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May 20, 2016
May 20, 2016

500 Startups Demo Day: Confessions From Batch 16 Founders

The green room at 500 Startups Demo Day is more like a pre-game locker room. Startup founders with intense expressions pace back and forth while others sit alone, their heads slightly bowed as they focus like a laser on the next two minutes. ...
May 18, 2016
FIRE by Josh Berglund, Flickr
May 18, 2016

Startup Founders Talk: The First Time I Fired Someone

500 Startups Managing Partner Christine Tsai experienced mixed emotions the first time she as a founder had to let someone go. "I don't think there was a hesitation that it was the right thing to do, it was just that the person wasn't a great f...
May 05, 2016
Striking Matches, emmafeir, Flickr
May 05, 2016

Monique Woodard: Diversity Isn’t A Goal — It’s Good Business.

"I always knew that I would be an entrepreneur," said Monique Woodard. "I announced at Thanksgiving dinner when I was about 17 or 18 that I wanted to start a business." In her personal bio, Woodard describes herself as a "total geek for consume...
April 28, 2016
Santa Monica, Nathan Makan, Flickr
April 28, 2016

LA’s Startup Ecosystem: Talent, Capital, and… Velocity?

Many of us who've never lived in Los Angeles have strong opinions about the place. It's the galactic center of the media universe, but we snark about its cultural inferiority, inauthenticity and general lack of seriousness. All prejudice is bas...
April 20, 2016
BASA Xmas Rocketry by Todd Lapin, Flickr
April 20, 2016

500’s Tammy Camp: “Growth Hackers Hate The Term ‘Growth Hacker.'”

If getting your startup off the ground is war, you want Tammy Camp in your foxhole. Tammy is a master tactician; a 500 Startups Partner since November 2014, she creates the curriculum for the accelerator's growth-hacking program in Silicon Vall...
April 13, 2016
Ico$ahedron by Gabe Rosiak, Flickr
April 13, 2016

“Good Companies Solving Real Problems” — That Happen To Deal With Your Money

Before becoming 500 Startups' FinTech manager, Sheel Mohnot consulted for a company that was striving to be more competitive after the 2008 financial crisis. When pitching ideas, "the answer was often, 'raise the fees on your customers,'" said ...
April 07, 2016
Oasis by Tom Sagolla, Flickr
April 07, 2016

500 Falcons: A Path To The Oasis For MENA’s Thirsty Startups

In December 2015, 500 Startups unveiled 500 Falcons, a regional micro-fund that covers the MENA region (Middle East + North Africa). Even before launching the fund, which has a target size of $30 million, 500 Startups has made "about 30 deals,"...
March 30, 2016
Cool Classic Convertible Downtown Miami, Phillip Pessar, Flickr
March 30, 2016

Miami’s Startup Ecosystem Only Needs A Little Gas In The Tank

Few of us who live and work in the Bay Area hail from here, but we still have a regional bias; the Bay Area is the best. We enjoy moderate weather, natural beauty and diverse communities that produce culture so rich, we had to coin the word "hella...
March 11, 2016
Kiss, Marcia O'Connor, Flickr
March 11, 2016

500 KISS: (Free) International Legal Perspectives For Founders

For founders, access to sound legal advice early in their process is a key success factor. That also applies to startup ecosystems: when everyone's on a strong legal footing, deals can be done quickly and cheaply, which boosts market liquidity. ...
March 04, 2016
Photo by Subith Premdas
March 04, 2016

Despite Corrections, India’s Startup Environment Is “Business As Usual” — 500 Kulfi’s Pankaj Jain on Risks & Rewards

Editor’s Note: The following post is the third of a 3-part research series from Walter Thompson, 500 Startups Journalist-in-Residence, covering the India ecosystem. More India coverage here: Startup India: What Investors & Founders...

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