#500Strong Rules The Universe (Well, At Least For Two Days)

Jess Erickson

April 14, 2011

Designed by Elliot Loh, 500 SuperMentor

Last week, we held our first-ever Demo Days at the 500 Startups Secret Lair. Over two days, our startups from the 500 Accelerator program, as well as a few seed companies, presented to a collective audience of ~300 people (and almost 500 viewing via live stream).

What was most impressive about the Demo Days? Our companies, natch. But what else was impressive was the sheer POWER and camaraderie of the 500 community. Both in the Twittersphere and in person, you couldn’t get away from #500Strong. The 500 network of founders, mentors, and supporters-at-large showed just how awesome this community is. We can’t help but feel warm fuzzy feelings inside every time we think about all that love! <3

A few notable press hits from the Demo Days:








If you missed the live stream or want to re-watch any of the pitches, check out the videos below:

Thursday April 7th morning session (Part 1):

Thursday April 7th morning session (Part 2):

Finally, a complete list of all the companies that presented:

500 Startups Accelerator Companies


InternMatch connects students with amazing internships. The founders are Andrew Maguire, Nathan Parcells, and Kyle Wilkinson. Follow them on Twitter at @internmatch. Connect with them on AngelList at angel.com/internmatch-1.

Spoondate is the easiest way to meet and eat with someone wherever you go. The founders are Raissa Nebie and Van Nguyen. Follow them on Twitter at @spoondate. Connect with them on AngelList at angel.co/spoondate

Punchd puts loyalty cards on your smartphone. Businesses get analytics & a way to recognize, reward, contact their regular customers directly. The founders are Reed Morse, Niket Desai, and Xander Pollock. Follow them on Twitter at @getpunchd. Connect with them on AngelList at angel.co/punchd

Rewardli is a social commerce platform that lets small businesses pool their buying power to get cash back and discounts on their purchases. The founders are George Favvas and Jean-Sebastien Boulanger. Follow them on Twitter at @rewardli. Connect with them on AngelList at angel.co/rewardli

Visual.ly is 2 things: a platform for exploring, sharing, and promoting great visualizations, and a service that connects dataviz pros, to advertisers & publishers looking for compelling content. The founders are Stew Langille and Lee Sherman. Follow them on Twitter at @visually. Connect with them on AngelList at angel.co/visually.

Get connected IRL. Wednesdays makes it easy to coordinate face-to-face lunches with colleagues, interest groups, and friends. The founders are Hugh Olliphant and Andy Chen. Follow them on Twitter at @wednesdayslunch. Connect with them on AngelList at angel.co/wednesdays

YongoPal is mobile photo-sharing for English learning and cultural exploration. The founders are Darien Brown, Daron Hall, and Jiho Kang. Follow them on Twitter at @yongopal. Connect with them on AngelList at angel.co/yongopal

Ninua connects readers and writers through social news exploration. Largest Facebook news app. New mobile app. 1.7M active users and growing. Check out Jay Jamison’srecent post on Ninua’s prototype. The founder is Waleed Abdulla. Follow them on Twitter at @ninuanews. Connect with them on AngelList at angel.co/ninua

Crowdrally is making videos social. The founders are Evan Kuo and Andy Chen. Connect with them on AngelList at angel.co/crowdrally


Baydin is building the future of email. The founders are Alex Moore, Aye Moah, and Michael Chin. Follow them on Twitter at @baydinsoftware. Connect with them on AngelList at angel.co/baydin

SpeakerGram is the easiest way to book and manage speaking engagements. The founders are Sam Rosen and Dana Levine. Follow them on Twitter at @speakergram. Connect with them on AngelList at angel.co/speakergram

955 Dreams is a new media publishing company focused on the Music and Education verticals. The founder is Kiran Bellubbi. Follow them on Twitter at @955dreams. Connect with them on AngelList at angel.co/955-dreams

500 Startups Seed Companies

Tokyo-based startup myGengo is the Mechanical Turk for translation: A platform and API for human translation at huge scale. The founders are Robert Laing and Matthew Romaine. Follow them on Twitter at @mygengo. Connect with them on AngelList at angel.co/mygengo-1

Saygent is the world’s smartest voice response & analysis SaaS for superior customer insights at scale without using costly call centers. The founders are Guy Hirsch and Mariya Genzel. Follow them on Twitter at @saygent. Connect with them on AngelList at angel.co/saygent

Volta is an A/B testing framework for live, outbound phone calls. The founder is Patrick Stockwell. Follow them on Twitter at @getvolta. Connect with them on AngelList at angel.co/volta

Too much email? AwayFind puts an end to constant email interruptions, only notifying you with messages that matter NOW — via mobile/SMS/etc. The founder is Jared Goralnick. Follow them on Twitter at @awayfind. Connect with them on AngelList at angel.co/awayfind-1

Social Stork bottles the social activity of new moms and gives advice, community, and contextual introductions to the perfect baby products along the journey. The founder is Joel Auge. Connect with them on AngelList at angel.co/social-stork

Evoz connects busy moms to their babies from ANYWHERE and delivers personalized parenting content and services based on their baby’s data. The founders are Avishai Shoham, Yasmin Lukatz, and Ruwan Welaratna. Follow them on Twitter at @evozmonitors. Connect with them on AngelList at angel.co/evo

Motion Math creates learning games for mobile, turning math’s stumbling blocks into delightful game experiences. The founders are Jacob Klein and Gabriel Adauto. Follow them on Twitter at @motionmath. Connect with them on AngelList at angel.co/motion-math

ReadyForZero is online financial software that tracks your credit card debt, and helps you make and follow a plan to eliminate it. The founders are Rod Ebrahimi and Ignacio Thayer. Follow them on Twitter at @readyforzero. Connect with them on AngelList atangel.co/readyforzero-1

WorkersNow is an online staffing platform that is changing the way blue-collar workers are hired. The founders are Pablo Fuentes, Joe Mellin, and Sean Falconer. Follow them on Twitter at @workersnow. Connecrt with them on AngelList at angel.co/workersnow-1

GinzaMetrics makes website optimization for search and social media simple, fast and super- scalable. The founder is Ray Grieselhuber. Follow them on Twitter at @ginzametrics. Connect with them on AngelList at angel.co/ginzametrics

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