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Matt Lerner reduces role at 500 Startups to launch ‘growth coaching’ company Heretix

Matt Lerner, who has for the last few years effectively been 500 Startups’ main person in London, is reducing his role at the Silicon Valley-based VC fund and accelerator to pursue a new busines

Hustle Fund, founded by two ex-500 Startups partners, closes $11.5 million fund

Hustle Fund, the pre-seed firm founded by former 500 Startups partners Elizabeth Yin and Eric Bahn, has closed their first fund, coming in at the tune of $11.5 million. Hustle Fund also recently broug

The top 10 startups from Y Combinator’s Demo Day S18 Day 2

Fifty-nine startups took the stage at Y Combinator’s Demo Day 2, and among the highlights were a company that helps developers manage in-app subscriptions; a service that lets you create animoji

Kredivo raises $30M to build a digital credit card for Southeast Asia

FinAccel, a Southeast Asia-based startup that offers a digital credit card service in Indonesia, has closed a $30 million Series B round as it begins to consider overseas expansion. The company launch

Naspers is in talks to invest in Southeast Asia’s Carousell

Naspers, the South Africa-based firm that famously backed Chinese giant Tencent in its infancy, is in talks to invest in Singapore-based startup Carousell, according to two sources with knowledge of d

Here’s the 23rd batch of 500 Startups companies

500 Startups may soon be coming up on the one-year mark for the end of a tumultuous saga involving its founder, but its accelerator classes still continue to plug along — and its next batch is now g

500 Startups takes strategic investment from Abu Dhabi Financial Group

500 Startups, the U.S.-headquartered VC firm hit by scandal last year after co-founder Dave McClure resigned following allegations of sexual misconduct, has announced an unconventional deal that sees

Global tech firms and investors are reshaping Latin America’s startup environment

Julie Ruvolo Contributor Julie Ruvolo, a former writer for TechCrunch, is the head of editorial content for the Latin American Private Equity and Venture Capital Association. More posts by this contri

500 Startups-backed Tamatem raises $2.5M to localise games for Arabic-speaking market

<a target="_blank" href="http://tamatem.co/">Tamatem</a>, a startup backed by 500 Startups that creates localised versions of popular games so that they resonate better with users in Arabic speaking c

Japan’s SmartHR raises $13.3M led by 500 Startups

SmartHR, a startup helping Japanese employers run HR and staffing smarter — because that’s of course its name — has raised a JPY 1.5 billion ($13.3 million) Series B round led by 500

Why Freada Kapor Klein thinks there’s a moral crisis in Silicon Valley

Every week, it seems, brings new ethical questions about Silicon Valley. A seemingly endless rash of sexual scandals in the venture community. Twitter supposedly used by anonymous Russian trolls t

Ex-500 Startups partners launch Hustle Fund to level the playing field for founders

Ex-500 Startups partners Elizabeth Yin and Eric Bahn want to focus on potential impact, not on whether or not founders have a degree from Stanford or some Ivy League school. Their goal with Hustle Fun

The downside of writing up demo days

Tech writers are invited to a lot of demo days, as you might imagine. Sometimes, these presentations are very long, with many startup teams taking the stage to pitch to investors and the media. Someti

‘Airbnb for boats’ startup Boatsetter buys competitor Boatbound

You don't have to be rich or T-Pain to be "on a boat." You can rent one plus a captain for the day from Boatsetter. And now it's got boats in more than 300 locations around the U.S. since it just acqu

Crunch Report | Facebook Launches ‘Watch’ for Original Shows

Facebook launches Watch Tab, Coinbase raises a $100 million Series D, Consumer Reports pulls its Microsoft Surface recommendation and 500 Startups Australia falls apart. All this on Crunch Report

500 Startups’ Australia accelerator program is axed by its partner before it even launched

500 Startups continues to feel the impact of a sexual harassment scandal involving its co-founder and former managing partner Dave McClure . Two weeks after the closure of its Canada-based fund, its m

Here’s the 22nd batch of 500 Startups companies

500 Startups is ramping up its next batch of companies in its early-stage startup program, which this time consists of 36 startups. The firm's pitch to companies entering the accelerator has generally

Our favorite startups from 500 Startups’ 21st class

Another season, another group of startups presenting as part of 500 Startups’ 21st demo day. This time around, 29 companies pitched on stage at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View. We notic

500 Startups shuts down its Canada fund

Following sexual harassment allegations that led to the resignation of 500 Startups co-founder Dave McClure, it’s now emerged that the troubled VC firm has abandoned its Canada fund. According

The long-term cost of sexual harassment

When news recently broke that multiple women have accused 500 Startups founder Dave McClure of sexual harassment, I felt like I’d been punched in the stomach. In 2015, I was propositioned and groped
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