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Invest with 500 Startups
Syndicate Following: $2.4M
Typical Investments: $150K ($100K)
Deals Last 12 Months: 5

500 Startups is a Silicon Valley seed fund founded by PayPal and Google alums, and we run one of the top-ranked accelerator programs in the world. We have invested in hundreds of companies across 50 countries, and receive thousands of applications from startups who compete for 30 spots in our accelerator every quarter. Our investing team & mentors have worked at global internet platform companies such as Google, Facebook, PayPal, Amazon, YouTube, Yahoo, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Apple. (we're kind of a big deal ;)

Dealflow

We expect to syndicate ~1 deal per month (~5% of our total # annual investments). Our typical investment will be ~$100K, but could be between $50-$250K. In addition to our capital, we expect to have between $100K-$1M additional capacity (per deal). Note: in case we have limited availability for any syndicate investment, we will offer first preference to investors with whom we have a long pre-existing relationship, in addition to our community of mentors and founders. After that, we will preference larger commitment backers first. (so altho our minimum is $10K, we prefer backers at $25-50K+)

Team
Dave McClure
founder
Founding Partner @500 Startups (prev: @PayPal, Facebook @fbFund, @Founders Fund ). Geek, former developer, entrepreneur, marketing, ultimate frisbee, sith lord.
Christine Tsai
founder
Founding Partner at @500 Startups . Previously @Google & @YouTube . Left-handed. Ballet dancer of ~25 yrs. Go Bears.
Bedy Yang
employee
Managing Partner 500Startups (focused Latam + international); Founder @Brazil Innovators
Khailee Ng
employee
Managing Partner, 500 Startups. Previously founded Groupsmore (exit: Groupon) and SAYS.com (exit: Catcha Group).
Investments
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Acquired by Google for $350M in 2012
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Went public in 2016
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$15M Series B in 2015
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$3.9M Series A in 2015
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Acquired for $117M in 2014
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Acquired by Intuit for $30M in 2014
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$65M Series D in 2015
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Acquired by LinkedIn in 2012
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Backers
Verdi Erel Ergün
Mobile Developer
Founder of Punch Digital Agency, Instore. Worked at Google.
Sundeep Ahuja
Angel
16 Syndicates incl @Mosaic @Change.org; CoFounder @Richrelevance; helped launch @Kiva; Investor @Goodreads @Counsyl; Advisor @Indiegogo; BS CS Stanford
Matt Dickinson
Angel
Founder: iMega $8M EBIT 3yrs Adtech. MindfulnessSummit.com $1M in 1mnth. @Growth Angels, helping great teams grow. Online Growth Expert. Systems & Bio Hacker
Can help with
“Serial founder for past 15 yrs, 8 figure exit & Australia's first "Growth Hacker". I think a lot about all facets of startup growth and...more
Wiktor Schmidt
Entrepreneur
Founder and CEO of @Netguru - Ruby On Rails and mobile software development consulting company.
Allan Thorvaldsen
Angel
Investor in @Zendesk, Softscan (now Part of Symantec), @Panorama9, @SoftCom Solutions, Love Product management, Biz dev and go2market
Anurag (Anu) Nigam
Angel
CEO @fetchmobile. Invested>50 companies(@ModCloth,@XGraph,@3Tera). Mentor @500+ Startups. Member @SAND Hill Angels. Past founder @Hi5,@Cerent,@Siara.
Frank Wu
Angel
Business Owner. Angel. Seed Investor.
Ross Blankenship
Investor
★★★ Angel Investor & CEO AngelKings.com, Expert on Startups, 6x Author [http://goo.gl/1RspNU] & Mentor who ❤'s to invest w/cybersecurity, biotech, fintech.★★★
References
One of the best you can ask for. Dave's network (500Startups) is INVALUABLE
Sam Rosen
Founder of a company Dave McClure invested in
Dave goes out of his way to help the people he invests in.
Ray Grieselhuber
Founder of a company Dave McClure invested in
There is no one else like Dave. Sure, due to his constant hustling, he's not the easiest to get ahold of...but he's a real person and much easier to get ahold than too-cool-for-school-VCs that don't spend 1/10th of the time helping out their portfolio companies. Dave is growing an...more
Jared Goralnick
Founder of a company Dave McClure invested in
