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January 17, 2021
January 17, 2021

The 8 Questions Investors Should Ask about Blockchain Projects

1. Does the team have relevant industry experience and technology background? From a tech perspective, typical relevant backgrounds include: distributed network, cryptography, security.  Do they have credible advisors and/ or early investors...
November 03, 2020
November 03, 2020

500 Startups Reimagines its Miami Growth Program to Boost Founder Success

One year ago my colleagues Anabella Rojas, Richard MacDonald, Jr. and I met for our annual end of program debrief. We had just completed the second Miami Growth Program and were looking for ways to further improve its curriculum. An observation we...
July 30, 2020
July 30, 2020

Used-car platform recorded a V-shaped recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. How did they do it?

“We attribute our strong recovery to three key reasons.” Eric Cheng, the co-founder and CEO of second-hand car platform Carsome, answered me promptly over our Zoom call.  I had poked to know exactly what helped the company record a V-sh...
July 22, 2019
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July 22, 2019

Snacking on Growth in Miami

Breaking Down the Business of Startup Growth: Did you know that each day we provide a snack to founders? The Snack daily newsletter provides tips for startup growth-hacking that are fun and easy to digest. Founders sign up to learn some cool ne...
May 21, 2019
May 21, 2019

Misk 500 MENA Accelerator Celebrates First Demo Day

Its been one week since the Misk 500 Batch 1 Demo Day and we’re still smiling. The energy in the room in Riyadh, on May 13th, was palpable. The 19 companies were on FIRE and rose to the occasion to give the best versions of their pitches. Due to t...
March 19, 2019
Key B2B Metrics You Need To Know About Your Company When Pitching An Investor
March 19, 2019

Key B2B Metrics You Need To Communicate To An Investor

Are you selling your product to another business? Whether your customer segment is an SMB or an enterprise, you need to get a handle on your key B2B metrics before you talk to an investor! No matter how novel an idea you have, investors hear m...
March 12, 2019
March 12, 2019

Miami’s Blooming Ecosystem

Image Gallery: 500 Startups Unity + Inclusion Miami 500 recently hosted another hugely successful Unity + Inclusion Summit in Miami on Thursday, March 7th, where over 200 entrepreneurs, investors, and members of the tech community gathered to addr...
March 06, 2019
March 06, 2019

Reinventing Private Wealth Management: Staying Ahead of Disruption in the Industry

Over the last few years, technologies like smart portfolios and robo-advisors have moved from gimmicky concepts to genuine competitive threats. The financial services industry as a whole has long recognized that it faced the threat of disruption. ...
March 06, 2019
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March 06, 2019

Key B2C Metrics You Need To Know About Your Company When Pitching An Investor

As a startup founder, you know metrics matter! You’ve got a fancy funnel that captures customer impressions all the way down to conversions, but do you know how to convey key B2c metrics into customer insights quickly in an investor or accelerator...
March 05, 2019
March 05, 2019

In Review: Batch 24 Demo Day

On February 28th, 2019, at Bespoke in San Francisco, 500 Startups Batch 24 celebrated the completion of our 4-month accelerator program with Demo Day. The invite-only event for active and accredited investors brought together the largest crowd yet...

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