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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.

  • Why the Accelerator Model is Broken—and how 500 Startups is Fixing it
    by Aaron Blumenthal on March 26, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    No one would’ve envisioned me as a venture capitalist. I was raised in rural Wyoming, far from the high stakes and deep pockets of Wall Street and Silicon Valley. But from a young age, going against the grain was in my DNA. It’s what led me to San Francisco, and, ultimately, what drew me to 500 Startups. When I moved to San Francisco in 2012, I was working on my fourth startup and looking to join an accelerator. 500 immediately stood out to me, not only for their reputation as one of the top accelerators in Silicon Valley, but also because they seemed to be one of the few VCs at the time that recognized that true entrepreneurship was blind ... Read More The post Why the Accelerator Model is Broken—and how 500 Startups is Fixing it appeared first on 500 Startups.

  • Welcoming New Partner and Global Digital Transformation Expert Flavio Dias as We Step Up Our Presence in Brazil
    by Bedy Yang on March 18, 2020 at 3:29 pm

    I first met Flavio in 2013, when he co-invested alongside 500 Startups in Olist, one of Brazil’s largest online marketplaces–which recently raised a Series C round. Olist’s founder was in our San Francisco accelerator program, and in his next round of funding turned to Flavio, who was then president of Walmart.com in Brazil. He became instrumental in building Olist’s name.  Flavio already had a solid reputation as an e-commerce pioneer and operator in the country. For nearly two decades, he helped multiple companies, including multinationals, launch their online operations in Brazil. After a successful experience at Philips, Magazine Luiza, one of Brazil’s biggest retailers, hired him to re-launch its website and improve the user experience as head of e-commerce. Those ... Read More The post Welcoming New Partner and Global Digital Transformation Expert Flavio Dias as We Step Up Our Presence in Brazil appeared first on 500 Startups.

  • Tools and Tips for Working Remotely From 500 & GitLab
    by Natalie Riso on March 18, 2020 at 2:00 pm

    On March 16th, 500 had the opportunity to lead a chat with Darren Murph, the Head of Working Remote at GitLab. Due to the novel COVID-19 virus, many companies are adapting their workforces to be partially, if not completely, remote. GitLab is currently one of the largest all-remote companies with the world, and we love just how transparent they have been regarding best practices and company policies. Here’s what they had to say to 500 portfolio companies looking for some advice in these rather unusual times. Tips From GitLab’s Head of Remote The biggest question when working remotely is how to hire and onboard someone new. What you should look for in an interviewee: Look for someone who is a ... Read More The post Tools and Tips for Working Remotely From 500 & GitLab appeared first on 500 Startups.

  • Ones to Watch in Esports
    by Emily King on March 10, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Esports continues to be a leader in advancing media technology, yet the gaming community continues to struggle in creating a singular hub for viewers to check out all their favorite games and for there to be a singular hub for gaming education. With the market as large as ever and continuing to grow, Batch 26 companies Gamerzclass and Juked are working towards creating the next big hubs in esports.  Giving You The Coach You Always Wanted – Gamerzclass Professional esports players know how challenging and competitive teams can get, from local club teams to college to the professional level. Compared to more traditional sports like football or baseball, esports does not have the same kind of established coaching and educational ... Read More The post Ones to Watch in Esports appeared first on 500 Startups.

  • Using Design Strategy to Unlock Growth
    by Guest Author on March 9, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    Guest Post: The following post is a sponsored guest post by Noteh Krauss. All views and opinions represented in this post are the views and opinions of Krauss and do not represent those of 500 Startups or any of its staff or affiliates. As a designer with my own agency and a mentor to dozens of Silicon Valley startups, I’ve come across my fair share of design challenges. Though every client or startup I advise is different, I’ve spotted some patterns of design issues that founders seem to miss. Despite the fact that my design career began with a personal interest in design and aesthetics in Kazakhstan, most of my work was centered around North American companies with North American ... Read More The post Using Design Strategy to Unlock Growth appeared first on 500 Startups.