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Thinknum Co-Founder Gregory Ugwi on Growing Only as Fast as You Learn

Lagos-native Gregory Ugwi started his career as a strategist (or “strat”) at Goldman Sachs in 2008. “As a strat, you write code and build data models while working with salespeople and traders,” he said. “You’re supporting them.” Ugwi liked everything about his job, but there was just one problem.  A portion of the data he needed to determine which companies were likely to win big, whic...

Female Founders Share Their Most Powerful Tips for Increasing Their Company’s Runway Without Compromising Growth

It’s no secret that startups need both money in the bank and customer growth to succeed. While it can be a delicate balance to strike, the following eight female founders have done just that — prov...

BLCK VC’s Brian Hollins Talks Opportunities and Resources for Black Investors

Black investors and founders are still vastly underrepresented in the world of venture capital, but there are signs of positive momentum. Take it from Brian Hollins, a founding board member of BLCK...

Why We’re Publishing Our Diversity & Inclusion Statistics

Diversity has always been part of 500 Startups' DNA. We know great companies are born of great ideas, and great ideas come from founders of varied race, gender and geography. While institutional in...

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January 05, 2021
January 05, 2021

Thinknum Co-Founder Gregory Ugwi on Growing Only as Fast as You Learn

Lagos-native Gregory Ugwi started his career as a strategist (or “strat”) at Goldman Sachs in 2008. “As a strat, you write code and build data models while working with salespeople and traders,” he said. “You’re supporting them.” Ugwi liked everyt...
December 16, 2020
December 16, 2020

Female Founders Share Their Most Powerful Tips for Increasing Their Company’s Runway Without Compromising Growth

It’s no secret that startups need both money in the bank and customer growth to succeed. While it can be a delicate balance to strike, the following eight female founders have done just that — proving it’s possible and sustainable to increase a co...
December 15, 2020
December 15, 2020

BLCK VC’s Brian Hollins Talks Opportunities and Resources for Black Investors

Black investors and founders are still vastly underrepresented in the world of venture capital, but there are signs of positive momentum. Take it from Brian Hollins, a founding board member of BLCK VC, a nonprofit helping aspiring Black investors ...
December 14, 2020
December 14, 2020

Why We’re Publishing Our Diversity & Inclusion Statistics

Diversity has always been part of 500 Startups' DNA. We know great companies are born of great ideas, and great ideas come from founders of varied race, gender and geography. While institutional investors have historically overlooked diverse leade...
December 08, 2020
December 08, 2020

How New SEC Crowdfunding Rules Could Provide Founders With a Boost

Equity crowdfunding looks poised to deliver expanded opportunities for founders trying to raise capital, thanks to new guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Among other areas, the SEC has announced updates to how secu...
November 17, 2020
November 17, 2020

How Former NFL Player Mike Brown Is Innovating Philanthropy with His Platform Win-Win

To understand Win-Win, a gamified giving platform, you have to understand founder and CEO Mike Brown’s journey. It started in Houston, Texas, where Brown grew up a football star and 4.0 student, with a charitable streak. “My mom raised me to be im...
November 10, 2020
November 10, 2020

What it Means to Support Black Founders at 500

At 500, we’ve always prided ourselves on our values of being bold, being the example, being humble, thriving, and being inclusive. Whether it was the types of founders who joined our accelerator, events like our Diversity & Inclusion Summit, o...
November 05, 2020
November 05, 2020

Understanding Your Term Sheet: Convertible Debt, Convertible Equity and More

Part of the territory of being a founder includes wearing many hats, and while scrappiness and hustle can help you navigate your fair share of them, it doesn’t always help you decipher your term sheet. 500’s legal expert Annie Woodworth walked us ...
November 04, 2020
November 04, 2020

How Yonas Beshawred Built StackShare into a Critical Tool for Developers

When Stackshare founder Yonas Beshawred first graduated from college, he joined one of the world’s largest consulting firms, Accenture, and quickly discovered the surprising way Fortune 500 companies were making tech decisions at-scale. They’d enl...
November 03, 2020
November 03, 2020

500 Startups Reimagines its Miami Growth Program to Boost Founder Success

One year ago my colleagues Anabella Rojas, Richard MacDonald, Jr. and I met for our annual end of program debrief. We had just completed the second Miami Growth Program and were looking for ways to further improve its curriculum. An observation we...
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