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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July 31, 2015
July 31, 2015

500 Startups Announces Batch 14 in San Francisco

Heeeyyyyy yo! Can you believe we’re already on our 14th accelerator batch? For those of you keeping track, this is our fourth batch in San Francisco! As always, our companies have all types of founders from everywhere on the globe. 38% of our c...
July 22, 2015
July 22, 2015

Join the #500Strong Family – Land 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, August 5th 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 14) and wow ...
June 09, 2015
June 09, 2015

Episode 54 – Brendon Kim & Jacopo Lenzi, Samsung Global Innovation Center

This week, 500 speaks with Brendon Kim and Jacopo Lenzi of Samsung's Global Innovation Center. Brendon Kim has been investing in early stage start-up companies for over 18 years. He is currently Managing Director and head of the Strategic Investme...
June 08, 2015
June 08, 2015

Q&A with Marlon Nichols, Investment Director at Intel Capital

Marlon Nichols (@MarlonCNichols) is Investment Director at Intel Capital (iCap) and Founding Partner at Cross Culture Ventures. At Intel Capital Marlon leads investments in women and minority led technology startups through iCap’s Diversity Fund. ...
June 03, 2015
June 03, 2015

Q&A with David Hornik, General Partner at August Capital

David Hornik (@davidhornik) is General Partner at August Capital, a venture capital investment firm based in Menlo Park. He invests broadly in information technology companies, with a focus on enterprise application and infrastructure software and...
May 28, 2015
May 28, 2015

Q&A with David Lee, Founder of Shakr

David Lee (@davidyhlee) is the founder and CEO of Shakr, a service that allows small businesses and individuals to create professional-quality videos using photos and video clips. Lee is based in Seoul and I had the opportunity to ask him a few qu...
May 15, 2015
May 15, 2015

500 ROAD SHOW – 2015 GLOBAL TOUR

Join our 500 Startups Transatlantic tour! We’re back on the road and want to meet YOU. Come meet members from our investment team and learn more about building your startup. We want to meet some of the world's most promising startups. Our evening ...
May 07, 2015
May 07, 2015

COMMERCISM Comrade Q&A: Part 2 With Shopify’s Chief Platform Officer

500 Startups has always been bullish about online commerce, despite economic fluctuations. The future of commerce is not in traditional brick & mortar stores, but in the innovative online plays from companies like ModCloth, Polyvore and Shopif...
May 07, 2015
May 07, 2015

Upcoming Events in NYC, Russia, Estonia, Croatia & Germany

In this post.... SMASH Summit - Thurs, Jul 26th, NYC Geeks on a Plane 'Eastern Europe'  - Sept 18 - 20, Moscow, Tallin, Zagreb, & Berlin (more details below). up next... At SMASH,  we'll cover new tactics, "hack-tics", and strategies ...
May 05, 2015
May 05, 2015

Five Years @ 500 Startups — Oops, More Like One Thousand Startups!

After five years of busting our butts at 500 Startups, we recently invested in our 1,000th company (actually, we think it happened sometime in March). That’s over 1,000 investments in amazing startups around the world by our team of 50+ badasses w...

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