500 startups

  • A Super Angel’s View On Venture Capital In 2015

    A Super Angel’s View On Venture Capital In 2015

    As the first quarter of 2015 draws to a close, it’s clear that the venture capital industry is evolving. Since 2005, thousands of new millionaires have been minted by the IPOs of Alibaba Group, Lending Club, Go Pro, Box, Zendesk, Facebook, Pandora, Zynga, Linkedin, Homeaway, Zipcar and countless others. Read More

  • General Assembly And 500 Startups Partner For Accelerator Prep Program

    General Assembly And 500 Startups Partner For Accelerator Prep Program

    General Assembly and 500 Startups are putting their collective heads together to provide an accelerator prep program designed for alumnae of the GA’s curriculum. The month long program is taking applications now and will give capital and training to companies that include at least one graduate of a General Assembly immersive or part-time course or online circuit. Read More

  • ZipMatch Lands $2.5M To Expand Its Property Portal Beyond The Philippines

    ZipMatch Lands $2.5M To Expand Its Property Portal Beyond The Philippines

    ZipMatch, an online property portal in the Philippines, is the latest startup in Southeast Asia to receive investment from Monk’s Hill Ventures and its $80 million fund. The prominent VC firm led a $2.5 million Series A round, which included participation from existing investor 500 Startups, that will go towards strengthening ZipMatch’s domestic business and expanding in… Read More

  • Dave McClure Will Join Us At TechCrunch Disrupt NY

    Dave McClure Will Join Us At TechCrunch Disrupt NY

    Five years ago, Dave McClure decided to strike out on his own and start a little venture firm called 500 Startups. At the time, the pure ambition of giving his seed-stage investment fund that name sounded crazy (classic Dave!) and many questioned his plan to invest small amounts of capital in a massive number of startups. Read More

  • Fiberead Helps Foreign Authors Break Into China’s E-Book Market

    Fiberead Helps Foreign Authors Break Into China’s E-Book Market

    China’s book publishing market is worth about $20 billion and e-books are a fast-growing segment, but it’s difficult for foreign authors to gain a foothold. First they have to find a publisher and then wait for their book to be translated and edited, a process that can take up to a year. Fiberead, a Beijing-based startup, wants to make the process faster and more straightforward. Read More

  • Tutoring Marketplace Studypool Snags $1.2 Million

    Tutoring Marketplace Studypool Snags $1.2 Million

    Studypool, a 500 Startups-backed startup offering an online marketplace that connects students with tutors on a per question basis, has just closed on $1.2 million in seed funding, after growing its site to include some 22,000 tutors and nearly double that in terms of student users. The new round, which makes co-founder Richard Werbe the youngest founder ever to raise over a million at… Read More

  • 500 Startups Launches A $15M Korea-Focused Fund Called 500 Kimchi

    500 Startups Launches A $15M Korea-Focused Fund Called 500 Kimchi

    With its extremely high smartphone penetration rate, speedy broadband connections, and advanced economy, South Korea is one of the richest breeding grounds for tech innovation in Asia. 500 Startups, which has already made several investments in Korean companies, is digging deeper into the country with the launch of 500 Kimchi, a $15 million fund that will focus on mobile companies. Read More

  • Funnely Builds Smarter Facebook Ad Campaigns For Online Stores

    Funnely Builds Smarter Facebook Ad Campaigns For Online Stores

    If you run an e-commerce business, Facebook can be a big opportunity for making sales and finding new customers — in fact, the company just announced new ad units for this very purpose. But if you need a little more hand-holding, there’s a startup called Funnely that might help. Funnely was created by a team based in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and that’s where the… Read More

  • 500 Startups Is Raising A $10M Fund In Thailand To Increase Its Focus On Asia

    500 Startups Is Raising A $10M Fund In Thailand To Increase Its Focus On Asia

    500 Startups, the U.S. startup investor/accelerator with a reputation for backing startups across the world, is deepening its efforts in Asia with a new $10 million micro-fund for Thailand. The organization launched a $10 million fund for Asia — ‘500 Durians’ — in 2013, but this new one — ‘500 TukTuks’, named after the iconic taxis pictured above… Read More

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