500 Startups

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.

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500 Startups was founded in 2010 and is headquartered in San Francisco, US

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Key People/Management at 500 Startups

Christine Tsai

Christine Tsai

CEO & Founding Partner
Bedy Yang

Bedy Yang

Managing Partner
Courtney Powell

Courtney Powell

Darek Defreece

Darek Defreece

General Counsel
Khailee Ng

Khailee Ng

Managing Partner
Tim Chae

Tim Chae

Managing Partner
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500 Startups Office Locations

500 Startups has offices in San Francisco and Singapore
San Francisco, US (HQ)
814 Mission St 6th floor, San Francisco
Singapore, SG
168, #20-01 Robinson Rd, Capital Tower
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500 Startups News and Updates

500 Startups joins with CEmprende to support Colombian ecosystem

LatamList – CEmprende, a government-led campus for startup innovation in Colombia, announced its partnership with 500 Startups. The… The post 500 Startups joins with CEmprende to support Colombian ecosystem appeared first on LatamList.

IFC mulls $2.5m investment in 500 Startups second Istanbul fund

500 Startups Istanbul Fund is raising up to $35 million for a second fund. The post IFC mulls $2.5m investment in 500 Startups second Istanbul fund appeared first on DealStreetAsia.

Asia Digest: SG’s Lanturn raises $3m; 500 Startups backs Malaysia’s Nikahsatu

Lanturn has raised $3 million in seed funding from East Ventures, CoCoon Ignite Ventures and other investors. The post Asia Digest: SG’s Lanturn raises $3m; 500 Startups backs Malaysia’s Nikahsatu appeared first on DealStreetAsia.

Malaysian fintech startup Curlec gets 500 Startups backing

Curlec, which digitizes direct debit payments for businesses, looks to scale further in Malaysia and, eventually, Southeast Asia.

How COVID-19 has changed investing, according to VCs at Sequoia, Insight, Forerunner, 500 Startups, and more

VCs haven’t stopped funding new companies, but they are rethinking how—and what—they invest in. Here’s what partners at leading firms say. For Fast Company’s Shape of Tomorrow series, we’re asking business leaders to share their inside perspective on how the COVID-19 era is transforming their indus…

500 Startups invests in pay-later startup Split

Split, which operates in Singapore and Malaysia, lets customers make up to three interest-free payments.
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500 Startups Online and Social Media Presence

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500 Startups Blogs

What It’s Going to Take To Increase Female Founder Fundraising in 2021

Last month, Pitchbook reported a grim update that 2020 Q3 fundraising for female founders hit a three-year low. Firms invested $434 million in female founders, a 48% drop from Q2 in 2020 and a 36% drop compared to Q3 of 2019. For more context, total venture capital investments in Q3 2020 were on a p…

WorkClass Matches Frontline Job Seekers with Employers in Southeast Asia

We are always on the lookout for companies that help connect job seekers with employers. In Southeast Asia, the frontline labor market remains large but fragmented. While there are numerous job boards for white-collar workers, blue-collar workers are underserved. Because of this gap in the SEA marke…

500 Startups Signs Agreement with iNNpulsa Colombia to Train Accelerator Managers

It was a warm sunny day in San Francisco in May 2019, as the U.S. Secret Service cordoned off the building where 500 Startups’ headquarters are located and thoroughly searched the emptied office. “All clear,” said an agent. “President Duque and his delegation can now enter the premises.” What an hon…

Ash Makes it Easy to Get Tested for STIs/STDs at Home

Although at-home test kits have become a popular alternative to visiting a medical clinic in person, there are still limited options for people to get tested for sexually transmitted diseases. Not to mention, there is a social stigma of getting tested in-person. Almost everything we need can now be …

Invidica is Upgrading the Ecommerce Wholesaler-Retailer Relationship

Ecommerce sales have been rising steadily over the last few years, accounting for almost 57% of overall retail growth last year. Forecasts say that ecommerce sales may even reach $6.5 trillion in 2023–more than one-fourth the projected size of the U.S. GDP. What’s even more interesting is that ecomm…

How Former NFL Player Mike Brown Is Innovating Philanthropy with His Platform Win-Win

To understand Win-Win, a gamified giving platform, you have to understand founder and CEO Mike Brown’s journey. It started in Houston, Texas, where Brown grew up a football star and 4.0 student, with a charitable streak. “My mom raised me to be impact-driven, from my earliest memories going and spen…
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500 Startups Frequently Asked Questions

  • When was 500 Startups founded?

    500 Startups was founded in 2010.

  • Who are 500 Startups key executives?

    500 Startups's key executives are Christine Tsai, Bedy Yang and Courtney Powell.

  • Where is 500 Startups headquarters?

    500 Startups headquarters is located at 814 Mission St 6th floor, San Francisco, San Francisco.

  • Where are 500 Startups offices?

    500 Startups has offices in San Francisco and Singapore.

  • How many offices does 500 Startups have?

    500 Startups has 2 offices.