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  • Ready to scale in Southeast Asia? Start in Singapore.
    by Janelle Apaydin on November 27, 2019 at 4:26 pm

    While people may think of Singapore as a top startup city, what they may not realize is that this city-state potentially has quite a bit more to offer as a local hub when looking to scale throughout the region. This fall, we kicked off Global Launch, a program aimed at building bridges between Singapore and the Silicon Valley. This two-way program brings Singaporean startups here to San Francisco for targeted immersion and education in the heart of the Silicon Valley, and sends another group of global startups to Singapore as they prepare entry into the Southeast Asian market.  We caught up with a few startups from Batch 1 of the Global Launch – SF Program, who have scaled in Singapore ... Read More The post Ready to scale in Southeast Asia? Start in Singapore. appeared first on 500 Startups.

  • Inside Batch 25 at 500 Startups
    by Guest Author on November 21, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    Guest Post: Rishika Jhamb is the Marketing Lead at Alluva. Under no circumstances should any of the below content be construed as legal, tax or investment advice from 500 Startups or any of its affiliates. Alluva at 500 Startups: What it was really like being a part of Batch 25 In March of 2019, Alluva was accepted into Batch 25 of 500 Startups. As part of the founding team at Alluva, my thoughts ranged from excitement at the incredible learning opportunity to worry about how challenging 500’s batches were rumored to be. The outcome was that it was both – and when you’re at Demo Day, you’re going to be grateful to the part that’s ‘too challenging’. What Alluva is ... Read More The post Inside Batch 25 at 500 Startups appeared first on 500 Startups.

  • The Future of Corporate Venture Capital
    by Bedy Yang on October 25, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    The following is an excerpt from 500’s latest report, Unlocking Corporate Venture Capital. How has corporate venture capital changed? In the decade since the Great Recession, we have seen digital upstarts – taking advantage of disruptive technologies from AI to IoT – reshape the economy and the corporate pecking order.  Conventional wisdom dictated that incumbents should focus their innovation efforts on R&D and growing their cash cows while investing in a few startups. But the rate of change has accelerated and with it, the balance of internal versus external investment. We believe the new corporate landscape calls for new strategies. As one of the most active, early-stage investors in the world¹, 500 Startups has a unique perspective on the innovation ... Read More The post The Future of Corporate Venture Capital appeared first on 500 Startups.

  • 500 Around the World: Takeaways from the Sberbank-500 Accelerator
    by Janelle Apaydin on October 4, 2019 at 9:23 pm

    If 500 has learned one thing from investing in over 75 countries, it’s the importance of placing bets in all the right founders and helping build ecosystems for them to thrive in. 500 is a firm believer of the idea that talent can be found everywhere, but you have to understand where that talent is and what unique challenges they are going to face in their region. One of these often-overlooked regions is Russia, which despite challenges, has a booming tech and startup ecosystem.  Last year, 500 partnered with Sberbank—Russia’s largest bank and a leading global financial institution—to launch an accelerator in Moscow, bridging the gap in knowledge and social capital between Silicon Valley and Russia. Thirty hand-selected startups took ... Read More The post 500 Around the World: Takeaways from the Sberbank-500 Accelerator appeared first on 500 Startups.

  • Inside 500: How Their Accelerator Helped Me Grow My Accounting-as-a-Service Company and Raise $2 Million
    by Guest Author on October 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm

    Felix Rodriguez is the founder and CEO of Back Office, a human-assisted AI platform and bookkeeping service for companies and consultants. In an interview with Nathan Beckord on Foundersuite’s “How I Raised It” podcast he shared how 500 Startups was instrumental in the early growth of BackOffice. Below is an excerpt of his interview.  I believe founders have superpowers. Before I started Back Office, I had built about 10 startups and sold three of them, growing teams that started in my living room to offices of 50 to 75 employees really rapidly.  The idea for Back Office came from a pain point I encountered with each startup: the one thing I hated with each company — and put off doing ... Read More The post Inside 500: How Their Accelerator Helped Me Grow My Accounting-as-a-Service Company and Raise $2 Million appeared first on 500 Startups.

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  • YouTube asks the FTC to clarify how video creators should comply with COPPA ruling
    by Sarah Perez on December 9, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    YouTube is asking the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for further clarification and better guidance to help video creators understand how to comply with the FTC’s guidelines set forth as part of YouTube’s settlement with the regulator over its violations of children’s privacy laws. The FTC in September imposed a historic fine of $170 million for

  • YouTube asks the FTC to clarify how video creators should comply with COPPA ruling
    by Sarah Perez on December 9, 2019 at 9:28 pm

    YouTube is asking the U.S. Federal Trade Commission for further clarification and better guidance to help video creators understand how to comply with the FTC’s guidelines set forth as part of YouTube’s settlement with the regulator over its violations of children’s privacy laws. The FTC in September imposed a historic fine of $170 million for

  • AWS is sick of waiting for your company to move to the cloud
    by Ron Miller on December 9, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    AWS held its annual re:Invent customer conference last week in Las Vegas. Being Vegas, there was pageantry aplenty, of course, but this year’s model felt a bit different than in years past, lacking the onslaught of major announcements we are used to getting at this event. Perhaps the pace of innovation could finally be slowing,

  • AWS is sick of waiting for your company to move to the cloud
    by Ron Miller on December 9, 2019 at 7:29 pm

    AWS held its annual re:Invent customer conference last week in Las Vegas. Being Vegas, there was pageantry aplenty, of course, but this year’s model felt a bit different than in years past, lacking the onslaught of major announcements we are used to getting at this event. Perhaps the pace of innovation could finally be slowing,

  • Berlin-based streaming guide JustWatch acquires New York rival GoWatchIt
    by Sarah Perez on December 9, 2019 at 6:07 pm

    Berlin-headquartered streaming guide JustWatch has grown to more than 10 million users across 38 countries in less than five years. Now, it’s expanding its U.S. presence with the acquisition of New York-based rival GoWatchIt, from Plexus Entertainment. Deal terms were not revealed but were a mixture of cash and stock for the smaller operation, which

Is Your Business Idea Good? Here’s How to Find Out

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.

Source: 25 Case Study Examples Every Marketer Should See