Tristan Pollock

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Tristan Pollock

Tristan is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups. He co-founded Storefront (raised $10M, acq by OuiOpen) and SocialEarth (acq by 3BL Media), was named Forbes 30 under 30 in 2015, and is a TEDx speaker on creative cities.

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May 09, 2017
May 09, 2017

From Drones to GM, Announcing Batch 21

They are here. Two weeks ago Batch 21 (B21) kicked off at 500 Startups in Mountain View. Thirty-one young companies will now spend the next four months hacking out of the flagship location nestled in the center of Silicon Valley where 500 Startups...
April 24, 2017
April 24, 2017

The Build Up to Batch 20 Demo Day

It’s two weeks out from Batch 20’s demo day and the energy is building in the 500 Startups San Francisco office, also known as 500 Del Norte. Startup team members are flying in from around the world to join their founders in the office in prepa...
February 08, 2017
February 08, 2017

Batch 20 triples down on FinTech and Digital Health, Takes on Uncle Sam with GovTech

500 Startups’ 20th program (B20) in Silicon Valley starts at time that will be remembered across the world. Only three days after a new (and highly controversial) United States government administration has taken power and Silicon Valley is prepar...
August 01, 2016
August 01, 2016

Announcing Batch 18 — Bring on the Bits, Bots and Bods!

We’re proud to announce our 18th cohort of accelerator companies (appropriately called B18) residing in the 500 Startups San Francisco office for the next four months. The batch has a few themes and includes 46 companies total. There is an 11 c...
July 25, 2016
July 25, 2016

The Hunt: How Startups WIN on Product Hunt

Product Hunt (PH) has become the de facto source for new and upcoming technology products. If you get featured on the homepage, the next 24 hours could be glorious: Thousands of site hits, a boost in customers MOAR revenue Massi...
October 27, 2015
October 27, 2015

Silk Road was the fastest growing online marketplace ever — here’s why

First, what is Silk Road? THIS: NOT THIS: Silk Road, the anonymous, dark web, Tor protected, drug marketplace lived for over 2 years online. Eventually the founder, Ross Ulbricht, was caught and arrested. Silk Road 2.0 emerged. Af...
May 07, 2015
May 07, 2015

Periscope vs. Meerkat

I started using Meerkat right as buzz started to build up in early March. For those still unfamiliar, Meerkat is the live streaming app that allows you to view anyone live streaming you follow on Twitter. That’s right, anyone in the world. Within ...
April 08, 2015
April 08, 2015

Silicon Valley Etiquette

I get a lot of emails (563 per day to be exact). I also get a lot of asks for intros. A lot of intros. I don’t throw these numbers out to show how cool I am. The reality is that a lot of people -- probably a lot of the people you’re trying to r...
February 24, 2015
February 24, 2015

14 Marketplace Mistakes That Are Killing Your Startup

One week ago, I hosted my fifth Marketplace Dinner. This particular one took place at the DogVacay headquarters in Santa Monica. Marketplace Dinners are a series of happy hour-esque meetups that bring together founders and leaders at startup co...

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