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Why Venture Capital Misses The Big Ideas

By | Sep 12, 2017 at 6:30 pm

For most people, “innovation” means what we invest in: Where’s the next Uber or Lyft? But there’s been very little innovation in how we find ideas. As one tangible example, most of the venture capital process today is a “one size fits all” system…


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Welcome, My Friends, to The Bazillion Dollar Club

By | Jul 21, 2015 at 10:46 pm

Brady Forrest and Dave McClure have built arguably two of the best accelerators in the US, if not the world, in Highway1 and 500 Startups respectively. Both accelerators offer aggressive accelerator programs designed to take raw, entrepreneurial talent and refine it into greatness. Granted,…


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…



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…


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Dating App Whim: Female-Led, 500 Strong

By | Oct 20, 2014 at 8:03 pm

Many in the world of tech accelerators and incubators know that 500 Startups founder Dave McClure has doubled down on his support for female-led startups. It’s one of the main reasons that the founders of dating app Whim chose to apply for the program. “Dave’s outspoken support…


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The Diverse Team at Adtech Startup RAIN Looks to 500 Startups Demo Day

By | Oct 17, 2014 at 10:30 am

The team at RAIN had not deployed a live app prior to starting at 500 Startups, the micro-VC accelerator program based in Silicon Valley and founded by Dave McClure. RAIN is an app that helps small businesses reach local customers with real-time, accessible promotional…


Which Metrics Matter?

By | May 23, 2014 at 9:12 am

This post includes extra content from Startup Mixology, my upcoming book on starting up – including how to prepare yourself for the harsh reality and celebrate positive moments along the way. Go here to pre-order the book (due July 8) and subscribe to updates! Maybe the most famous…


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9 of the Hottest AngelList and Silicon Valley Angel Investors

By | Aug 22, 2013 at 9:00 am

Is it any surprise that Silicon Valley, a paradise for tech startups, is home to some of the most active and influential angel investors in the world? Angels are, after all, the people who invest the high-risk capital in the early part of a…



Fundable: Crowdfunding Just For Startups

By | May 22, 2012 at 5:00 pm

Tuesday was the official launch of Fundable, a crowdfunding platform specifically for startup companies. Founded by serial entrepreneur Wil Schroter, the platform follows the passage of the JOBS Act (or “Crowdfunding Act”), which allows companies to publicly raise money from anyone willing to back them: “With…


Get Advice from Eric Ries, Dave McClure, and Others on Clarity

By | May 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

Want advice from the big names in tech? Sign up for Clarity – which launches publicly today – and you’ll have the chance to chat with Eric Ries, Dave McClure, Hiten Shah, Andrew Chen, Mark Nager (CEO of Startup Weekend), Peter Pham (cofounder of Color),…


Poll: Who’s The Top Angel Investor in the US?

By | Apr 12, 2012 at 12:39 pm

Angel investors play a pivotal role in the backbone of the early-stage startup ecosystem (note: understatement of the century).  Not only do angels provide roughly the same amount of financing as venture capital firms ($20.1B versus $23.3B in 2010), but startups who acquire their funds from…

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License to Brag: Showcase Your Coding Achievements on Geeklist

By | Feb 18, 2012 at 10:00 am

Talk to many programmers, and they’ll tell you they’re the unsung heroes of the modern world – toiling away on work their superiors dictate at the last minute, interrupted during their flashes of genius, and generally misunderstood by the masses. More seriously, we all…


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500 Startups Unveils Latest Class Of 34 Startups

By | Oct 31, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Today the Silicon Valley based accelerator 500 Startups lead by Dave McClure and Paul Singh has unveiled its latest set of startups which includes 34 companies from across the United States, which is the largest batch size to date. The latest class of startups…


Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s Evolving Startup Scene

By | Sep 6, 2011 at 9:49 am

BootHK is a coworking space for tech startups located in the Wan Chai district of Hong Kong. To get there, you head up to the 19th floor of an office building, and the elevator opens right onto the glass door of their office. The…


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Daily Aisle Creating a One-Stop Site for Wedding Planning

By | Aug 26, 2011 at 9:46 am

In a viral video last week, a Canadian man set up a surprise wedding for his girlfriend and then proposed to and married her on the same day. The blushing bride, rather than bemoaning the loss of her wedding-planning fun, was ecstatic. “So much…


The .CO Boom

By | Aug 3, 2011 at 5:28 pm

If you haven’t noticed, we’re running low on .com domain name options. On the one hand, scarcity of good .com names has caused major frustration among countless entrepreneurs. On the other hand, it has forced people to get creative, well beyond just dropping a…


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TechCrunch Disrupt SF Day 1 in Photos

By | Sep 27, 2010 at 9:59 pm

Welcome to TechCrunch Disrupt 2010! It’s extremely hectic at TechCrunch Disrupt – one might even call it disruptive. 😉 Wow, what a first day! There are so many interesting people in attendance including regulars like TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington, Robert Scoble, Dave McClure, Reid…