Jan 29, 2016 On the Web

Dave McClure of 500 Startups on KVIE

Super Angel Investor Dave McClure is a founding partner of 500 Startups, a seed accelerator and related investment fund. Dave McClure sits down with host Scott Syphax to talk about the partnership and Sacramento’s burgeoning tech scene.

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Jan 29, 2016 On Our Blog

Before You Acquire, Reactivate — How to Reactivate Your Dormant Email List (Includes Scripts)

I recently released The Ultimate Email Playbook — 43 Scripts for Startups, my 78-page tome based on my work helping hundreds of startups step up their email marketing game. Today I wanted to share some templates and further thoughts on one of the biggest problems in email marketing — how to reactivate dormant subscribers. We’ll start out with a crash course on dormancy in email marketing, and then get into some templates below. ———- While it’s sexy to acquire new users (just google image search “new user acquisition sexy” and you’ll see what I mean), it’s smarter and cheaper to do as much as you can to reactivate the users and subscribers you already have. Duh! And yet, if it’s …

Jan 27, 2016 On Our Blog

Announcing Batch 16 — 500’s Largest Cohort EVARRRRR!

500 Startups is proud to bring you Batch 16, the largest accelerator cohort in 500 Startups history with 53 companies in total. Batch 16 has five major industry themes: FinTech Digital Health ViceTech HR/workforce development SportsTech A majority of the Batch 16 companies are later-stage seed companies making between $10,000 and $100,000 per month in revenue. As has been the case with recent batches in the 500 Startups accelerator, they will focus on distribution and fundraising. Diversity of the accelerator company founders remains strong: 26% of Batch 16 have at least one female founder and 32% are from outside Silicon Valley or the U.S. States represented include: Minnesota North Carolina Pennsylvania Iowa Florida District of Columbia Indiana Massachusetts New York …

Jan 25, 2016 Founder Stories and Insights

Inside the 500 Accelerator, Week 0: Growing Fast & Getting (Highly) Uncomfortable

This is the first post in a weekly series from founder Troy Sultan and his team at Resource, currently a part of 500 Accelerator Batch 16.  Troy will be documenting Resource’s trials and wins throughout Batch 16, so you’ll get an (only mildly censored 🙂 look behind the scenes at the 500 Accelerator.    [continued] It’s crucial we’re on the same page before starting our journey through 500— really, truly on the same page. All elephants out of the room, pain points alleviated, and with a solid plan for how we’ll succeed. This starts with me and my ability to lead and communicate. I’m vowing now to do a better job keeping us aligned as a team. This as a …

Jan 22, 2016 On Our Blog

Countdown to Venture Capital Unlocked – 4 spots left

Its T minus 2 weeks until our next session of Venture Capital Unlocked: Secrets of Silicon Valley Investing. We are currently in the final stages of selecting participants for our joint program with the Stanford Center for Professional Development that runs Feb 8th – 19th. As of now, there are only four spots left (apply here.) Speaker List   Our visiting instructor and speaker list so far includes: Mark Suster (Upfront Ventures) David Hornik (August Capital) Judith Elsea (Weathergage Capital) Tim Draper (Draper Fisher Jurvetson) Jason Calacanis (Launch, Inside.com) Aydin Senkut (Felicis Ventures) Jeff Clavier (SoftTech VC) and many others Speakers will be opening up to program participants about the challenges they’ve faced in early stage tech investing, including how to access to …

Jan 19, 2016 On Our Blog

Announcing Distro Dojo Malaysia 2016

Growth marketing is about to blow up Southeast Asia — again.
500 Distro’s 10 week Distro Dojo growth program for post-seed companies is now accepting applications for the Spring 2016 cohort in Kuala Lumpur, from March 1 through May 15. More on how startups can apply here.

Jan 6, 2016 On Our Blog

Where Are They Now?

We’re excited to announce the return of our flagship VC training program, Venture Capital Unlocked: Secrets of Silicon Valley Investing (formerly called IGSVI). 500 Startups, in partnership with the Stanford Center for Professional Development, will be once again running this popular two-week program. In this program, individuals will learn 500s investment playbook and gain firsthand access to world-famous Silicon Valley VCs, Angels, SV startups and entrepreneurs (including 500’s portfolio). This session will run from February 8-19, 2016. For more information and to apply, please visit: 500.vc/apply 500 Diversity Scholarship We’re pleased to announce that we will be offering several 12K scholarships to selected investors from backgrounds that have been traditionally underrepresented in venture capital, including women and candidates from diverse …