Aug 19, 2014 On Our Blog

Join the #500Strong Family – Get a Job at One of Our Companies!

Want to get on the fast track to working at an kickass startup? We’re hosting a Job Fair on Wednesday, September 3rd at our HQ in San Francisco, CA. From 4-6pm, you’ll get a chance to meet founders in our current batch of startups (Batch 10) and wow them with your awesome skills and sparkling personality. In addition to working an early stage startup, you’d get to experience everything that comes with 500’s accelerator program – working out of our awesome office space, meeting tons of people in the 500 family, attending events and fireside chats with big-name founders, and more. What kinds of candidates are our startups looking for? Pretty much anyone who can help, as long as they’re passionate …

Aug 14, 2014 On Our Blog

How Startups Can Navigate the PR Puzzle

The following post was contributed by Leta Soza, PR Engineer at AirPR. Follow her @LetaSoza. I’d like to set the record straight about 2 very important things: PR does NOT stand for Press Release Media relations isn’t the only function of this oft misunderstood industry With the proliferation of technology and democratization of information, the PR landscape has shifted dramatically. The pieces that make up the PR puzzle are growing more expansive and, to a certain extent, highly specialized. Are you familiar with all that PR can do for your startup? PR is morphing into an area of business dependent upon strategic, data-driven decision making and we all need to jump on the bandwagon if we’re to continue to tell compelling stories …

Aug 6, 2014 Official Announcement

500 Startups Announces Batch 10 in San Francisco

Can you believe we’re already on our 10th accelerator batch? For those of you keeping track, this is our second batch in San Francisco, and our very FIRST batch in our fancy new office. As always, our companies have all types of founders from everywhere on the globe. There are 28 companies in this group, and 11 of the 28 companies (39%) have at least one woman on the founding team. Additionally, 18 of 28 (64%) have at least one foreign‐born founder. If you’re big on geography, you’ll be happy to know that 4 of the companies are from the Bay Area, but most of the teams come from other parts of the world, including LA, NYC, Canada, Europe, Asia, and the Middle …

Aug 4, 2014 Podcasts

Episode 45 – Ryan Fujiu, Product Lead On Lyft’s Growth Team

We spoke with Ryan Fujiu of Lyft about mobile, leveraging communities for growth, offline marketing, customer research, user on-boarding optimization, and more! There are a lot of meaty tips in this interview, so be sure to take notes. Catch Ryan and other awesome speakers at our growth conference later this week. RSVP now: Don’t forget – you can subscribe to us (and give us a rating!) on Stitcher and iTunes, too.

Jul 29, 2014 Official Announcement

You Better Work – Batch 9 Takes on Demo Day

Today’s a big day for Batch 9 – they’re pitching at demo day. Here are all the links you need to follow along.  Check out all the pitch decks on SlideShare Follow along on Twitter with the hashtag #500Strong Check out the companies on Product Hunt and MatterMark Good luck Batch 9!

Jul 22, 2014 On Our Blog

Startup PR: Your 4-Part Guide for Interview Preparation in a Pinch

The following post was contributed by Leta Soza, PR Engineer at AirPR. Follow her @LetaSoza. You’ve reviewed the 7 Signs You’re Ready for PR and you’ve landed an interview with star business reporter after chatting them up at a networking event. Giggles dispersed, you now come to terms with the part that makes you panic: They want to interview you tomorrow! You choose to: A) Feign illness (complete with faux coughing) while making the call to cancel. B) Politely ask if the reporter would mind rescheduling (Until you’ve had enough time to build key messaging, prepare talking points, and buy the perfect interview outfit) C) Accept with enthusiasm, kick it into overdrive, and nail down some strategic talking points stat. You’ll dedicate …