, and MONEY, baby.
What other reasons do you need to launch a 500 Distro Program in this hub of hubs for the Latin Americas innovation ecosystem?
Our Miami Distro Program brings 500 staff and mentors from Silicon Valley, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, together to throw one big investor / growth marketer beach party that’s going to rock Miami for 10 straight weeks.


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Aug 19, 2015 On Our Blog

Diversity debt: how much does your startup have?

There are a lot of ways to look at diversity, but the most helpful way I have found is called “diversity debt.” In the same way that engineers can accrue “technical debt” when they push out sloppy code, or business owners can accrue “bookkeeping debt” when they procrastinate their financials until tax time, companies can also accrue diversity debt over their life cycle. The more people your company hires until you have a diverse team (meaning an array of genders, LGBT, socio-economic backgrounds, ethnicities, ages, able-bodiedness, etc.) — the more diversity debt your organization has accrued. The diversity problem in tech is rampant everywhere you look. Facebook only hired 7 black people out of 1,231 hires in 2013, and only added 26 …


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Aug 17, 2015 On Our Blog

500 Startups Announces New Investment Partners in Vietnam

500 Startups is proud to announce Binh Tran and Eddie Thai as venture partners. This comes shortly after increased efforts in Southeast Asia, including the launch of growth-stage acceleration service “Distro Dojo” in Malaysia, the 500 TukTuks fund for Thailand, and the extension of 500 Durians for Southeast Asia. Binh Tran brings more than 20 years of experience in tech.  A technologist and a four-time founder, his latest win was Klout, the Kleiner Perkins-backed social marketing startup that was acquired in 2014 at a US$200M valuation.  Binh will reside both in San Francisco and Ho Chi Minh City, allowing him to work with Vietnamese American founders building startups for their homeland as well as supporting teams with global aspirations. Binh …


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Aug 12, 2015 On Our Blog

5 Startup Landing Page TEARDOWNS

Landing pages can change fast and A LOT — especially startup landing pages, and especially if you’re doing growth right (aka running experiments).
ConversionXL’s Peep Laja tears down (in a cuddly way) a few of landing pages from the recent 500 Startups Batch 13. If these solid companies had this much to improve, what could YOU be doing better?


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