Aug 28, 2018 On Our Blog

The evolution of crypto – It’s time to ship some product

Is crypto just another trading platform or can it evolve into something with real long-term value? If you’re reading Cointelegraph, Cryptonews, or other industry outlets, you’ll notice the news is dominated by coin trading information, from BTC price changes to the analysis of alt-coin price movements. To a casual observer, crypto is highly focused on coin trading, much of which is driven by speculators. There’s less of an emphasis on the long-term value of the underlying products in crypto. Functional products are few and far between, and the majority of coins have little practical use as a way to pay for products or services. Speculation does have some positive effects on the ecosystem. More speculators buying coins tends to drive …


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Aug 24, 2018 On Our Blog

500 Blockchain Wants You!
Are you ready to turbocharge your project?

500 Blockchain Track is Back and Open for Enrollment! Join us and learn how to turbocharge your project. No matter where you are in the world, if you are a passionate team looking to push the forefront of blockchain innovation using your experience in distributed networks, cryptography and security, we want you! We understand building a truly impactful blockchain-oriented company can be a daunting journey. 500 is here for you. As part of our flagship 500 seed accelerator program, our tailored “blockchain track” will guide you through the ins-and-outs of global community building and marketing, token design, business development, hiring, and much more. In Borderless Blockchain We Trust. We know building a blockchain company means building a global company from …


Aug 22, 2018 Official Announcement

Announcing 500 Startups Latin America Batch Nine!

500 Startups is thrilled to announce our latest batch from our Latin America Seed Program! Based out of Mexico City this new batch consists of founders from all over Latin America; with companies from Chile (1 company), Colombia (3 companies), Mexico (5 companies), and Peru (2 companies). The 4-month intensive Seed Program will focus on legal, product, sales/all things growth, culture, fundraising, and more, which prepares the companies for the culminating Demo Days taking place in Mexico City and Bogota November 15th and the 22nd. Companies will continue to put in the hard day to day work with the local 500 team, investors, and more then 15 international mentors that will be visiting us throughout the 16 week program. We’re …


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Aug 16, 2018 On Our Blog

Making Crypto Taxes Less Cryptic

Roughly 5% of Americans own crypto assets, but only 0.04% of those people reported crypto gains or losses on their taxes. Clearly, something doesn’t add up, and the government tax collecting agencies are starting to notice the delta as well. Although regulations are still playing catch up in many countries, the tax law is often clear: you need to pay taxes on the gains. When it comes to traditional assets, governments rely on financial institutions such as banks and brokerage firms as a check and balance against consumers hiding their gains. However, no such audit record exists in the crypto world. Now governments are starting to build their own audit tools in order to examine the transactions of traders and …


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Aug 14, 2018 On Our Blog

Third Time’s a Charm:
500 Kobe Accelerator Program Returns

500 couldn’t stay away for too long! We are proud to officially announce that we are returning to one of our favorite cities – Kobe, Japan! Since last year’s program with our Kobe City partners was such a success, we are together launching the 2018 500 Kobe Accelerator program for a third consecutive year, which will kick off this fall for six weeks. 500 will bring our Silicon Valley expertise and mentors, who will focus on growth marketing for emerging companies in Kobe and beyond, while also boosting Japanese and international entrepreneurship in the region. The international scope of the program aims not only to work with Japanese companies but with startups from around the world, who are invited to one …


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Aug 6, 2018 On Our Blog

Road to Series A:
Growth Program lands in Miami!

We told you we were excited to join the Miami heat and tech wave, and we are delivering. 500 Startups Miami is thrilled to share that its hallmark Growth Program: Road to Series A has landed in Miami. If you are, or you know, a high-potential tech startup seeking to scale up in a sustainable way, this is for you! The 10-week Road to Series A program, leveraging our global network and expertise, focuses on helping high-growth tech startups reach the next level of scalable and repeatable growth. Only 10 startups will be selected to participate in this program, with a special focus on those with operations in the South-Eastern US and Latam regions. Selected startups will get to work …


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Aug 1, 2018 On Our Blog

Announcing 500 Summer School for Blockchain!

Three weeks ago, 500 Startups launched a new summer education program for blockchain companies in San Francisco. The new cohort consists of six innovative startups from four countries, all working in the cryptocurrency and blockchain space, many of them post-token offering and rapidly growing. The participants’ solutions range from helping governments collect and audit crypto trader taxes, to innovative human resources systems helping companies find and hire the best employees, to the next Bloomberg for the Crypto world. The beginning of a new tradition at 500, this program will run over the summer and will be focused on helping crypto companies develop focused growth strategies specifically tailored for their industry and carrying no investment. 500 Partner Robert Neivert and Entrepreneur …


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