Dave is awesome, everybody already knows that. Somehow he even lives up the hype he's created around 500S. He likes to be coy and pretend that he's not nearly as smart as he is - but don't be fooled. He's brilliant.
Blake Commagere
Founder of a company Dave McClure invested in
Dave loves entrepreneurs and has incredibly good instincts when it comes to deciding who to back. Because he is spread thin I have learned to make infrequent and specific asks, to which he has always replied quickly. The day to day value comes from the team he has in place and the 500 startups...more
George Favvas
Founder of a company Dave McClure invested in
500Startups is an amazing resource as a network. Dave isn't so bad either.
 Bubs / Darius A Monsef IV
Founder of a company Dave McClure invested in
I wish they could replicate him. I wish they could make him President. nuff' said.
Guy Hirsch
Founder of a company Dave McClure invested in
Dave is a great investor for any startup! He is fast to decide on investments and easy to work with thought the funding process.
Thomas Korte
Co-investor in a company Dave McClure invested in
Dave is awesome! Great investor -- makes fast decisions, straight-shooter about his thoughts on your company, and always makes the time even though he's so busy. Has made so many intros for me and has given me great advice. Also, he is the most honest person in this business -- very...more
Elizabeth Yin
Founder of a company Dave McClure invested in
Dave is a startup guy's startup guy. Don't let his rockstar reputation and personality scare you away-- he's very real and "<expletive> awesome>. I couldn't wish his success on a better person.
Durjoy Ace Bhattacharjya
Founder of a company Dave McClure took an intro to
Tremendously responsive, has an unmatched network, understands technology.
Craig Davis
Founder of a company Dave McClure invested in
500 Mafia is an incredible network for anyone to be a part of.
Alexis Tryon
Founder of a company Dave McClure invested in
The value he adds is many magnitudes larger than the money he invests.
Dan Martell
Founder of a company Dave McClure invested in
Dave is super smart and has a wealth of experience and connections that can help you. People will invest in you just on the basis that he has.
Camilo Acosta
Founder of a company Dave McClure invested in
simply brilliant on all level. loyal, hard working and driven by results. @jason calacanis
Jason Calacanis
Co-investor in a company Dave McClure invested in
Super helpful and connected - you definitely want Dave on your side!
Pierre-Olivier Latour
Founder of a company Dave McClure invested in
Dave thinks outside the box, invests outside the box. Without him, many atypical startups (e.g. international, minority, single-founders) would've not given a fair shot and gotten funded. He works hard to help you every step of the way! #500strong
Aihui Ong (i-we)
Founder of a company Dave McClure invested in
Spend a day with Dave--no, 5 minutes with him--and you'll understand why he can supercharge early stage start-ups into a business. Don't think you'll find more ideas, connections or resources per minute than McClure. Takes his shit seriously and himself less so.
Mark Silva
Co-investor in a company Dave McClure invested in
Busiest guy in the Valley but in a good way. Hustles like he asks his investments to and then backs you up when you need a connection, conference invite, a shout out or a kick in the butt. If you aren't shipping and iterating you aren't doing it right.
Joshua Greenough
Founder of a company Dave McClure invested in
Relentlessly dedicated, high energy, hustling to help and support Entrepreneurs to be successful.
Nicolai Wadstrom
Advisor of a company Dave McClure invested in
Straight to the point.
Josef Dunne
Founder of a company Dave McClure invested in
The James Brown of Silicon Valley
Vitaly M. Golomb
Founder of a company Dave McClure invested in
Dave is high octane, exceptionally insightful and works blazing fast. He is massively networked throughout the world and is a great source for all his companies and intriguingly; is one of the most inspiring entrepreneur and investor (two in one) that I have known in my life! He has laser-like...more
Samir Patel
Founder of a company Dave McClure invested in
Really interesting investor with a great personality that inspires many entrepreneurs. His presence in Latam is stronger everyday and it's been a great experience sharing an investment in a Mexican company, Nexum Digital (instaDM).
Sergio Romo
Co-investor in a company Dave McClure invested in
