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Most VCs think they can predict the future when it comes to early stage deals. At 500, we’re more realistic about our strengths and weaknesses as seed stage investors. We realized early on that building high-velocity deal flow – more than the art of predicting winners – was our super power and we’ve built on that strategy ever since. (We’ve been shouting our investment strategy and portfolio approach from the rooftops since 2010. Read more about how we pick investments) Ahead of Deal Camp (Feb 26 – March 1), our crash course on early stage venture finance, we’re sharing that approach, as well as some tips on how to build a pipeline of high-quality deals that can scale in the ...

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500 Startups is calling all blockchain teams around the globe. We know you are well experienced in distributed networks, cryptography and security and want to use blockchains to change the world.  However you also know that to build a truly impactful blockchain-oriented company at crypto speed, you need help in community building, token design, marketing, business development, hiring, and much more.  We are here for you. 500 Startups has specifically designed a new “blockchain track” as part of our March 2018 accelerator program with blockchain entrepreneurs in mind.  With hundreds of companies under our belt (including Omise Go, Lightyear (powered by the Stellar network) and Unikorn Gold), we know how to accelerate your growth. What You’ll Learn By joining the ...

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[Editor’s Note] This is a guest post from Adam Sterling, Executive Director of the Berkeley Center for Law and Business, and a lecturer at VC Unlocked: Deal Camp at Berkeley. This post originally appeared on LinkedIn. In 2014, 500 Startups, a global venture capital firm, took a little-known action that would help change the landscape of international venture finance. This action had nothing to do with investment dollars, new hires, or liquidation events. 500 Startups simply open sourced their proprietary investment contract for early-stage investments, the KISS (“Keep It Simple Security”), to startups and investors around the world. In the next year, fellow venture capital giant Y Combinator followed suit and open-sourced their own proprietary investment contract, the SAFE (“Simple ...

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Notes….oh my!
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2017 was a landmark year for the MENA startup ecosystem. That hectic pace of development has continued, even accelerated in the first month of 2018. Having been in the MENA startup space in one form or another since 2007, looking back on what has happened in the past year astonishes me. The rapid pace of development, growth and maturity that took place over the last year is astounding. So, below I wanted to document a few of the main developments I’ve seen from my personal perspective in 2017, which I hope to see continue in 2018. An increasing government focus on entrepreneurship TL;DR – Almost every government across the MENA region has woken up and is actively supporting the startup ...

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Guest Post: Giulio Chiarenza is the co-founder of Equipboard, the world’s largest database of artists and the gear they use. SEO (short for Search Engine Optimization) is a fickle beast. We usually see companies fall into one of two camps; those that think of SEO as a “nice to have” secondary growth channel, and those that rely on it as the primary driver of growth and monetization. Our site Equipboard (batch 8) decidedly falls into the latter, but the journey to SEO competency has been an adventurous one to say the least. We’ve taken our fair share of missteps, and were it not for the SEO gurus we’ve met through 500 and the rest of our network, one of those ...

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At last week’s PreMoney conference, more than 500 investors and LPs packed into the InterContinental in San Francisco to learn about the latest trends in venture capital from some of the biggest names in the industry. The goal behind PreMoney is to foster a community that shares resources and strategies for innovation in venture capital. This year’s event was no exception, with plenty of bold predictions and actionable insights. If you missed the event (or just want to relive the smooth emceeing of 500 partner Arjun Arora), here’s our recap of an action-packed day and some of the key themes that were covered: For the TL;DR crowd, you can also skip straight to the photos, videos, and speakers’ decks from ...

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2018 Predictions, Inclusion, ICOs & More
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It’s been a rigorous last two months searching throughout Latin America for the next batch of startups to join our portfolio. During this time we received applications from over 825 companies, interviewed over 150, and finally selected 12 companies to welcome to the #500strong global family. Today we are  thrilled to announce the latest companies to the 500 Startups Mexico City Seed Program, Batch 8. This new batch consists of founders from all over Latin America; with companies from Argentina (2 companies), Chile (1 company), Colombia (1 company), Mexico (6 companies), and Peru (2 companies). Batch 8 includes a focus on FinTech (4 companies), Logistics (3 companies), SAAS (2 companies), E-commerce (2 companies), and Recruiting. Here’s a full list of ...

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Guest Post: Regina Leung is Vice-President of Healthcare at Bay Angels and owns her own consulting firm in healthcare and life sciences. Last month, I spent a week at Berkeley attending VC Unlocked: Deal Camp, 500 Startups’ crash course on all things early stage investing with UC Berkeley Law. I’ve been an angel investor for about a year with several startup investments to date, but was looking for the right program to become a more knowledgeable investor. Deal Camp was a great opportunity to grow my network, drill down on important topics like valuations and term sheets, and hear directly from current VCs about real investments they have made and the investment landscape in Silicon Valley. Now that I’ve had ...

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Venture Capital Unlocked: Secrets to Silicon Valley Investing in Asia, our inaugural course taught in collaboration with INSEAD, wrapped up on November 10th. This course convened 23 participants from 10 countries for five days to learn how Silicon Valley’s best practices can be applied to Asian markets. Here’s a quick introduction the  class: 10 Countries: Cambodia, China, Germany, Indonesia, Japan, Korea South, Singapore, Thailand, Ukraine, and Vietnam. Participants have made 40+ investments in total $50M+ in total projected investment budgets over the next two years Areas of interest include: AI, Biotech, B2B Consumer, Digital Payments, E-commerce, Edtech, Fintech, Food, Logistics, Regtech, Retail, AR/VR, A Long Time Coming Our collaboration with INSEAD marks the first time we’ve conducted a full investor ...

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PreMoney, our one-day conference on the future of venture capital, takes place in San Francisco on December 5th. It’s hard to believe, but this will be our fifth (yes, fifth) year hosting the event! The PreMoney stage has been host to a lot of big names and unicorn costumes over the years. Since we started in 2013, more than 2,000 fund managers, investors, angels, and LPs have traveled to cities like San Francisco, Miami, and Hong Kong to learn about the latest disruptive technology, strategies, and models in VC. We have a particularly kickass agenda this year. We’re looking forward to sitting down with some of the brightest minds in the industry, including top VCs behind companies like Snap, Lyft, ...

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