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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 impact-driven, from my earliest memories going and spending our Thanksgiving or Christmas feeding the homeless or giving back,” he said. As captain o...

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, e...

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 sh...

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 compani...

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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...
November 02, 2020
November 02, 2020

How Global Launch Is Adapting to Help Startups Expand to the U.S. and Southeast Asia

Written by Anna Heim In partnership with Enterprise Singapore, 500 Startups has selected Batch 2 applicants for Global Launch San Francisco and Global Launch Singapore. The two separate programs help early stage startups in Singapore enter the ...
October 30, 2020
October 30, 2020

How Early Stage Companies Can Make Responsible Technology a Competitive Advantage

The intersection of technology and society is in a precarious place currently. Tech giants face rising backlash over the enormous influence they wield in our lives, elections, economy and beliefs. Just ask Facebook, Google and Twitter.  Fo...
October 15, 2020
October 15, 2020

Meet the Startups in 500’s First Fully Virtual Accelerator

At 500 Startups, innovation is a staple of our business model. In March, we announced the revamp of our SF flagship accelerator program to offer year-round enrollment flexibility to meet our founders at exactly the right stage of growth for their ...
October 14, 2020
October 14, 2020

15 Tips to Bringing Teams Closer Even During Tough Times

We are living through one of the largest collective challenges the world has faced, so it’s the perfect time to tap into the experience of these 15 female leaders. They offer tips for bringing teams closer, and they share the impacts they’ve seen ...
July 30, 2020
July 30, 2020

Used-car platform recorded a V-shaped recovery during the COVID-19 pandemic. How did they do it?

“We attribute our strong recovery to three key reasons.” Eric Cheng, the co-founder and CEO of second-hand car platform Carsome, answered me promptly over our Zoom call.  I had poked to know exactly what helped the company record a V-sh...
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