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GitHub Competitor Gitlab Raises $1.5M from Khosla Ventures, 500 Startups

By | Jul 9, 2015 at 12:30 pm

GitLab, the open-source code collaboration platform that competes with popular platform GitHub, announced today that it has raised $1.5 million in seed funding led by Khosla Ventures, 500 Startups, Crunchfund, Ashton Kutcher’s Sound Ventures, and Liquid 2 Ventures. The funding will enable the company…


San Francisco

TractionTank: Build for Traction, Reap the Funding

By | Jul 7, 2015 at 11:00 am

Why is it so difficult to pick great startups out of the crowd? I was recently asked this question by the entrepreneurial duo Kraettli Epperson and Eric Morrow. You see, they’ve built an accelerator in San Francisco based on the foundation of this question,…


16 Women Founders Making Moves in Tech

By | Jul 6, 2015 at 11:00 am

When Marissa Meyer took over as Yahoo‘s CEO, the tech industry and media praised it a win: the end of the glass ceiling. In reality, there is still an outrageous shortage of women entering the technology sector, particularly software engineers. Companies like PowerToFly understand the need to diversify…



Messaging App On Second Thought Wins First Women Startup Challenge

By | Jul 1, 2015 at 9:00 am

The number of women launching businesses has grown 68% between 1997-2014, more than twice the rate of men. However, women have a harder time getting funding for a number of reasons. Only 7% of investor money goes to women led startups, but Women Who…


Tips for Producing the Best Investor Pitch

By | Mar 10, 2016 at 5:00 pm

Your pitch is one of the crucial elements, which can propel your business from a raw idea into an actual enterprise.  It matters. A lot. In general, all investors know that out of 100 investments only 10 will hit the jackpot (or grow into…


San Francisco

Ecommerce Shipping Platform Shippo Releases Updates to API

By | May 11, 2015 at 12:30 pm

San Francisco-based startup Shippo announced today that its 11,000 strong merchant customer base has completed a massive update to its API. Last September, we announced the company’s $2M seed funding led by SoftTech VC. Since joining Batch 8 of 500 Startups, Shippo has worked…


San Francisco

Former 500 Startups Participant Joins 500 Investment Team

By | Apr 20, 2015 at 5:00 pm

There was big news coming out of 500 Startups recently that Elizabeth Yin would be joining the 500 Investment team to run the Mountain View accelerator. That’s the very accelerator she herself went through as part of 500 Startups Batch 2. During her time…


San Francisco

On-Demand Marijuana Delivery gets $10 Million Series A

By | Apr 16, 2015 at 10:00 am

A lot of the people I’ve interviewed in the legal cannabis industry keep telling me that Peter Thiel and Snoop Dogg were simply the first of many ‘dominos’ to fall when it comes to investing in the burgeoning market. In a similar vein, Ellen…

Dev & Design


Rover Releases Major Update in Open Source iBeacon SDK

By | Apr 14, 2015 at 6:00 pm

Over the past year, since we last spoke to him, John Coombs has been collecting feedback from marketers and developers who are using his Rover platform to build beacon-based content and experiences into their apps. All of the feedback has gone towards implementing the…

Startups & Apps

San Francisco

How Alumnify Is Using Mobile to Increase Alumni Engagement

By | Nov 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm

According to the Chief Marketing Officer (CMO) Council, 87 percent of Millennials always have their smartphone at their side, day and night. Nearly two-thirds of Americans own a smartphone and 19 percent of Americans rely on a smartphone to access online services and stay…



At PreMoney Miami, Mark Suster Meerkats His Presentation on the State of VC Funding

By | Mar 20, 2015 at 7:00 pm

Today is officially the first day of spring, and while it may be snowing in the northeast, down in Miami, FL, the sun is shining brightly for the attendees of PreMoney Miami. A one-day conference produced by 500 Startups in partnership with the Knight…


The Top 20 US Startup Accelerators Ranked

By | Mar 18, 2015 at 12:01 am

At SXSW, the Seed Accelerator Rankings Project released its 2015 ranking of the best startup accelerators, topped by AngelPad, Mucker Lab, and Techstars. The ranking, now headed up by researchers at MIT and the University of Richmond, has been evaluating accelerator programs since 2010: 2011 top startup…


San Francisco

Visually Gets $3.3M, Brings on Key New Hires

By | Mar 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm

Our culture is trending more towards on-demand services, as you may have already noticed. When it comes to on-demand creative services though, Visually has been one of the top dogs in the field. CrossLink Capital, 500 Startups, Mitch Kapor Foundation, and SoftTech VC would…


San Francisco

The 25 Top VC Firms

By | Feb 26, 2015 at 11:00 am

As startup experts will tell you, choosing among VC firms should be as much about you liking them as them liking you. So how do you decide? Many factors might cross your mind, including: Is there a culture fit? Do our personalities and values…



Galvanize Hosts Inaugural Colorado Demo Day

By | Jan 29, 2015 at 5:30 pm

Today Galvanize, the Denver based accelerator, held its inaugural Colorado Demo Day on its Golden Triangle Campus. It’s being billed as a unique opportunity for investors, press, and the public to rub shoulders with the local founders, 50 percent of whom are female. “While…



3D Pen,CreoPop, raises financing round led by 500 startups

By | Jan 27, 2015 at 1:30 pm

CreoPop, a 3D pen with cool ink, today announced that the company has raised a financing round led by Silicon Valley based 500 Startups. Imagine being able to draw anything you want in 3D?! The possibilities for artists to draw their vision in 3D, and…

Reports & Rankings

35 Top Series A Startup Investors of 2014

By | Jan 15, 2015 at 10:00 am

Mattermark Blog recently published a list of 2014 most active investors in the tech industry. A total of 701 Internet technology startups received a cumulative $5.1 Billion in Series A funding.  Khosla Ventures has moved into the #1 spot for most active Series A investor,…