500 Startups is a global venture capital seed fund and startup accelerator based in Silicon Valley with ~$200M in assets under management. We have invested in a wide variety of technology startups all over the world, currently over 1,400 companies since our inception in 2010. Our team of 100 people manage seed investments in 18 countries and speak over 20 languages. We run accelerator programs in San Francisco & Silicon Valley 4x per year emphasizing internet marketing and customer acquisition, design and user experience, and lean startup practices and metrics. We also have our global Distro Dojo program which focuses on growth-hacking post-seed companies. Our investment team and mentor network has operational experience at companies such as PayPal, Google, Facebook, YouTube, Yahoo, LinkedIn, Twitter and Apple.

Mountain View, US
500 Startups was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in Mountain View, US
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Key People/Management at 500 Startups

Christine Tsai

Christine Tsai

Founding Partner
Bedy Yang

Bedy Yang

Managing Partner
Mojan Movassate

Mojan Movassate

Edith Yeung

Edith Yeung


500 Startups Office Locations

500 Startups has an office in Mountain View
Mountain View, US (HQ)
1200 444 Castro St
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500 Startups News and Updates

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Here’s the 23rd batch of 500 Startups companies

500 Startups may soon be coming up on the one-year mark for the end of a tumultuous saga involving its founder, but its accelerator classes still continue to plug along — and its next batch is now getting ready to roll. The firm’s 23rd batch of startups this year consists of the usual mix of […]

500 Startups takes strategic investment from Abu Dhabi Financial Group

500 Startups, the U.S.-headquartered VC firm hit by scandal last year after co-founder Dave McClure resigned following allegations of sexual misconduct, has announced an unconventional deal that sees Abu Dhabi Financial Group (ADFG) take a stake in its parent company. It is normal for VC firms to wo…

Monique Woodard leaving 500 Startups

Monique Woodard, the first first African-American venture partner on the staff at 500 Startups, announced she is leaving the firm. Woodard joined 500 Startups less than two years ago when it announced it would raise a fund to invest in startups headed by black and Latino entrepreneurs.

Sarah Kunst on 500 Startups ignoring sexual harassment evidence: ‘Backchannels don’t work’

A panel on combating sexism and harassment in Silicon Valley today stirred a heated debate onstage at TechCrunch Disrupt. Sarah Kunst, who came forward about being sexually harassed by 500 Startups cofounder Dave McClure, did not hold back. “Going directly to 500 Startups and Christine [Tsai, a foun…

500 Startups must fight for survival and credibility after Dave McClure’s resignation

ANALYSIS: The sexual harassment scandal that has led to the official resignation of founding partner Dave McClure from 500 Startups raises the question of what kind of future the firm can have without him. It doesn’t appear 500 Startups is off to a very good start in terms of handling the situation,…
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