Jess Erickson

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Jess Erickson

Jess loves technology, equality and people, which is why she’s 500’s Director of Diversity. She is also the founder of the global women in tech organization Geekettes. A professional surfer of the web, she’s finally ready to settle back at home after seven years abroad and become an amateur surfer of the West Coast waves.

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March 03, 2016
March 03, 2016

Diversity & Entrepreneurship Summit (NYC)

Last month we co-hosted our first Diversity & Entrepreneurship Summit in NYC with our new partner DigitalOcean. Participants connected with venture partners, founders and leaders from Silicon Valley & NYC’s tech startup communities. This i...
January 06, 2016
January 06, 2016

Where Are They Now?

We’re excited to announce the return of our flagship VC training program, Venture Capital Unlocked: Secrets of Silicon Valley Investing (formerly called IGSVI). 500 Startups, in partnership with the Stanford Center for Professional Development, wi...
December 29, 2015
December 29, 2015

Where Are They Now?

We’re excited to announce the return of our flagship VC training program, Venture Capital Unlocked: Secrets of Silicon Valley Investing (formerly called IGSVI). 500 Startups, in partnership with the Stanford Center for Professional Development, wi...
December 21, 2015
December 21, 2015

Where Are They Now?

(The first in a three part series catching up with past VC Unlocked participants. Find out how the program benefited them, as well as their best advice for those who are thinking of investing.)  We’re excited to announce the return of our flags...
December 09, 2015
December 09, 2015

Seoul Searching

At 500 Startups, our team of 100 people manage seed investments in 18 countries and speak over 20 languages. We are a diverse family that is often flying from Silicon Valley to different corners of the world. Right now some of my colleagues are tr...
November 25, 2015
November 25, 2015

Q&A with Jake Park, Founder and CEO of Between

In this Q&A, we get to know Jake Park (29), Founder & CEO of Between, a beautiful messaging and photo sharing app for couples. Learn more about Jake’s approach to fundraising, Seoul startups, and more below. [embed]https://www.youtube.c...
November 05, 2015
November 05, 2015

Welcome Batch 15! Plus, Batch 16 Applications Now Open

It's a big day for us at 500 Startups. Today, we officially open applications for Batch 16 on AngelList, and welcome the arrival of our Batch 15 companies! Batch 15 is a group of scrappy start-ups that explores unusual markets, including pos...
November 02, 2015
Happy Demo-Ween!
November 02, 2015

A Very Haunted Demo Day

500 is not your typical VC. So it should come to no surprise that when it comes to important events like Demo Day, we like to do things a little differently. As 500 Partner and Master of Ceremonies Sean Percival quipped, "This is not YC Demo Da...
September 10, 2015
September 10, 2015

9 notable young companies from the 500 Startups demo extravaganza

Pulsating with high-energy startup fever, the 10th 500 Startups Day in Mountain View yesterday afternoon offered the best of what 33 young companies in Batch 12 had on offer to enhance the way we live and work.    
September 07, 2015
September 07, 2015

Small Small World; Big Big Family

Today 500 Startups is proud to announce several new investing partners around the world to help us invest in Japan, Eastern Europe, Germany, Israel, and Turkey. In addition to these new geographies, 500 continues to invest globally in many fast-gr...

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