Sep 17, 2018 On Our Blog

PreMoney 2018: Meet Garry Tan, the Former YC Partner Forging his own Path

If you don’t know who Garry Tan is yet, you will soon—the investor was just name dropped on Forbes’ 2018 Midas Brink List of Venture Capital’s biggest up-and-comers. He’s making big waves in the investment world and we’re thrilled to have him lined up to speak at our PreMoney Investor Conference on October 2nd. Tan was previously a partner at Y-Combinator and is now the cofounder of Initialized Capital, an early-stage seed fund he started with Reddit cofounder Alexis Ohanian. Initialized Capital was the earliest investor in trailblazers like Coinbase and Instacart, so Tan knows a thing or two about spotting the “it factor” in young companies. Not Your Average VC While many big investors come from a more buttoned-up business world, Tan boasts an impressive …


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Jun 12, 2017 On Our Blog

7 Marketing Secrets from 500 Startups Demo Days

Have Fun, Get Deals Done – The Future of Marketing is the Brand Experience Pitching to top Silicon Valley investors like Tim Draper is nerve-racking. It helps when he’s dressed in a superhero costume. From Valentine’s Day-Themed (Batch 19) to Summer of Love-Themed (Batch 20), 500 Startups Demo Day is more than a pitch day, it’s a festival where everyone has fun and gets deals done. Here’s a look back at lessons we’ve learned from the last 7 Demo Days, and how 500 Startups stumbled upon creating the unique pitch day in Silicon Valley. 1. Listen to Your Audience Back in the day, 500 Startups Demo Day was pretty basic (see Batch 8): 500 Startups Founding Partner, Dave McClure, speaking …


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May 26, 2016 On Our Blog

The Investors You Actually Want on Your Cap Table Speak Words of Wisdom — Our Top Picks from PreMoney SF

PreMoney San Francisco is just around the corner. Wait, what’s PreMoney?? It’s our slightly-more-than-annual investor event brings together our industry’s most forward-thinking VCs, LPs, and founders. When we were asked to curate a list of our favorite PreMoney talks, our first response was, “BUT THERE ARE SO MANY GREAT ONES!” Painful as it was, we were able to whittle it down to 5 essential talks. Below, you’ll find nuggets from CB Insights’ Anand Sanwal, SoftTech’s Charles Hudson, Diishan Imira of Mayvenn, Shauntel Poulson of Reach Capital, Sean O’Sullivan of SOS Ventures, Scale’s Kate Mitchell, and Dan Rosen from Commerce Ventures. This is just a tiny taste of what we’ve pulled together for 2016’s PreMoney SF, which includes cameos by Bill Draper, Aileen Lee, Dave Morin, Danielle Morrill, Jason Lemkin, …


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