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Stoovo is How Gig Workers Meet Their Earning Goals

Did you know that nearly 40% of U.S. workers now participate in the gig economy in some form? The uncertainty of the pandemic and its impact on the stability of jobs has only increased the need for workers to augment incomes, as many people like students and retirees only work in the sector part-time. The number of platforms that gig workers can use to earn money is multiplying, but that just m...

How Serena Ventures Built a Portfolio With 60% Diverse Founders

Serena Ventures partner Alison Rapaport Stillman thinks VCs need to get out of their comfort zones. Take trading cards, something Alison has never cared about—that is until alternative assets boome...

MightyFly’s Next-Generation Drones Have Sky-High Potential

When we first met MightyFly’s founders Manal Habib and Scott Parker, we quickly knew they had that perfect combination of technical expertise and tenacity--a world-class team of experienced drone e...

Emerging Fund Managers Share Tips on Breaking into Venture Capital

Four emerging fund managers gathered recently at 500 Startups’ 2021 Unity and Inclusion Summit to discuss what it takes to break into VC, forge relationships with LPs and build diverse founder pipe...

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April 23, 2021
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Emerging Fund Managers Share Tips on Breaking into Venture Capital

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Jasper is Simplifying Medical Financing for Patients and Providers

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April 16, 2021
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Andreessen Horowitz’s Naithan Jones on Finding the Next P. Diddy

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My China Roots Connects People of Chinese Descent with Long-Lost Relatives

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500 Startups Receives Diversity VC Certification as it Commits to Diversity and Inclusion

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