500 Startups Signs Agreement with iNNpulsa Colombia to Train Accelerator Managers


This post is by Ana Paula González from 500 Insights

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 honor it was for 500 […]

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


This post is by Flavio Dias from 500 Insights

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 delivered to our home – whether […]

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Invidica is Upgrading the Ecommerce Wholesaler-Retailer Relationship


This post is by Clayton Bryan from 500 Insights

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 ecommerce sales took off during the pandemic […]

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


This post is by Jenna Birch from 500 Insights

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 spending our Thanksgiving or Christmas feeding […]

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Clout Jam is Helping Social Media Influencers Take Control of Their Businesses


This post is by Kate Seledets from 500 Insights

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic, media consumption was on the rise across all social media platforms, boosting the influencer marketing industry along with it.  From Instagram to TikTok, brands are now well-aware of the advertising opportunities on these channels, and they are spreading marketing dollars across various platforms to provide audiences with content that feels […]

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How the Gig Economy Is Shaping the Future of Work


This post is by Tracy Barba from 500 Insights

On the eve of U.S. elections, we invited Alex Rosenblat, the author of Uberland: How Algorithms Are Rewriting the Rules of Work, for a fireside chat. Rosenblat has been studying the gig economy at length, spending four years traveling across more than 25 North American cities to chronicle Uber’s evolution. That has given her insight […]

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What it Means to Support Black Founders at 500


This post is by Clayton Bryan from 500 Insights

At 500, we’ve always prided ourselves on our values of being bold, being the example, being humble, thriving, and being inclusive. Whether it was the types of founders who joined our accelerator, events like our Diversity & Inclusion Summit, or any of our other initiatives, we believe that much of our success comes from our […]

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Understanding Your Term Sheet: Convertible Debt, Convertible Equity and More


This post is by Emily King from 500 Insights

Part of the territory of being a founder includes wearing many hats, and while scrappiness and hustle can help you navigate your fair share of them, it doesn’t always help you decipher your term sheet. 500’s legal expert Annie Woodworth walked us through the ins and outs of term sheets and what you need to […]

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How Yonas Beshawred Built StackShare into a Critical Tool for Developers


This post is by Jenna Birch from 500 Insights

When Stackshare founder Yonas Beshawred first graduated from college, he joined one of the world’s largest consulting firms, Accenture, and quickly discovered the surprising way Fortune 500 companies were making tech decisions at-scale. They’d enlist a research firm called Gartner, Inc., which issued high-level PDF reports covering all the potential technologies you could choose from […]

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500 Startups Reimagines its Miami Growth Program to Boost Founder Success


This post is by Miguel Cruz from 500 Insights

One year ago my colleagues Anabella Rojas, Richard MacDonald, Jr. and I met for our annual end of program debrief. We had just completed the second Miami Growth Program and were looking for ways to further improve its curriculum. An observation we consistently made was that an admissions application and an interview with a startup […]

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How Global Launch Is Adapting to Help Startups Expand to the U.S. and Southeast Asia


This post is by Janelle Apaydin from 500 Insights

Written by Anna Heim In partnership with Enterprise Singapore, 500 Startups has selected Batch 2 applicants for Global Launch San Francisco and Global Launch Singapore. The two separate programs help early stage startups in Singapore enter the U.S. market and growth stage companies worldwide expand into Southeast Asia. The programs, which kicked off in early […]

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Kiira Wants to Bring Quality Healthcare to College Women through Virtual Clinics


This post is by Clayton Bryan from 500 Insights

Since transforming the flagship accelerator to virtual first, we’ve been excited by the companies joining our program. Amidst Covid-19, these founders have proven why great companies are born out of crisis. Their resilience and innovation have impressed us, and we are excited to be backing them and want to share them with you. First look […]

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How Early Stage Companies Can Make Responsible Technology a Competitive Advantage


This post is by Tracy Barba from 500 Insights

The intersection of technology and society is in a precarious place currently. Tech giants face rising backlash over the enormous influence they wield in our lives, elections, economy and beliefs. Just ask Facebook, Google and Twitter.  For entrepreneurs, this makes embracing responsible technology a pressing issue for our time. “We’re really at this point where […]

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500 Deal Memo Insights: Kiira, an AI care coordinator and virtual clinic guiding college women on their health journey


This post is by Clayton Bryan from 500 Insights

As part of an ongoing effort to help founders understand what we look for in companies, investors to understand our thought process, and more, we are regularly showcasing a glimpse into our investment decisions and methodology. For this first look, we are diving into Kiira, an advanced AI care coordinator and virtual clinic connecting women […]

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Accelerating ESG Adoption in Early Stage Venture Capital


This post is by Tracy Barba from 500 Insights

The year 2020 has served up many reminders of the pressing issues facing society, from failures to address systemic discrimination to the impending climate crisis. Moving forward, realizing a more inclusive and sustainable future requires progress on many fronts.  Venture capitalists have an opportunity to embrace ESG, by reframing how they nurture and help build […]

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Meet the Startups in 500’s First Fully Virtual Accelerator


This post is by Aaron Blumenthal from 500 Insights

At 500 Startups, innovation is a staple of our business model. In March, we announced the revamp of our SF flagship accelerator program to offer year-round enrollment flexibility to meet our founders at exactly the right stage of growth for their businesses. Like many firms, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier in the year […]

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Meet the Startups in 500’s First Fully Virtual Accelerator


This post is by Aaron Blumenthal from 500 Insights

At 500 Startups, innovation is a staple of our business model. In March, we announced the revamp of our SF flagship accelerator program to offer year-round enrollment flexibility to meet our founders at exactly the right stage of growth for their businesses. Like many firms, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic earlier in the year […]

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15 Tips to Bringing Teams Closer Even During Tough Times


This post is by Gesche Haas from 500 Insights

We are living through one of the largest collective challenges the world has faced, so it’s the perfect time to tap into the experience of these 15 female leaders. They offer tips for bringing teams closer, and they share the impacts they’ve seen from using these methods.  From focusing on the team’s mission and discussing […]

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500 Startups Bolsters Commitment to MENA’s Startup Ecosystem


This post is by Courtney Powell from 500 Insights

500 Startups made its first investment in MENA in 2012. Back then, few U.S. venture investors made their way to the region, but we recognized its potential and after making more than 30 investments in the region, launched our first MENA-dedicated fund, Falcons I, in 2017.  Since then, 500 has cemented its position as one […]

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500 Startups Bolsters Commitment to MENA’s Startup Ecosystem


This post is by Courtney Powell from 500 Insights

500 Startups made its first investment in MENA in 2012. Back then, few U.S. venture investors made their way to the region, but we recognized its potential and after making more than 30 investments in the region, launched our first MENA-dedicated fund, Falcons I, in 2017.  Since then, 500 has cemented its position as one […]

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