Authors

500 Innovation and Partnerships

500 Innovation and Partnerships

Alfred L

Alfred L

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.

Adam Benayoun

Adam Benayoun

Adam is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups, covering the Israeli market. Prior 500, Adam co-founded Binpress (accelerator Batch 6 at 500). In his spare time, Adam likes to help founders, practice capoeira and cook delicious meals.

Adam Benayoun

Adam Benayoun

Ana Paula González

Andrea Barrica

Andrea Barrica

Andrea Barrica is a venture partner & EIR at 500 Startups, one of the world’s most active and global seed investors. She is passionate about emerging markets, social impact, and growing companies. Before 500, Andrea co-founded inDinero where she generated the first $1M of revenue in 9 months through referrals and her empathy superpowers.

Andrei Marinescu

Andrei Marinescu

Distribution Partner, 500 Startups

Anna Heim

Anna Heim

Becky Kux

Becky Kux

Bedy Yang

Bedy Yang

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

Bonnie Cheung

Bonnie Cheung

Brett Fink

Brett Fink

Caitlin Glazebrook

Caitlin Glazebrook

Cara Mathis

Carl Fritjofsson

Carl Fritjofsson

Chelsea Ng

Chelsea Ng

Chris Neumann

Chris Neumann

Christen O'Brien

Christen O'Brien

A co-founder of 500, Christen previously founded a content company & worked in the i-banking, law, and non-profit sectors. She works hard to fund the life of her spoiled rotten Great Dane named Virginia Woof, who refuses to get a job.

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.

Christine Tsai and Dave McClure

Christine Tsai and Dave McClure

Dave McClure

Dave McClure

Dave uses his uncanny ability to function without sleep and frequent flyer miles to uncover geeks around the world. His ominous past includes work at Founders Fund, Facebook fbFund, PayPal, Mint.com, & Simply Hired.

Diana Moldavsky

Diana Moldavsky

Dominic Coryell

Dominic Coryell

Eddie Thai

Eddie Thai

Edith Yeung

Edith Yeung

Edith Yeung

Edith Yeung

Edith Yeung is the General Partner at 500 Mobile Collective Microfund primarily focusing on on investing in mobile, VR, AR, IOT and consumer internet startups. Edith was previously the VP of marketing & business development for Dolphin Browser. Dolphin Browser is a Sequoia-backed mobile browser with over 150 million installs worldwide. She also founded RightVentures - seed stage investment firm focusing on mobile and consumer internet companies. Edith is also a enterprise veteran working with companies like Siebel, Oracle, Autodesk, AT&T, etc. Some of her investments include Penrose (Pixar of VR) and Cryworks (by Pixar & Disney Veteran), SIlk Labs, Piper, Apptopia, Mobile Action, Andy OS, Quickly, Powercore, Pack, Fleksy, Ingrain, Hooked, Switch, Bento, DayDayCook, Palantir, etc. She frequently speaks on mobile, VR, VR and China investment landscape.

Elizabeth Yin

Elizabeth Yin

Emily King

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

Erhan Erdogan

Erhan Erdogan

Galia Mor

Galia Mor

Gregory Raiten

Gregory Raiten

Greg is the sheriff in town, making sure everyone stays on the right side of the law. He's an attorney by trade, but geek at heart who enjoys travel, photography and snowboarding.

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.

Heesun Lho

Heesun Lho

Venture Partner at 500 Startups, based in NYC.

Itali Collini

Itali Collini

James Riney

James Riney

jamie

jamie

Jamie Dunphy

Jamie Dunphy

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.

Jessica Tan

Jessica Tan

Jessica is a Junior Associate at 500 Startups. She works in the Seed Accelerator team as well as 500's Portfolio Management Team, and has a personal interest in startups from emerging markets, particularly Southeast Asia.

John Lim

Juan Martitegui

Juan Martitegui

Juan Dulanto

Juan Dulanto

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.

Justin Ledbetter

Justin Ledbetter

Khailee Ng

Lara Jordan

Lara Jordan

Louise Fritjofsson

Louise Fritjofsson

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.

Mathew Johnson

Mathew Johnson

Mat helps startups through customer acquisition, metrics and testing, and previously worked at General Assembly, Charles River Ventures, Grockit and Socrata. He loves interesting ramen, trail-running, and has lived in Kenya, Cairo, and Copenhagen.

Matt Lerner

Matt Lerner

Matt Lerner

Matt Lerner

Matt leads 500 Startups’ operations in London, where he’s looking for promising seed and post-seed startups. A member of the Distro team, he helps companies to scale. Previously, he built and managed growth teams at PayPal.

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.

Miguel Cruz

Miguel is a manager at 500 Startups Miami.

Monique Woodard

Monique Woodard

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.

Newton Davis

Newton Davis

Pankaj Jain

Pankaj Jain

20 years in hedge funds, startups, and venture capital across New York, the San Francisco Bay Area, London and India.

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.

Peter

Peter

Philipp Moehring

Philipp Moehring

Poornima Vijayashanker

Poornima Vijayashanker

Poornima Vijayashanker is an entrepreneur-in-residence at 500 Startups, where she advises companies on product, marketing, technical recruiting, and fundraising. She is also the founder of Femgineer.

Poornima Vijayashanker

Poornima Vijayashanker

Rebecca Woodcock

Rebecca Woodcock

Rebecca is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups, where she manages the San Francisco accelerator's health tech track. Previously she founded CakeHealth.com (acquired in 2015), to help individuals track and manage their healthcare expenses, and was a TechCrunch DISRUPT finalist. She is recognized as one of 70 Digital Leaders by the United Nations, and has also been an advisor to the White House health data standards movement for patient access. You can often find her kiteboarding in Baja California Sur.​

Rene Lomeli

Rene Lomeli is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups LatAm.

Robert Neivert

Robert Neivert

Robert Neivert

Robert Neivert

Ryan Lawler

Ryan Lawler

Ryan recently left the lucrative world of tech news to join the motley crew at 500 Startups. He likes beers, beards, and bikes.

Sanjay Singhal

Sanjay Singhal

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.

Selcuk Atli

Selcuk Atli

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.

Sheel Mohnot

Sheel Mohnot

Susan Su

Susan Su

Susan is part of the 500 Startups Distribution Team, specializing in content and email marketing. She has previously run marketing and growth for Inside Network (acquired byWebMediaBrands in 2011), AppSumo.com, and Ramit Sethi.

Susan Su

Susan Su

Susan is a partner on the 500 Startups Distribution Team, specializing in content and email marketing. She has previously run marketing and growth for Inside Network (acquired byWebMediaBrands in 2011), AppSumo.com, and Ramit Sethi.

Tam Pham

Tam Pham

Tammy Camp

Tammy Camp

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

Tanya Soman

Tanya Soman

Tanya Soman

Tanya Soman

Raised in the city (the real one, not SF). Recent Silicon Valley Transplant. Reluctant millennial.

Bonnie Cheung & Robert Neivert

Bonnie Cheung & Robert Neivert

Tim Chae

Tim Chae is a Managing Partner at 500 Startups.

Tony Wang

Trafton Kenney

Trafton Kenney is the Marketing Manager for Investor Education under 500's Ecosystem arm.

Tristan Pollock

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.

T Sripunvoraskul

T Sripunvoraskul

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

Walter Thompson

Walter Thompson

Yiying Lu

Yiying Lu

Zafer Younis

Zafer Younis

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.