There's no one else you'd rather have in your corner. Gives it to you straight because he actually gives a shit and will fight to see good people succeed.
What does one say about a guy like Dave that doesn't pale in the light of his achievements? If there ever was a true prime mover of the startup community it's Dave!
Stephen G. Barr
Co-investor in a company Dave McClure invested in
Dave is a natural hustler with a refreshing perspective on emerging markets, as evident in the wide variety of applicants he chooses for 500 Startups. The breadth and depth of his knowledge of APEC, MENA, and LATAM is impressive. He can spin startups with a raw confidence that few could pull off.
Most people believe that, in the beginning, there was God. But that's not true. Before God, there was Dave McClure, on his magical jet plane, traveling the infinite of time and space. His hustling permeates space, time and all logic and reason. Which is why he is simply an amazing person to...more
Seriously, Dave is one of the most inspiring and tough-love-giving guys around. He says exactly what you're thinking before you can even mouth the words and is always looking 10 steps ahead. He's also one of the kindest guys around and is always willing to share his brilliance. Amazing...more
Nikhil "Nik" Kundra
Founder of a company Dave McClure invested in
Dave has had an extraordinary influence over the person and professional I am today. He's got some of the best instincts I've come across in business and technology. He keeps things very real, open and honest. Very fortunate to have him as an advisor and friend.
Dave is simply one of the best VC's in the world right now. Dave & 500 are changing the world thinks about investing in startups and how venture capital dollars flow. We love having him on our team and are excited to see what he does next.
Jay Singh
For Dave McClure's investment at ViralGains
Dave know the startup world like the back of his hand - simple as that.
Sieva Kozinsky
For Dave McClure's investment at StudySoup
Because he's awesome. Brings access to startups and people that would never have had it otherwise. And he swears a lot.
Pranay Srinivasan
For Dave McClure's investment at Sourceeasy
Dave is awesome. He's a guy who's a straight shooter, will tell you how it is, and overall good guy underneath the tough skin.
Dave is Dave. No reference needed. True ROCK STAR.
Joe Marrapodi
For Dave McClure's investment at Greentoe
Dave is the reason I have the confidence to run my business the way I do. He took a chance on me when no one would, and I will forever be grateful for his support and belief in me, my team, and my business. It's a pleasure to be apart of the 500 Network and have Dave on my side. Dave is the...more
Awesome. Dave is helpful, smart and well-connected.
Rod Ebrahimi
For Dave McClure's investment at ReadyForZero
Visionary! Knows branding like non other!
skyler
For Dave McClure's investment at RAIN
Startup metrics guru with a track record of supporting women and minority-led startups
Eve Peters
For Dave McClure's investment at Whim
Dave, well, hmm, he just rocks. Changing the world, love the guy
Dave's belief in the underdog and his unabashed attitude puts you where you need to be with your business. 
Bonny Lai
For Dave McClure's work with Roost
Dave is awesome! Very inspiring. He is no bullshit guy and goes out of his way to help.
Benazir Shaikh
For Dave McClure's work with KidzJet
Part of 500Startrups Batch 13
Filippo Schiano di Pepe
For Dave McClure's investment at CoContest
Dave is an inspiration and a great coach. Our fearless leader and the best looking man in flip flops.
Ali Goss
For Dave McClure's investment at Hellobit
Dave knows what he's doing. He's has an amazing eye and his group is solid.
John Biggs
For Dave McClure's investment at Freemit
he invested in Faception
Shai Gilboa
For Dave McClure's investment at Faception
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
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
Bedy is the woman!
Bedy has deep knowledge of the Brazilian market.
Rafael Carvalho
For Bedy Yang's investment at Edools
Khailee is the man. Most investors/advisors at their best, will make helpful introductions. Khailee will do that as well, but more importantly he will put in the time and effort to help you strategically think through your business and the decisions you need to make to scale it.

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Michael Mandel
Founder of a company Khailee Ng invested in
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