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500 Startups Announces Batch 14 in San Francisco

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Heeeyyyyy yo! Can you believe we’re already on our 14th accelerator batch? For those of you keeping track, this is our fourth batch in San Francisco!

As always, our companies have all types of founders from everywhere on the globe. 38% of our companies have at least one foreign‐born founder.  Countries include: Finland, Brazil, UAE, Uruguay, Serbia, Ghana, Russia, Canada, Jordan, UK, South Africa, India, France…. <cue… It’s a small world world after all…..> Follow our Batch 14 companies on AngelList.

If you want to join 500 in the future, you’re in luck – Batch 15 (Mountain View) applications are currently open. We’re always on the look out for great companies with traction and awesome founders.  APPLY NOW.

Announcement shared via TechCrunch.

Without further ado, here are all the companies in our latest accelerator:



Marketplace to design and make custom goods on-demand


Founders: TJ Ross, Emerson Knapp, BJ Terry

From: San Francisco, CA, USA 

Fun Fact: TJ paid for rent in college by selling t-shirts at USC football games and online poker winnings. Now he pays for rent by complimenting his roommate’s (AKA his mom’s) cooking. When Emerson isn’t writing code, he is using the 3D printer he built to make parts for his yoyo collection, while sipping on Japanese whiskey. BJ has been on a multi-year project to watch every episode of Star Trek in chronological order starting with the original series. There are 726 episodes. He has finished 598.

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Phone Support Software for your Business


Founders:  Olivier Pailhes, Xavier Durand, PB Béchu

From: Paris

Fun Fact: As part of Aircall’s value proposition and as we’re a team of musicians, we wanted to offer customized music on-hold and ringtones to our customers. We’ve worked really hard on this. In the end, we’ve found our unique Aircall ringtone (inspired by Keith Jarrett’s Koln Concert) but we got bashed by our customers on our music on-hold performance. We’re actually coming to 500 to benefit from the best California music studios to finally record music that rocks!



Gamified, social learning platform for standardized tests


Founder: Nicholas Cooper

From: Dubai, UAE

Fun Fact: Nicholas’s first career was as a child actor in Australia



AutoLotto let’s you play the lottery from your phone


Founders: Tony DiMatteo, Matt Clemenson

From: San Francisco, CA

Fun Fact: Matt enjoys wakeboarding. Tony is an amateur skydiver.



Frequent Flyer Program for Cannabis Dispensaries


Founders: David Champion, Roger Obando, Joel Milton

From: Denver, CO USA

Fun Fact: Baker signed up its first 1,000 users by luring people in with a beer pong game at their Cannabis Cup booth – their intern’s idea.




Platform for Data-Gathering Drones


Founders: David Lyman, Dave Tobias

From: San Francisco, CA, USA

Fun Fact: Out of four team members, we have three Daves. Our team consists of a former TOPGUN instructor, a commercial roofer with 3 decades of experience,

a guy who scaled a small family operation into a large national insurance inspection report business, and an fbFundee turned 500 Startups LP turned startup founder again.



Concert discovery with online preview


Founders: Vit Myshlaev, Anatoliy Polikarpov

From: Ryazan, Russia 

Fun Fact: We’ve traveled with our company from Russia to Cyprus, from Cyprus to France, from France back to Russia and now we are in US!



Transform web content into structured data


Founders: Ben Reich, Dan Gallagher

From: Washington, DC, USA 

Fun Fact: The founders became friends when Ben was assigned to train Dan at their previous jobs. 


Decisive Health

Bringing the convenience of to healthcare services


Founders: Nathanael Rosidi, Jonathan Shih

From: San Francisco

Fun Fact: Nate brews his own beer, and Jonathan dry-ages his own steaks, and neither has given the other food poisoning . . . yet. 


Encore Alert

The best automated marketing assistant you’ve ever had.


Founders: James Li, Tammy Cho, Felipe Lopes

From: Arlington, VA USA

Fun Fact: James – first “venture” was a Pokemon trading card club in fifth grade. Tammy – has traveled to over 37 states (and Canada!) in the span of 30 days. Felipe – huge fan of snowboarding and makes an annual GoPro mountain trip video

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Eyes On Freight

The “” for the logistics industry.


Founders: Chris Nyenhuis, Matt Thomas

From: Columbia, Missouri, USA

Fun fact: Chris Nyenhuis: On my honeymoon, I swam (in a cage) with a Great White Shark, sat next to a pride of lions and ran around with a bunch of penguins all in one week. Matt Thomas: Once drove a race car 151 mph around the Dallas Motor Speedway.


