Dave McClure

Founding Partner @500 Startups. previous: @PayPal, Facebook fbFund, Founders Fund, @Mint.com. Geek, entrepreneur, marketer, investor, Sith Lord.

Viki, Virool, Rapportive, Chromatik, Clarity, Bitly, WePay, FanBridge, MightyText, Life360, Vayable, Wildfire Interactive, Votizen, MixRank, Appstores, StyleSeat, Chirply, Gengo, Humanoid (Acquired by CloudFactory), Twilio, Chill, Slideshare, SendGrid, GinzaMetrics, 9GAG, 324 more... Nuzzel, Simply Hired, TaskRabbit, Hangtime, Makerbot, Bit.ly, UserVoice, Behance, Vungle, Credit Karma , Udemy, Tello, creators of PassTools, Remind101, E la Carte, MindSnacks, Creative Market, BoostCTR, Colingo, NewHound, Mint, Graphicly, OtherInbox, Proven, Cake Health, userfox, Lexity, Bionic Panda Games, Mattermark, Appbistro, Lovely, InternMatch, NoRedink, Worldly Developments, CrowdFlower, AdStage, Flowtown, oneforty, LaunchRock, PublikDemand, Goldbely, Kitchit, Tinfoil Security, Craft Coffee, Transcriptic, Recurly, Tout, Leaky, MediaSpike, Amicus, Shareaholic, Crocodoc, Visually, Open Air Publishing, Curebit, Eventup, Karma, Postling, Scaffold, CardMunch, AirPR, SocialWire, GoSpotCheck, Experiment, Picplum, Ordr.In, Binpress, Mocavo, Estately, LocBox, Saygent, Keen IO, 42Floors, HireArt, Republic Project, Relevvant, Moveline, Bunndle, Mobileworks, Motion Math, Manpacks, RolePoint, Nitrous.IO, Kinnek, Formative Labs, Lettuce, 500 Startups, PicCollage, LaunchBit, Monogram, Mile High Organics, IMRSV, Richrelevance, Lookmark, BizeeBee, Forrst, Triptrotting, FastCustomer, blissmo, Unbounce, DailyWorth, Artsicle, Vulcun, Ad Hoc Labs, WillCall, Storefront, Farmeron, Habit Labs, Intercom, Spinnakr, NetPlenish, Cambrian Genomics, PICT, Flightfox, Coderbuddy, Womply, Vittana, CapLinked, Geckoboard, Switchcam, WePow, Boxbee , Mashery, Reclip.It, Gyft, FlyData, Pogoseat, Mayvenn, TeliportMe, Breather, TenderTree, PostRocket, Lucidchart, BarkBox, Tokyo Otaku Mode, MogoTix, BrightNest, FeeFighters, GroupSpaces, PerkHub, Brilliant, App.io, HighScore House, Versus, Riskpulse, BOXC, Evo, Boatbound, Descomplica, Brainient, Golden Gate Ventures, Soldsie, Everpix, AuditFile, Teamly, AwayFind, Zerply, The RealReal, Tailored, Baydin, PayByGroup, Love With Food, drumbi, Welcu, Luxr.co, Yogome, Replay, by Stupeflix, The IdeaLists, Geekatoo, BTCJam, TwitMusic, CompStak, AllTrails, Keen Systems, Mailstrom, 9Slides, Mitoo, ViralGains, simplehoney, Airseed, Shortcut, TRDATA, Happy Inspector, 72Lux, EquityZen, Silver Living, Partender, Eversnap, Chalkable, Zappli, Bloodhound, Sidewalk, Lockitron, Reesio, eponym, Loku, POPAPP, Gizmo, GreenGar, StartupDigest, Dealflicks, SilverPush, Fileboard, Safe Shepherd, SpotHero, SupplyHog, 我搭车 Wodache, SearchMan, mom trusted , Disruption Corporation, Ninja Blocks, PayrollHero, LOOKK, The Haul Company, Symphony, Pixowl, Primeloop, Contactually, Waygo, Cinemacraft, Tamatem, Affordit, Rentlord, Iconfinder , Tradesy, From.Us, Jeeran, Club W, unda, BugHerd, Relevant, Groupiter, Shopeando, Holidog, TackTile, TouristEye, Babelverse, dakwak, EventVue, Space Pencil, ActivityHero, Pick1, PlayCanvas, Fooda, Floqq, Deep Fried Manna, Curios.me, Network, Toshl Finance, Culture Kitchen, Tip or Skip, ExCo / AQUSH, BabyList, WeddingLovely, Spoondate, WalletKit, Credit Karma, BabyJunk, MoPix, TeachStreet, Cadee, Tie Society, LaunchTrack, WHILL, Greentoe, MeMeTales, Jamalon, BrandBoards, ShareBloc, Sitejabber, InstaGIS , Credii, Speek, StartupHouse, Kibin, Road Hero, Hunie, Cityblis, Console.fm, Pijon, iDreamBooks, Social Tables, Instamojo, Senzari, Tuckernuck, KiteReaders, Cashie Commerce, Qraved, Admission Table, WhoAPI, Fontacto, Dropifi, Rapt.fm , Conekta, Mill River Labs, Popbasic, Cubie, femeninas, Flyer, Konnecti, PriceBaba, Intiza, tushky.com, Shoptouch, Social Trends Media , VenueSpot, WisePricer / Wise Commerce, SchoolAdmissions, Bricks, ZipDial, DocDoc, Bankons, ShopGo, TextualAds, StoryJumper, SoundBetter, Qual Canal, Mint, WUZZUF, 64 Pixels, Moonfruit, Chaldal.com, Unitus Seed Fund, Linkdex, Free Gifts
What I Do

Strengths: product, marketing, metrics, swearing. Experience: internet mktg, developer platforms, prod mgmt. engineer late 80s+90s; then entrepreneur, marketer, investor. Ran developer mktg PayPal (pre-IPO). Investor 600+ co's: Mint, SlideShare, Twilio, Wildfire, Sendgrid. 190K+ Twitter followers.


I'm the founding partner of 500 Startups, an internet seed fund and incubator program in Silicon Valley. I've been an investor in hundreds of companies all over the world, including Mint.com, SlideShare, Twilio, SendGrid, Wildfire, & Makerbot. I've been an engineer and written code. I've been an entrepreneur, founded a company, grew it & sold it (small exit). I've been a marketer; ran PayPal developer marketing, managed email campaigns, search marketing, wrote copy for both PayPal & Simply Hired. I've been a tech blogger for 10+ years, and i've written hundreds of posts. I've been an angel investor (personal) and VC (professional). I've run user groups & conferences in Silicon Valley for 20 years. I started the early-stage investment program for Founders Fund in 2008, and ran the Facebook fbFund incubator program in 2009. I created the "AARRR" / startup metrics for pirates concept & framework. I've given hundreds of talks on startups & tech entrepreneurship. I swear a lot.

Christine Tsai
Managing Partner at 500 Startups. Ex-Googler & ex-YouTuber. Left-handed. Ballet dancer of ~25 yrs. Go Bears.
Jason Putorti
VP of Design at @causes • Co-founder of @votizen • Designer-in-Residence at @bessemer-venture-partners • Lead Designer at @mint.com