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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TypeInvestor
HQMountain View, US
Founded2010
Website500.co
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

Partner
Edith Yeung

Edith Yeung

Partner
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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

500 Startups Vietnam grabs $14M to invest in local companies

Vietnam is one of the most rapidly-expanding tech ecosystems in Southeast Asia.

Crypto-Payments Company UTRUST Joins Batch 24 of 500 Startups

SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 13, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Crypto-payment company UTRUST, a technology platform that seeks to make cryptocurrencies spendable on online purchases, has been selected to be part of the 500 Startups' 24th startup accelerator batch. 500 Startups is one of the most active...

Matt Lerner reduces role at 500 Startups to launch ‘growth coaching’ company Heretix

Matt Lerner, who has for the last few years effectively been 500 Startups’ main person in London, is reducing his role at the Silicon Valley-based VC fund and accelerator to pursue a new business of his own. He’s officially scaling back to a part-time position of Venture Partner to launch “growth co…

Sberbank and 500 Startups launch Russian IT accelerator program

Sberbank is teaming up with international accelerator 500 Startups to launch a programme for for you...

The CEO of 500 Startups says all successful founders have these two traits in common

Christine Tsai has worked with hundreds of entrepreneurs since cofounding 500 Startups eight years ago, giving her some unique insights into what factors lead to success. She said successful founders tend to have two traits: they listen to feedback and they move quickly. To succeed, prospective en…

Accelerators Like YC, 500 Startups and SOVB Outperform On This 1 Critical Metric

There's a new type of investor on the American venture frontier.
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500 Startups Blogs

500’s Ultimate Gift Guide

December is flying by, and if you’re still struggling to find the perfect last minute gift, look no further. We’ve compiled a list of holiday treats for everyone on your list—500 style. All of the gifts below are made by portfolio companies in the 500 family, so you can spread holiday cheer while al…

Pitch Perfect: How to Make a Standout Pitch Deck for 500 Startups

We’ve talked about how to make your application to 500’s accelerator stand out, and one of the key points we mentioned was ensuring you have a solid pitch deck. But what does a good pitch deck look like? We’ve looked at thousands throughout the years, so we’ve got a few pointers on what makes a good…

Is Your Blockchain Company VC Fundable?

Are you thinking about applying to 500 with a Blockchain idea? Want to maximize your chance of getting selected? This article describes how one successful applicant, Crowdz, passed our rigorous acceptance process and explains how to formulate a successful strategy for your own 500 application. Earli…

Is Your Blockchain Company VC Fundable?

Are you thinking about applying to 500 with a Blockchain idea? Want to maximize your chance of getting selected? This article describes how one successful applicant, Crowdz, passed our rigorous acceptance process and explains how to formulate a successful strategy for your own 500 application. Earli…

500 Kobe Gears Up for December Demo Day

Supporting a wide array of diverse founders across the globe has always been at the heart of our mission here at 500. We’re proud to be one of the most global VC firms, with an active presence in 5 of the 7 continents worldwide. This month we’re focusing on a slice of the world that you may already …

5 Tips for Making Your 500 Startups Application Stand Out

Here at 500, every time a new batch opens up we receive a flood of applications to sift through. As we review them, we often see a lot of the same common mistakes repeated over and over, so we figured it was time to give a quick 101 on how to give your company the best head start when application ti…
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500 Startups Company Life and Culture

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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 Mojan Movassate.

  • Where is 500 Startups headquarters?

    500 Startups headquarters is located at 1200 444 Castro St, Mountain View.

  • Where are 500 Startups offices?

    500 Startups has an office in Mountain View.

  • How many offices does 500 Startups have?

    500 Startups has 1 office.