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 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

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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

Startup Accelerator Program: 5 Things You’ll Learn In The 500 Startups’ Accelerator Program

As a founder you might be thinking, “Is a startup accelerator program worth my time? What could I possibly learn from a startup accelerator program that I couldn’t just learn on my own?” I’d say if you have a network filled with prospective investors, employees, customers, and attorneys who have yea…

The 5G Revolution Is Here

Depending on where you live, you may have already seen commercials and ads for “5G”. And you might have thought “isn’t 5G just faster 4G?” And the short answer is no, it is much more. It is difficult to imagine what this upgrade in mobile telecommunications will do. Much of the disappointment with I…

Announcing the “MENA Dojo” Series A Program Batch 3 launch

It’s going to be quite busy this year in the MENA region! In line with our objective to help develop the regional ecosystem, we are pleased to announce that we’re opening the applications for the third batch of our annual 500 Startups MENA Dojo Series A Program, in partnership with Qatar Science &am…

Selling Rides

There used to be a day when every third American owned a horse. Now, every 1.3 Americans owns an automobile. The landscape changed. Along the way, we stopped complaining about animal feed, stables, and horse dung, and we started worrying about smog, traffic, and climate change. Much of the change wa…

This Pitch Deck Will Rock Your 500 Startups Application

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 have a few pointers on what makes a good o…

500 Startups: 2018 by the Numbers

2018 was a busy year for 500. I’m proud of what our team has accomplished over the past 365 days and am excited to share some of our 2018 highlights. 500’s mission is to discover and back the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, help them create successful companies at scale, and build thriving glob…
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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.