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#500Proud is the LGBTQ+ and allies group for 500 Startups
#500Proud is committed to providing LGBTQ+ inclusiveness for our employees, our entrepreneur founders, and our communities. Join us for our Unity & Inclusion Summits (Next stop, NYC!)
500 Startups is a global venture capital firm and a network of startup programs based in Silicon Valley. We’ve invested in over 1,800 companies in 60 countries around the world. We are a PROUD supporter of the LGBTQ community and we’re always looking for awesome startup founders in every color, shape, size, and flavor!
Meet the #500Family
Contrary to our name we have actually invested in 1 800 companies; some you may have heard of include Credit Karma, Twilio (NYSE: TWLO), GrabTaxi, Talkdesk, Ipsy, and Udemy. Our founders have had over 50 exits, including MakerBot (acquired by Stratasys for $400M), Wildfire Interactive (acquired by Google for $350M), and Viki (acquired by Rakuten for $200M) We mostly invest in companies with a shipping and functional product, and with some modest amount of users or revenue. We typically invest between $25K-$250K USD in our first check, however we also make selective follow-on investments at Series A/B of up to $1M USD.
Our team comes from more than 20 countries, and we have invested in startups in over 60 countries. About half our team is women, and more than half are people of color (only a few of us are hillbillies). About half of us like peanut butter and jelly; the other half thinks disco dancing is still cool. We look and act different from most other venture capitalists, and we kinda like it that way. Our founders are also diverse; we work hard to discover and invest in people who come from many different walks of life.
Are you a founder or entrepreneur and you’re looking for massive growth? Join our seed program!