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  • Understanding Omni-Channel Opportunities with Square at Founders Day
    by Guest Author on April 9, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    Guest Post: The following post is a sponsored guest post by Square, Inc. All views and opinions represented in this post are the views and opinions of Square, Inc. and do not represent those of 500 Startups or any of its staff or affiliates. For many startups in the 500 portfolio, understanding how they can make the easiest, most seamless transactions possible is a top priority. They don’t want to have to worry about their customer not being able to find an easy way to complete a sale due to credit card processing issues. Instead of just introducing them to some of the top credit card point-of-sale companies, we wanted to bring together both parties for a conversation around what’s ... Read More The post Understanding Omni-Channel Opportunities with Square at Founders Day appeared first on 500 Startups.

  • How We Created our Digital Demo Day Experience
    by Natalie Riso on April 9, 2020 at 12:19 pm

    The COVID-19 pandemic is affecting the entire startup ecosystem, and in the name of safety and support of our founders, we hosted our first-ever Digital Demo Day. This was a whole new take on demo day for us, and the end result was a unique and inspiring experience for both our startups and investor community. Making the switch to an online demo day was no easy task. However, as concerns grew over our international founders needing to return to their home countries and not being able to attend Demo Day in-person, we made the decision early on to have all of the startups pre-record their presentations remotely. To help them with this process, we created a Zoom Guide so that ... Read More The post How We Created our Digital Demo Day Experience appeared first on 500 Startups.

  • How Startups Can Navigate the Change in Investment Climate Due to COVID-19
    by Tim Chae on April 6, 2020 at 11:27 pm

    With the rise in regulations and restrictions surrounding COVID-19, we’ve entered unprecedented times on a global scale. On our end, we hosted our first-ever Digital Demo Day to ensure the safety and protection of our team and founders. Using YouTube Live and recorded presentations, as well as an investor-founder Slack channel, we found success in this new format. We registered over 5K unique views during the Demo Day live stream, and over 1,300 investors joined the Slack channel to chat with our founders. If you missed the event, watch it here. The challenge remains, however, of navigating the current investment climate, and we want to help our founders as much as possible in this unknown landscape. To do so, we ... Read More The post How Startups Can Navigate the Change in Investment Climate Due to COVID-19 appeared first on 500 Startups.

  • 5 Ways Startups Can Make it Through Periods of Uncertainty
    by Guest Author on April 6, 2020 at 5:45 pm

    Guest Post: The following post is a sponsored guest post by Nik Adhia, Senior Director of Global Operations, 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. Founders and employees alike have been on edge given uncertain economic conditions, so let’s just get right into a few ways startups can think about running leaner.   Distinguish between needs and “nice-to-haves” At times of challenge, it is important to examine activities and decide which are critical in the current moment. It is important for startups to operate lean in general, as it may not be easy ... Read More The post 5 Ways Startups Can Make it Through Periods of Uncertainty appeared first on 500 Startups.

  • How the 500 Startups Community Is Helping Those Affected By COVID-19
    by Christine Tsai on April 3, 2020 at 2:48 pm

    We at 500 are focused on helping the global community during these unsettling and unprecedented times. We are hosting roundtables and webinars with our partners and founders to address relevant topics, including the state of financing with our portfolio, and tips on how to manage a team remotely. Our goal is to offer resources to our founders, fellow investors, and the greater tech community.  Many of our global portfolio companies are also dedicating resources and time to be part of the solution to the COVID-19 crisis. These companies are addressing urgently important solutions like helping healthcare workers on the front lines, increasing awareness of preventative measures, and alleviating some of the financial burden on some of the hardest-hit industries.  Helping ... Read More The post How the 500 Startups Community Is Helping Those Affected By COVID-19 appeared first on 500 Startups.

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