500startups

  • Live From The First Ever MamaBear Family Conference

    Live From The First Ever MamaBear Family Conference

    Because I’m so clearly ready to settle down and have a family, I am at the first ever 500Startups┬áMamabear Family conference in Mountain View today, watching a group of talks from family-oriented startups and people who have experience with family oriented startups — like Wittlebee’s Sean Percival and mama-entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg. Yesterday I was totally ready to remove… Read More

  • Google Buys G.Co To Create An Official URL Shortcut For Google Products

    Google Buys G.Co To Create An Official URL Shortcut For Google Products

    Google joins Internet biggies Twitter (T.Co) , Overstock (O.co) and Amazon (A.Co, Z.Co and K.Co) today in taking over the G.Co domain name, buying the TLD in order to build the official URL shortcut for Google products like GMail, Documents and Photos. While representatives from the .Co registry wouldn’t comment on the specific pricing of the deal, .Co-founder Juan Diego Calle recently… Read More

  • Women of Color in Tech: How Can We Encourage Them?

    Over the last five years, I have taught more than 300 really smart students. One of the smartest, at the Masters of Engineering Management at Duke University, was Viva Leigh Miller, a black woman. She had the ambition of moving to Silicon Valley after she graduated last year. I expected she would become a hotshot CEO. But Viva couldn’t get a job in the Valley—despite introductions… Read More

  • 500 Startups Announces First Class Of New Incubator Program

    Six months ago 500 Startups, the angel fund headed by Dave McClure, started investing in dozens of startups — they’re now up to around 90 investments. And today the fund is announcing an incubator program similar in many ways to Y Combinator, TechStars, and the numerous other programs that have popped up to support fledgling tech startups. As with these other programs, 500 Startups… Read More

  • Former YouTube, Google Product Manager Christine Tsai Joins 500 Startups

    In January, we broke the news that prolific Silicon Valley angel investor Dave McClure was to set up his own venture capital fund. About a month ago, he formally filed for the ($30 million) seed fund and incubator, naming it 500 Startups. McClure has now made his first hire for the investment firm, attracting former YouTube and Google product manager Christine Tsai to serve as Principal. Read More

  • Dave McClure Files For $30 Million Venture Fund: 500 Startups

    In January, we broke the news that prolific Silicon Valley angel investor Dave McClure was to set up its own venture capital fund. Yesterday, the man filed for the fund with the SEC, providing us with more details (hat tip to FormDs.com). The name will be 500 Startups – McClure has long called himself the master of 500 hats – and the initial fund will amount to max. $30 million… Read More