Small Small World; Big Big Family

Jess Erickson

September 07, 2015

Today 500 Startups is proud to announce several new investing partners around the world to help us invest in Japan, Eastern Europe, Germany, Israel, and Turkey. In addition to these new geographies, 500 continues to invest globally in many fast-growing markets such as Latin America,  Southeast Asia, India, East Asia and the Middle East / North Africa (MENA), and has launched micro-funds focusing specifically in Latin America, Southeast Asia, Korea, Thailand and India.  <cue… It’s a small world world after all…..>

We have been one of the most active investors in Latin America (over 100 investments across Mexico, Brazil, and the LatAm region in the past three years), and we recently hired Binh Tran and Eddie Thai as our new venture partners in Vietnam to help with our growing investments in that region.

Our team of 80+ collectively speaks over 20 languages, and 1/3 of us weren’t born in the US — our goal is to reflect the diversity of our global portfolio. Along with this international expansion, we continued to invest, guide and connect 500 companies with a strong network of global mentors, advisors, investors and other fellow startups.

Without further ado, please help us welcome our the newest team members to the #500STRONG family:

Diana Moldavsky (Eastern Europe & Israel)


“Having lived and done business internationally, particularly in Eastern Europe and US I know the challenges entrepreneurs from the region face. I am excited to find, fund, support and empower some of the brightest minds who are often underserved today and be their bridge to Silicon Valley.” – Diana Moldavsky 

AngelList: https://angel.co/diana-moldavsky

Personal Blog Post: http://500.co/diana-moldavsky/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/dimoldavsky

 Philipp Moehring (Germany)


“My investment strategy is to back founders that are scrappy, absolute nerds about what they are doing, and great engineers and designers.” – Philipp Moehring 

AngelList: https://angel.co/pmoe

Personal Blog Post: http://500.co/philipp-moehring/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pmoe

 Adam Benayoun (Israel)


“I witnessed first hand how 500 Startups altered the trajectory of our company after investing in Binpress. They gave us access to a large network of mentors and investors, helped us with distribution and provided the support we so much needed. I’m super excited I can bring that experience and knowledge back to Israel and give back to the Israeli community.” – Adam Benayoun 

AngelList: https://angel.co/adam-benayoun

Personal Blog Post: http://500.co/adam-benayoun/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/adambn

 Erhan Erdogan (Turkey)


“Timing’s perfect for #500STRONG presence in Turkey. We are excited to have opportunity shift to the Turkish internet ecosystem. We’re also excited to combine forces and build a bigger future together.” – Erhan Erdogan  

AngelList: https://angel.co/erhanerdogan

Personal Blog Post: http://500.co/turkey-erbil-karaman-erhan-erdogan/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/erhanerdogan

James Riney (Japan) 


Launching 500 Startups in Japan has the potential to have the greatest impact the Japanese venture world has ever seen.” – James Riney 

AngelList: https://angel.co/jamesriney

Personal Blog Post: http://500.co/james-riney/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/james_riney

Matt Lerner (London)


“With a mass concentration of tech talent, many of the world’s best universities, and a global financial hub, the UK is quickly emerging as Europe’s startup epicenter. I couldn’t be more excited to bring 500 Startups to the scene!” – Matt Lerner  

AngelList: https://angel.co/matt-lerner-2

Twitter: https://twitter.com/matthlerner

Blog Post: http://500.co/500-startups-announces-first-distro-dojo-growth-program-based-in-london/


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