Feb 13, 2018 On Our Blog

How to Attract (and Scale)
Deal Flow

Most VCs think they can predict the future when it comes to early stage deals. At 500, we’re more realistic about our strengths and weaknesses as seed stage investors. We realized early on that building high-velocity deal flow – more than the art of predicting winners – was our super power and we’ve built on that strategy ever since. (We’ve been shouting our investment strategy and portfolio approach from the rooftops since 2010. Read more about how we pick investments) We’re sharing that approach, as well as some tips on how to build a pipeline of high-quality deals that can scale in the future, in today’s blog post. From hundreds to thousands When you’re just getting started as a VC, …


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Aug 28, 2017 On Our Blog

How 500 Startups picks investments

How do you evaluate a potential startup investment? This is inevitably one of the first questions I’m asked when talking to aspiring VCs at industry events and programs like VC Unlocked, and rightfully so. Ask around and you’ll hear about the hours clocked and the expensive mistakes a VC has to make in order to develop the muscle memory and pattern recognition to succeed in this industry. Throw in the influx of capital chasing fewer high-potential startups, and it becomes increasingly clear that early stage investors need to arm themselves with something stronger than gut instinct. For investors looking to break into the industry, that means honing in on their opportunity assessment framework and filters that allow them to mitigate …


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May 26, 2015 On Our Blog

500 Investors

We recently wrapped up our first-ever investor training in partnership with Stanford Center for Professional Development.

Our full class brought together 34 impressively awesome participants — 16 women and 18 men from 14 countries around the world.


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Apr 9, 2015 Official Announcement

CALLING ALL WOMEN INVESTORS

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.


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