Authors

500 Startups Team

Jess Erickson

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.

Aaron Blumenthal

Aaron is a venture partner at 500 Startups. Previously he co-founded four different companies and has been a member of three founding teams, including one notable exit. At different points in his career, Aaron held the #1 SEO ranking for "car insurance" in Google, Yahoo! and Bing for 18 months, and he held the #1 position for casino games in iTunes App Store for 12 days.

Amit Bhatti

Ana Paula González

Andres Wydler

Andres Wydler Executive Director, StartOut Andres Wydler is the Executive Director of StartOut, the largest national nonprofit organization supporting LGBTQ entrepreneurs. He has two decades of successful start-up experience as a co-founder, executive, angel investor, advisor, and board member. Andres’ career focused on corporate and business development, predominantly with early stage technology firms. Over the last decade, he raised equity and debt financing from first tier VCs, investment banks, strategic investors, and economic development partners. He secured government funds to augment private capital and completed acquisitions in the US, Europe, and Latin America. Most of his director and advisor positions focused on fast growing software and clean tech companies. Andres also co-founded an angel group that invested in and exited tech firms with cross-border strategies, and continues to be active in the space. Andres earned an MBA from Stanford and a JD equivalent (lic. iur.) from the University of Zurich’s law school. He developed and lectured a course on Clean Tech Entrepreneurship at Stanford University’s continuing studies program.

Anna Heim

Anna Heim

Bedy Yang

Bedy Yang

Bedy uses her multi-cultural powers to find startups and partners for 500 in Brazil/Latin America.

Caitlin Glazebrook

Caitlin Glazebrook

Cara Mathis

Christine Tsai

Christine Tsai is the Founding Partner and CEO of 500 Startups.

Christine Tsai

Christine Tsai

Christine can herd pugs like no other. Before 500, she was at Google and YouTube for many years. She is a proud Cal Bear, leftie, and moonlights as 500's resident choreographer.

Clayton Bryan

Clayton Bryan is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups.

Courtney Powell

Christine Tsai and Dave McClure

Christine Tsai and Dave McClure

Eddie Thai

Eddie Thai

Emily King

Emily is on 500's Portfolio Management team, where she helps manage our community of over 2,000 portfolio companies.

Enis Hulli

Enis Hulli

Flavio Dias

Gesche Haas

Gesche Haas is the Founder/CEO of Dreamers & Doers, a private collective that amplifies the entrepreneurial pursuits of extraordinary womxn through visibility opportunities, resource exchange, and collective support. Furthermore, Dreamers & Doers has built an entrepreneurial ecosystem of over 30,000 womxn globally. Gesche's views on the tech space and beyond have been featured on Bloomberg TV, CNNMoney, The New York Times, Huffington Post, Business Insider, Forbes, Fortune Magazine, Refinery29, Broadly/Vice, and other major media outlets, as well as at the United Nations, where she spoke during the sixtieth session of the Commission on the Status of Women. Gesche was also awarded "2016 Empowered Woman of the Year" by WWD/Variety/Ciroc, was named among "Best of Tech on Twitter" by CB Insights, and recognized as one of Techweek's "New York 2017 Talent Cultivators". Prior to founding Dreamers & Doers, Gesche held senior positions at multiple venture-backed startups in roles covering growth, strategy, finance, business operations, business development, and more. She also spent five years as an investor at a healthcare-focused hedge fund (~$3bn AUM, SAC spin-off).

Guest Author

Guest Author

Guest Blogger

Guest Blogger

Hasan Haider

Hasan Haider

Hasan is a Partner at 500 Startups taking care of the MENA region. He believes in building thriving ecosystems across the region, investing in startups and having a lasting impact. A reformed investment banker, startup founder and founder of one of the first angel investment groups in the MENA region, he's been active in the region's budding ecosystem since 2007.

Itali Collini

Itali Collini

Janelle Apaydin

Janelle is a marketing lead for the global ecosystems team which partners with corporates, investors, governments, and foundations around the world to unlock innovation.

Jenna Birch

Jenna Birch is a longtime journalist, and content strategist for startups, entrepreneurs and VCs. She is author of The Love Gap: A Radical Plan to Win in Life & Love (Grand Central Publishing), and her work has been published in The Washington Post, Vogue, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Harper's Bazaar, The Helm, InStyle, HuffPost, and more.

