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  • Meet the Startups of Batch 26
    by Aaron Blumenthal on February 11, 2020 at 12:15 pm

    We are excited to announce our 26th batch of companies to join our flagship seed accelerator in San Francisco. From social media analytics to sensors and AI and more, this group of 29 companies was chosen from over 3,000 applicants, representing a less than 1% acceptance rate.  As with every batch, we are continuing our commitment to discovering and backing the world’s most talented entrepreneurs, and recognizing that great founders come in all shades, genders and nationalities. Of the 29 companies in Batch 26, 37% come from outside of the U.S., including Brazil, Nigeria and India. 30% of the companies have a female founder and 70% have one or more founders who identify as a racial minority. Without further ado, ... Read More The post Meet the Startups of Batch 26 appeared first on 500 Startups.

  • Enterprise customers want to work with startups. Here’s how to get in the door.
    by Guest Author on January 31, 2020 at 8:01 pm

    Guest Post: The following post is a sponsored guest post by Perry Light, the Market Connect Lead, North America of Oracle for Startups. All views and opinions represented in this post are the views and opinions of Oracle for Startups and do not represent those of 500 Startups or any of its staff or affiliates. If you would like to join Oracle for Startups, apply and use the code “500 Startups”.  As a startup founder, you are an evangelist. You mesmerize your audience with your conviction and entice them with visions of a better world that is available through an offering that only you can provide. Rather than salvation, it’s savings you dangle before a rapt audience—a paradise of pain ... Read More The post Enterprise customers want to work with startups. Here’s how to get in the door. appeared first on 500 Startups.

  • Market Research for Startups: 3 Steps to Success
    by Guest Author on January 28, 2020 at 10:27 pm

    Guest Post: The following post is a sponsored guest post by SEMrush. All views and opinions represented in this post are the views and opinions of SEMrush and do not represent those of 500 Startups or any of its staff or affiliates.  When you’re researching a market for the first time, it’s essential to find out what companies operate in your niche. And it’s no less important to understand how these businesses made it to the list of top industry players and what marketing strategies they follow. You also need to research target audience characteristics and preferences, regional opportunities, competitors’ offerings, and overall market development in dynamics. The question is, how are you going to do all that? Most startup ... Read More The post Market Research for Startups: 3 Steps to Success appeared first on 500 Startups.

  • 5 Fast Ways To Know You’re Underpriced & How To Fix It
    by Guest Author on January 7, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    I see this far too often: earnest company joins me on an introductory call seeking advice on how to grow revenue and profit quickly. I ask them how they arrived at their current price for their product/service. Some fuzzy answer emerges. This gives me the opportunity to share my favorite “growth hack”—increase prices.  As long as the company is open-minded enough to fully hear me out and willing to develop a game plan with me, prices can be increased shortly with no downside risk. I’ll say that again: no downside risk. Look, I’m really lucky to be a part-time Entrepreneur-In-Residence (EIR) at 500 Startups, one of the most active seed-stage investors on planet earth. From my vantage point as their ... Read More The post 5 Fast Ways To Know You’re Underpriced & How To Fix It appeared first on 500 Startups.

  • The Value of the 500 Seed Accelerator in 2019
    by Natalie Riso on December 20, 2019 at 7:03 pm

    Going into 2020, 500 will be entering it’s tenth year of operation. It’s been a crazy journey for us from a small first batch of startups in our Silicon Valley Accelerator to running accelerators across the globe and investing in founders from over 76 countries. While we have undoubtedly matured as a company, we continue to strive to make our Seed Accelerator one of the top programs to support founders and help them build companies at-scale.  Over the past nine years, the venture capital landscape has dramatically changed. What previously defined a “seed” stage is no longer the case, as the average seed investment has gone from $0.5M to $2M.   We’ve also seen an ever-expanding set of options for ... Read More The post The Value of the 500 Seed Accelerator in 2019 appeared first on 500 Startups.

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  • Tractable claims $25M to sell damage-assessing AIs to more insurance giants
    by Natasha Lomas on February 27, 2020 at 11:39 am

    London-based insurtech AI startup Tractable, which is applying artificial intelligence to speed up accident and disaster recovery by using computer vision to perform visual damage appraisal instead of getting humans to do the job, has closed a $25 million Series C, led by Canadian investment fund Georgian Partners. Existing investors also participated, including Insight Partners

  • Tractable claims $25M to sell damage-assessing AIs to more insurance giants
    by Natasha Lomas on February 27, 2020 at 11:39 am

    London-based insurtech AI startup Tractable, which is applying artificial intelligence to speed up accident and disaster recovery by using computer vision to perform visual damage appraisal instead of getting humans to do the job, has closed a $25 million Series C, led by Canadian investment fund Georgian Partners. Existing investors also participated, including Insight Partners

  • Cioplenu, the SaaS for ‘deskless’ workers on the production floor, raises €4.2M seed
    by Steve O'Hear on February 27, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Cioplenu, an Augsburg-based startup that is building what it dubs an “operating system” for the production floor, has raised €4.2M in seed financing. Leading the round is Berlin-based Cherry Ventures. Also participating is Munich’s 42Cap, which led Cioplenu’s pre-seed round in 2018, along with three fairly high-profile angels. They are Fabian Heinrich, co-founder of Scoutbee

  • Cioplenu, the SaaS for ‘deskless’ workers on the production floor, raises €4.2M seed
    by Steve O'Hear on February 27, 2020 at 9:00 am

    Cioplenu, an Augsburg-based startup that is building what it dubs an “operating system” for the production floor, has raised €4.2M in seed financing. Leading the round is Berlin-based Cherry Ventures. Also participating is Munich’s 42Cap, which led Cioplenu’s pre-seed round in 2018, along with three fairly high-profile angels. They are Fabian Heinrich, co-founder of Scoutbee

  • SparkLabs Group launches Connex, an accelerator program for smart city technology
    by Catherine Shu on February 27, 2020 at 8:37 am

    SparkLabs Group announced today that it has launched SparkLabs Connex, the latest program in its network of startup accelerators and venture funds. Focused on real estate technology (proptech) and the Internet of Things, SparkLabs Connex will tap into startup ecosystems in Silicon Valley, Seoul, Shenzhen, Taipei and Singapore. The program will support startups working with

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Q: I’ve spent a year investing in a new product, but it just isn’t getting anywhere. What’s next? Do I just keep at it? — Karl, Pittsburgh In nearly 10 years of consulting, there’s one question I wish more clients asked: Is my business idea a good fit for the market?

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25 Case Study Examples Every Marketer Should See

The saying “lead by example” is important in politics and leadership roles — and it’s also critical in marketing. Sure, you can tell potential customers your marketing team is the best at running YouTube campaigns or effectively increasing a website’s cost-per-acquisition (CPA), but until you offer examples, they’re going to have a hard time believing you.

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