Twilio for AI


Founders: Matt Fogel, Evan Prodromou

From: Montreal, Quebec, Canada 

Fun fact: Both founders are left-handed. 



Buy anything piece by piece, with and for anyone you want.


Founders: Arry Yu, Christie Gettler Tarazon

From: Seattle, WA 

Fun Fact: Arry Yu has had more than 3 careers, each lasting more than 10 years. Christie has moved 3 times and had a baby in the past year while starting a startup. She can lick her elbow.



Havenly provides unparalleled online interior design services, all for a flat fee of $185 per room. You can get your space designed, as well as purchase all the furniture with one-click shopping, all in one place.


Founders: Emily Motayed, Lee Mayer

From: Denver, CO/ New York, NY 

Fun Fact: The company was founded by sisters (Emily and Lee) out of personal need. 

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Junior Explorers 

Connecting kids to nature and wildlife through fun learning experiences.


Founders: Anurag Agarwal, Sarah Sheehan

From: Brooklyn, NY, USA

Fun Fact: Anurag has lived on 3 different continents and had 5 different careers prior to this role. Sarah originally moved to NYC to study and pursue acting.



Kudobuzz is the smartest way for SMBs to generate verifiable reviews, drive traffic and increase sales.


Founders: Lovell Larbie, David Tetteh, Kena Amoah

From: Accra, Ghana 


Lab Sensor Solutions

We build IoT sensor networks for the healthcare industry


Founders: Jarie Bolander, Geoff Zawolkow, Daniel Paley, Bill Judd, Marvin Raab

From: Redwood City, CA USA

Fun Fact: Jarie was a participate in the 1984 Summer Olympics, authored 3 books and is an extreme ultra-endurance athlete. Geoff was a participate in the 1968 Summer Olympic trials, knows sign language and cures his own bacon. Daniel roasts his own coffee, taught kayaking and is an Extra Class Ham radio operator. Bill was at Woodstock (the original), a real secret agent and programmed on the Newton Note Phone. Marvin plays in the World Series of Poker, has 100+ board games and loves to fly his drone.



A next-generation map publishing platform


Founder: Jack Gonzalez

From: San Francisco 

Fun Fact: Scollay and Jack first met when they were 17 in Jack’s geography class at Pine Rivers High School, Queensland Australia. Scollay went to Australia participating in an international exchange program (US/Austalia). After school, Jack became a geogrpahy teacher and they both launched their careers overseas, (Jack – London and Scollay in New York) 22 Years later, they both reconnect thanks to a a sushi review Jack found. See video here!

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MonkeyLearn is an Artificial Intelligence Software as a Service Cloud Platform for automatic text processing.Get Data from text using Machine Learning with MonkeyLearn!


Founders: Raul Garreta, Martin Alcala Rubi, Ernesto Rodriguez, Eduardo Mangarelli

From: Montevideo, Uruguay

Fun Fact: Monkeys will conquer the world ;). We’re a bunch of serial entrepreneur geeks trying to make AI technologies for Text Data processing more accessible for companies, or even for Monkeys.


Pacifica Labs

Daily tools for stress & anxiety based on CBT & Mindfulness.


Founders: Dale Beermann, Chris Goettel

From: San Francisco, CA 

Fun Fact: The name Pacifica started as a code name for the mobile application. Chris currently lives in Pacifica. Noe is the code name for the server-side codebase, from where Dale lives in San Francisco. While we initially picked Pacifica because of its association with the ocean, and the general theme in our app, it wasn’t until it was pointed out several months later that pacifica meant peaceful or tranquil and was remarkably fitting for our app. Chris – “I was a screenwriter in high school and came THIS close to selling one to Drew Barrymore.” Dale – “My friend nicknamed by thumbs ‘Jaba the Thumbs’ in high school. They’re huge. I was also our high school badminton champion. I don’t think there’s a correlation.”



Workflows & Process Management for startups


Founders: Alessio Silva Alionço, Leandro Johann, Kelvin Stinghen, Paulo de Leo, Raphael Costa, Maurivan Luiz Padilha

From: Curitiba, Paraná, Brasil 

Fun Fact: Alessio – has a very bad memory. Leandro – obsessive compulsive when it comes to cleaning and organization. Kelvin – Our viking (you will see why). Paulo – A giant that loves lollipop, yogurt, sweets, snacks and toys. Raphael – love junk food. Maurivan – Nuts, left a leadership position in one of TOP 3 telecom companies in Brazil to follow our dream.