Juan Martitegui

Juan Martitegui

Juan Martitegui

Juan Martitegui

MindValley Hispano co-founder and COO, IronMan, and 500 Mexico Mentor. Made in Argentina, this father of 2 joined Mindvalley in 2008. Juan’s sales and marketing mindset, plus the growth and scaling strategies he learned in the corporate world ( IBM, a few Oil and Gas companies, Telefonica Group and others) made him the right guy to become Mindvalley's first COO. While helping grow and structure Mindvalley in 2009 and 2010, Juan decided to try a little experiment in the Hispanic Market... Today Mindvalley Hispano, the company he co-founded, is one of the biggest (we've stayed a little bit humble, so we don't say THE biggest) digital Personal Growth publishers in the Hispanic Market with over a million subscribers and multiple 7 figures in revenue. And, Juan and his team are just getting started. Mindvalley Hispano is also pioneering a Completely Virtual "Results Only Work Environment" where everyone works from home with no schedules, they come to the office only if they want to. He is so passionate about the new work arrangements that internet allows that he took on making a movie to spread these ideas and show the new professions that are available. When he is not readying books on business or human psychology to implement in his business he might be found paragliding, diving or running triathlons (he finished 2 half Iron Mans!). Wanna tap his brain? He doesn't drink alcohol but will do almost anything for a Diet Coke and a Grass Fed T-Bone Steak.

Kate Seledets

Venture Associate

Khailee Ng

Mark Saldaña

Mark Saldaña

Mark spreads the 500 message all over the world using a deadly combination of social media, PR, and baked goods. Before 500, he spent time at sexy enterprise startup Box.

Matt Sandler

Matt Sandler

Matt Sandler is a musician, entrepreneur, and founder of Chromatik. Named one of Entrepreneur Magazine’s “Top 100 Brilliant Companies,” Chromatik is a music technology company redefining how people practice, perform, and teach music. Its iPad and web applications are used by American Idol, UCLA, the Los Angeles Unified School District, and hundreds of music organizations worldwide. Matt is a frequent speaker and guest lecturer at universities around the US, notably Stanford and UCLA. He has been featured in Forbes, Billboard, TechCrunch, Hypebot, the LA Business Journal’s “Top 20 in Their 20s” and Business Insider’s “Top 30 People to Watch in Tech.” Prior to Chromatik, Matt was a professional saxophonist and held A&R/Programming roles at KROQ 106.7FM and Capitol Records. Matt received his BA in Music Performance from UCLA and was named a CA Distinguished Arts Scholar.

Natalie Riso

Natalie Riso

Natalie is the Content Marketing Manager at 500 Startups and a 3x Linkedin Top Voice. She helps create and manage 500's blog, social, and more.

Parker Thompson

Parker Thompson

Parker likes to help startups in any way he can, but he will respect a restraining order if you're going to be like that. His illustrious past includes Pivotal Labs, co-founding PlaceSite, preserving the interwebs at the Internet Archive, and working on digital copyright at UC Berkeley's iSchool. apk-new.com

Paulina Szyrmer

Paulina Szyrmer

Paulina manages investor training programs at 500.

Rene Lomeli

Rene Lomeli is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups LatAm.

Robert Neivert

Robert Neivert

Robert Neivert

Robert Neivert

Roland Osborne

Entrepreneur-in-Residence

Samuel Wendel

Scott Murray

Scott Murray

Scott McCutcheon

Sean Percival

Sean Percival

Sean Percival is a Partner at 500 Startups working on the Nordics and accelerator programs. Previously Sean was the co-founder of Wittlebee, the kids clothing club and Vice President of Online Marketing at Myspace.

Sharif El-Badawi

Sharif El-Badawi

Sharif El-Badawi currently serves as Partner at 500 Startups, the most active venture capital firm in the world. In his role, he manages 500 Startups' MENA fund, focusing on seed stage investments in the Middle East and North Africa. In addition, Sharif is the Chairman of the Board and Head Mentor at TechWadi, where he leads the TW100 mentors and helps bridge MENA startups with Silicon Valley and serves on several advisory boards for startups in the MENA region and Silicon Valley. Previously, Sharif was the Partner Lead to VCs and Startups at Google where he worked with top tier VCs and their most promising startups on strategies that bring all of Google to their businesses. Joining from AdMob almost 7 prior, he led performance advertising strategy for Google's largest customers in North America covering Mobile, Search and Display ads. Before AdMob, Sharif was a technologist and serial entrepreneur having founded or co-founded several companies in the Consumer Internet and B2B space over twelve years. Sharif earned his MBA from UC Irvine Merage School of Business and his BS in Neuroscience from UCLA. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and three children.

Tammy Camp

Tammy Camp

500 Distribution Partner. I help companies grow and also invest in companies that need to accelerate their growth.

Tim Chae

Tim Chae is a Managing Partner at 500 Startups.

Tony Wang

Tracy Barba

Vijay Rajendran

Vijay Rajendran is the Director of Innovation and Partnerships at 500 where he helps the world's most promising startups connect with innovative large enterprises that want to see what's out there in the venture ecosystem, navigate new partnerships, and make new VC investments.

Vishal Harnal

Vishal Harnal

Vishal leads and scales 500’s investments and operations across South-East Asia. A proud Singaporean, he has put behind his previous life as a founder (and then lawyer) to hunt for the region’s most talented, passionate founders and promising, high-growth startups

Yiying Lu

Yiying Lu

Santiago Zavala

Santiago Zavala

Founder Mexican.vc, Super Happy Dev House Mexico City, Startup Weekend Mexico City, Co-Curate Startup Digest SV, Passionate hacker, thinker, photographer.