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500’s Commitment to #MovingForward

Christine Tsai

Founding Partner and CEO

Published

08.03.18

Today, we have committed to join Cheryl Yeoh Sew Hoy and Andy Coravos in their mission to launch a collective step forward for the VC industry. #MovingForward, which was birthed at a dinner for founders, is an open source directory that pools diversity, inclusion and anti-harassment commitments from VCs.

It is especially meaningful that this initiative launches on International Women’s Day – a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. A recent report by the World Economic Forum found gender parity is over 200 years away. While these findings seem overwhelming, we believe that as more people commit to change now, we will move the needle together. We are honored to pledge our commitment to #MovingForward and are encouraged to join many notable investors in building diverse, inclusive and harassment-free cultures together.

500’s mission is to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale, and build thriving global ecosystems. Diversity and inclusion have always been core values for us because, simply put, investing in and supporting diverse founders is smart business. Just this past year, close to 30% of our Seed Program companies were led by female founders, and more than 40% of our portfolio founders belong to racial minorities. Within the 500 team, 40% of the executive management team are women, more than 30% of our investment partners are women, and we aim to increase these numbers with every investment and every hire we make. We will continue to play an active role in creating a better, more empowered industry for women and underrepresented founders moving forward.

Thank you Cheryl, Andy and the #MovingForward team for working tirelessly to create a constructive solution to drive positive change in VC and helping the industry move forward.

Read more about 500’s policy here.

If you would like to join the movement, you can learn more at VentureMovingForward.org and submit your pledge to share your commitments.

Christine Tsai

Founding Partner and CEO

Christine Tsai co-founded 500 Global in 2010, and led the firm’s growth over the past decade from a startup accelerator to a multi-stage venture capital firm with $2.7B in assets under management, and more than 2,700 investments in 81 countries. 500 Global regularly ranks as one of the most active venture capital firms in the world, according to PitchBook, with a top number of exits. The firm’s diversified portfolio includes 49 companies valued at more than $1B, such as Talkdesk, Canva, Grab, GitLab, and Intercom. Private Equity International has named Christine one of 10 Women of Influence in venture capital. She currently serves on the venture capital committee of the Association of Asian American Investment Managers, the Global Tech VC Council of the Global Private Capital Association, and is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. Christine is also an honoree of Gold House’s 2021 A100 List, recognizing the most impactful Asian and Pacific Islander leaders across business and technology, entertainment, advocacy and politics, lifestyle, and sports. Prior to founding 500 Global, she held product marketing and operating roles at Google, including monetization and developer products such as Google AdSense, Google Analytics, YouTube APIs and syndication, and Google Developer Platform Tools. Christine holds a B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of California at Berkeley.

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