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$184K ($50K)
Typical Investments
Expected Deals/Year
Unique LPs have invested
Note from 500 Women

In the last 4 years, 500 has backed over 200 women-led companies like Wildfire, Viki, Barkbox, Moonfruit, TheRealReal, Tradesy, and ipsy. With the 500 Women syndicate, we're doubling down even further. Over the next year, we’re aiming to invest $1M across 10 women-backed companies out of the 500 portfolio, plus an additional $1-5M total in these companies via the 500 Women syndicate backers. This means for each company, they’ll get $50-100K from us (our standard investment amount) and up to an additional $500K from our syndicate backers.

Backers can be both women and men. But we especially want to challenge more women to make investments, so we hope to see a good number of female investors come on as backers.

We will select 10 companies a year from the 500 Startups portfolio to syndicate. Companies must have at least one female founder who owns >= 10% of the company.
500 Startups Legal
Legal Team of 500 Startups
Rui Ma
ex Partner @500startups, IBD @merrill-lynch, @morgan-stanley, BSEE @university-of-california-berkeley, EMBA @tsinghua, @insead-1
Christen O'Brien
Vp Marketing
VP Marketing @nfx. Co-Founding Partner @500startups. Founder - ReWIRED. Dedicated to building epic companies with the ubiquitous power of storytelling.
Christine Tsai
Seed Fund
CEO and Founding Partner @500startups . Previously @google & @youtube . Left-handed. Ballet dancer of > 25 yrs. Go Bears.
Bedy Yang
Seed Fund
Managing Partner 500Startups (focused Latam + international); Founder @brazil-innovators
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Acquired by Google for $350M in 2012
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Acquired in 2018
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Acquired by Rakuten Americas in 2015
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Acquired in 2014
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Ben Smith
Investor, Advisor to and Founder of Technology Businesses
Scott and Cyan Banister
Seed investors; Founder @ironport @topsy; Board Member @paypal @postmates
Kevin Henrikson
VP Eng / Co-Founder @acompli was EIR @redpoint-ventures and Eng leader @zimbra @vmware @yahoo. Interests: Mobile, Collaboration, Email, SaaS, & Ad Networks.
Thomson Nguyen
EIR, @kleiner-perkins . Visiting Scholar at @new-york-university. Founded @framed-data (YC W14, acquired by @square ).
Alan Braverman
Co-founder of Textline. Previously @xoom-1 @geni @yammer @mollyguard @eventbrite
Josh Mohrer
Operator turned Investor/Advisor - first 40 @uber, grew NYC as GM, scaled Metro-NY business to $3bn.
Anthony Saleh
I am a man from LA. That is it.
Shanna Tellerman
Founder & CEO, @modsy, Partner @googleventures. Founder & CEO @sim Ops Studios/ Wild Pockets (acquired by @autodesk ), spin off @carnegie-mellon-university-2
Bedy is the woman!
Bedy has deep knowledge of the Brazilian market.
Rafael Carvalho
For Bedy Yang's investment at Edools
Christine is a superstar. She's smart, she's connected, and she makes every startup she works with better. I recommend her and 500 highly!
Adam Rifkin
Advisor of a company Christine Tsai invested in
She is the absolute Mamabear of the 500S program -- she's open and accessible, but also has the claws to help you with fundraising connections and intros.
Tracy Lawrence
Founder of a company Christine Tsai invested in
I don't even know where to begin -- Christine frickin' rocks. She's responsive, helpful, in touch with what companies and teams are going through, and has a great sense of humor. Anyone that has a chance to work with Christine should consider themselves very lucky!
Working with Christine at the 500 Startups incubator was a real blessing for us. Christine gave us guidance and key introductions that changed the course of our business for the better.
Jay Singh
For Christine Tsai's investment at ViralGains
Best POC from 500startups. Great network, great support!
Raffaele Giovine
For Christine Tsai's investment at italist.com
What can I say that others here have not already said? Christine is somebody I look up to and is a good friend. She gave me good advice on a startup idea I had, I found that advice to be spot on.
She is smart and cool
Susana Cipriota
For Christine Tsai's investment at Funnely
Christine might be the most awesome person ever. Built an amazing organization, learn so much working with her.
Christine is an amazing human being prior to the great investor, mentor and supporter she has been for WePlann and me. Christine has found time in her busy schedule to offer us advice on hiring, growth, fundraising, culture and tenacity. I am humbled and very lucky to have Christine involved...more
Oliver Camargo
For Christine Tsai's investment at WePlann
Outstanding VP of Marketing
James Currier
For Christen O'Brien's work at NFX
Rui is a very accessible, responsive, and supportive investor. We're luck to have her and the 500 team!
Rui Ma is super smart! I remember when I was so bad at pitching my product, she still got it right away and even shared a few genius insights on how to make it better. She has a global mindset and a big vision to her dreams. Meeting and talking with her is one of the best things that could ever...more
Rui is very entrepreneur friendly and has a pulse on what's happening in both the valley and in China. She is not afraid of sharing insights and her help has been invaluable to our team.
Rui is smart, responsive and eager to understand the drivers for success in my company and industry. She's impressed our team with her insightful questions and offers to help.
Rui is one of the most energetic VCs I've met. Her passion for supporting entrepreneurs is apparent through her work with us. Her charisma and style add a unique personal touch to the 500 Startup approach in China. Go Rui.
Rui has been very helpful to us and is both smart and hard-working for her startups, the market, and the ecosystem in general.
Rui is a really supportive and knowledgable investor, she's a great asset.
Rui is one of the few in Asia that really gets the market, all while bringing Valley savviness in helping entrepreneurs. We're lucky to have connected with her as she continues to provide valuable advice and mentorship to us and other startups all over the region.
Raymond Yip
For Rui Ma's investment at Shopline
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500 Women is a supervised person of or otherwise affiliated with 500 STARTUPS MANAGEMENT COMPANY, LLC, an “Exempt Reporting Adviser” under the Investment Advisers Act of 1940. Important information regarding 500 STARTUPS MANAGEMENT COMPANY, LLC, CRD Number 161526, can be found on its Form ADV available here. 500 Women’s relationship with 500 STARTUPS MANAGEMENT COMPANY, LLC may give rise to potential conflicts of interest or conflicting duties, which could materially impact the performance any deals led by this syndicate.