Dave McClure: having fun and being silly is at the core of 500 Startups

Chelsea Ng

September 24, 2015

Dave McClure, founding partner at 500 Startups, needs no introduction. The opinionated VC is a regular speaker at tech conferences around the world, has a widely-read and influential blog, and is doubling down on portfolio companies in Asia. Dave started out as a programmer, then changed gears to entrepreneurship, and afterwards headed marketing for PayPal. Today his VC firm and startup incubator, located in Silicon Valley, boasts US$200 million of assets under management, with it’s most successful exit MakerBot sold for US$402 million to Stratasys. It’s certainly been a whirlwind 25-year journey for the self-confessed “internet marketing nerd.”

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