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.

HQSan Francisco, US
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, 500 Startups
Thomas Jeng

Thomas Jeng

Director, Innovation & Partnerships, APAC, 500 Startups
Pedro Vieira

Pedro Vieira

Director, Innovation & Partnerships, 500 Startups
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500 Startups Office Locations

500 Startups has an office in San Francisco
San Francisco, US (HQ)
1048 Folsom St, San Francisco
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500 Startups News and Updates

SE Asia Digest: 500 Startups backs Bizzi.vn; NEXEA Angels, MDEC launch programme

Bizzi.vn aims to digitize the financial operations of small and medium enterprises. The post SE Asia Digest: 500 Startups backs Bizzi.vn; NEXEA Angels, MDEC launch programme appeared first on DealStreetAsia.

500 Startups backs Vietnamese bookkeeping automation startup Bizzi

Bizzi plans to use the fresh capital to accelerate growth as it seeks to simplify financial processes for companies.

Early-stage VC firm 500 Startups gathers $66.5m for fifth global fund

500 Startups’s fourth fund was closed at $62.2 million in 2017, falling significantly short of its original target of $200 million. The post Early-stage VC firm 500 Startups gathers $66.5m for fifth global fund appeared first on DealStreetAsia.

Tech.eu Podcast — Accelerator Special: How 500 Startups, Rockstart, and Techstars adapt to the new reality

In this special episode, we talk to Aaron Blumenthal (USA), Antonio Pisante (Italy), and Rune Theill (The Netherlands) to learn more about the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on startup accelerators. Will the accelerator business model survive the pandemic? What advice do the programme managers give t…

Lending startup Fairbanc gets 500 Startups backing for Indonesia push

Indonesian billionaire Michael Sampoerna also invested.

500 Startups switches cohort model for a rolling admissions process

LatAm List – 500 Startups, one of the most active venture capital firms in the world, recently announced that it would abandon its cohort model for accelerating companies for a rolling admissions process.  Founders can now complete the accelerator program in San Francisco or online from anywhere in …
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500 Startups Online and Social Media Presence

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500 Startups Blogs

How We Created our Digital Demo Day Experience

The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the entire startup ecosystem, and in the name of safety and support of our founders, we hosted our first-ever Digital Demo Day last week. This was a whole new take on demo day for us, and the end result was a unique and inspiring experience for both our startups an…

How Startups Can Navigate the Change in Investment Climate Due to COVID-19

With the rise in regulations and restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we’ve entered unprecedented times on a global scale. On our end, we hosted our first-ever Digital Demo Day to ensure the safety and protection of our team and founders. Using YouTube Live and recorded presentations, as well as an in…

5 Ways Startups Can Make it Through Periods of Uncertainty

Guest Post: The following post is a sponsored guest post by Nik Adhia, Senior Director of Global Operations, Oracle for Startups. All views and opinions represented in this post are the views and opinions of Oracle for Startups and do not represent those of 500 Startups or any of its staff or affili…

How the 500 Startups Community Is Helping Those Affected By COVID-19

We at 500 are focused on helping the global community during these unsettling and unprecedented times. We are hosting roundtables and webinars with our partners and founders to address relevant topics, including the state of financing with our portfolio, and tips on how to manage a team remotely. Ou…

Why the Accelerator Model is Broken—and how 500 Startups is Fixing it

No one would’ve envisioned me as a venture capitalist. I was raised in rural Wyoming, far from the high stakes and deep pockets of Wall Street and Silicon Valley. But from a young age, going against the grain was in my DNA. It’s what led me to San Francisco, and, ultimately, what drew me to 500 Star…

Welcoming New Partner and Global Digital Transformation Expert Flavio Dias as We Step Up Our Presence in Brazil

I first met Flavio in 2013, when he co-invested alongside 500 Startups in Olist, one of Brazil’s largest online marketplaces–which recently raised a Series C round. Olist’s founder was in our San Francisco accelerator program, and in his next round of funding turned to Flavio, who was then president…
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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, Thomas Jeng and Pedro Vieira.

  • Where is 500 Startups headquarters?

    500 Startups headquarters is located at 1048 Folsom St, San Francisco, San Francisco.

  • Where are 500 Startups offices?

    500 Startups has an office in San Francisco.

  • How many offices does 500 Startups have?

    500 Startups has 1 office.