Cross currency money transfer from your mobile or web devices.


Founders: Yogi Yoganathan, Mano Pera

From: Toronto, Ontario, Canada 


Saint Harridan

Masculine clothing and accessories for women and transmen.


Founders: Mary Going, Martha Rynberg

From: Oakland, CA  

Fun Fact: Mary can flip omelets without using a spatula. Martha is a closeted race car driver.



Event Management simplified for businesses, venues, organizers and individuals.


Founders:  Hiba Mansour, Khalil Al Salem, Fareed Al Namrouti

From: Jordan

Fun Fact: Hiba, CEO and Guitar enthusiast and event lover! Fareed, CTO and Video Games professional. He actually competes on regional levels. Khalil, the on demand connection maker, problem solver.




See all the best cloud services and who’s using them.


Founder: Yonas Beshawred

From: San Jose, CA 

Fun Fact: Yonas is Ethiopian!



API Lego for developers. Streamline back-end development to launch apps in a fraction of the time.


Founders: Giuliano Iacobelli, Nicola Mattina

From: London, UK 

Fun Fact: Despite Giuliano’s classic look, he hides an unexpected love for gangsta-rap and hip hop. Nicola is a terrific chef and loves to craft tasty gelatos.



StreetHawk is the Mobile Growth Automation Engine for App hackers & marketers to create Organic Growth and Virality.


Founders: David Jones, Linda Fernandez

From: Australia

Fun Fact: David: grew kale before it was fashionable – still trying to find a way to eat it! Linda: Thinks the startup rollercoaster is almost as fun as the life rollercoaster.



On Demand Home Service Marketplace for the Developing World


Founders: Aisha R Pandor, Alen Ribic

From: Cape Town, South Africa 

Fun Fact: Aisha’s left eye involuntarily streams tears when she eats tasty food. Alen was part of a circus troupe slapstick act when he was 13 years old. 

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TopHatch / Concepts

Design tools with a human touch (NOTE: This company is named TopHatch in some of our documentation but for external communications they want to use the name of their app which is named “Concepts”).


Founders: Ben Merrill, David Brittain

From: San Carlos, CA, USA & Turku, Finland 

Fun Fact: Ben jumped out of planes for the US Army and was a stuntman for indie films. He recently got a hug from Dave McClure for worst pitch / best numbers. Dave is an avid pole dancer (slang in the kitesurfing community for windsurfers).




SaaS for managing trucking company’s daily operations. Putting trucks in the cloud.


Founder: Vuk Nikolic

From: Belgrade, Serbia 

Fun Fact: Vuk has been programming since age of 6 (commodore 64 ftw). Started TruckTrack because his mom has a trucking company. 



Village Defense

Village Defense provides a simple way to connect and share real-time information with your neighbors.


Founders: Sharath Mekala, Nathan Black

From: Atlanta, GA, USA

Fun Fact: The team was mentioned in Bermuda’s State of the Union address. 


WeGrow / Growbots

The Slack bot for fast and easy feedback at work.


Founders: Jeremy Vandehey, Joseph Estrada, Justin Vandehey

From: San Francisco, CA, USA 

Fun Fact: Their first iteration of Growbot was a public, anonymous feedback platform. It quickly grew to 500k profiles and got put on LinkedIn’s probationary API list.



Self-improvement through micro-actions.


Founders: Nelli Lahteenmaki, Aleksi Hoffman, Nora Rosendahl, Jaakko Hyvarinen, Toni Sallinen

From: Helsinki

Fun Fact: Their company, Fifth Corner Inc., is named after a beautiful hipster area in Helsinki Finland. Their first office was located Viiskulma, “Fifth Corner” where five streets merge, formulating five corners. They really loved the place, which might be the reason several of us founders had thought about the same name…


Zendy Health

Priceline-like marketplace for health and dental services.


Founders: Vish Banthia MD, Roumen Antonov, PhD

From: Los Angeles, CA, USA 

Fun Fact: Vish Banthia MD — Double Board Certified Head and Neck Surgeon / Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. Played Eddie Van Halen’s solo for Michael Jackson’s “Beat It” during my Residency in a rock band in NYC. Roumen Antonov, PhD — brought the internet to Bulgarian universities; avid pilot / flies planes.



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