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"Introduction to 500 Startups" presentation will provide you a comprehensive overview of various activities that we do to promote startup ecosystem globally, discover best early stage companies and help them grow.
Introduction to 500 Startups
Since July 20101,500+ investments3
500 Startups Is the Most Active Seed Investor in the World1
$240M in AUM2
The various geographies highlighted in the map result from investments we have made across all 500 Startups funds.
1. CB Insight https://www.cbinsights.com/blog/2015-early-stage-investors/
2. Approximated as of 2/23/2016 and includes the following 500 Startups funds: (a) 500 Startups, L.P. and 500 Startups-A, L.P. (together, “Fund I”), (b) 500 Startups II, L.P. and 500 Startups II-A, L.P. (t
ogether, “Fund II”), (c) 500 Startups III, L.P. and 500 Startups III-A, L.P. (together, “Fund III”), (d) 500 Startups IV, L.P. and 500 Startups IV-A, L.P. (together, “Fund IV”), (e) 500 Startups Annex Fund, L.P
. (“Annex”), (f) 500 Luchadores, L.P. (“Luchadores”), (g) 500 Durians, L.P. (“Durians”), (h) 500 Mobile Collective, L.P. (“Mobile Collective”), (i) 500 Kimchi, L.P. (“Kimchi”), (j) 500 TukTuks, L.P. (“TukTuks
”), (k) 500 Startups JP, L.P. ("Japan”), (l) 500 Istanbul, L.P. ("Istanbul”), (m) 500 Nordics, L.P. (“Nordics”), and (n) 500 Falcons, L.P. (“Falcons”), (o) 500 Kulﬁ, L.P. (“India”), and (p) 500 Fintech, L.P. (“Fi
3. Approximated as of 2/29/2016 and includes ﬁrst and follow-on investments from all 500 Startups funds.
The title “Partner” is used in accordance with customary business practice in the venture capital industry and does not indicate a legal status in a partnership.
Dave McClure Christine Tsai
FOUNDING PARTNERFOUNDING PARTNER
SOUTHEAST ASIA LATIN AMERICA
500 Startups Management & Investment Partners
110 people, 20 countries
SILICON VALLEYGLOBAL / SILICON VALLEY
25 yrs in SV as
entrepreneur + investor
Early Googler, strong
Founded and exited two
Recognized by Forbes as a
500 STARTUPS BRIDGE TO SILICON VALLEY
We Achieve This Via a Combination of Venture Capital
Funds, Accelerators, and Innovative Ecosystem Building
Tech Events &
Legal review Partner approval
500 Startups Investment Strategy - Lots of Little Bets
Of the 486 currently active VCs, only 68 (or 14%) invested in
one company that achieved > $1B exit. Identifying winners in the
early stages is diﬃcult, and this diﬃculty is the basis for our
investment thesis in having a large portfolio
Because of the lower barrier of entry to starting a new company,
we have seen a massive growth in the number of early stage
ﬁnancings. Although the absolute number of companies has
grown signiﬁcantly, the rate in which they become Unicorns has
remained approximately 1%
Lots of Little Bets: we believe a large, diversiﬁed portfolio of early-stage investments
reduces risk and maximizes potential return relative to “traditional” VC funds
/Leverage Micro Funds to Drive Global Deal Flow for Main Fund
The co-investment strategy shown represents 500 Startups and Fund IV’s current investment strategy and may vary at the discretion of 500 Startups Management or Fund IV’s general partner.
The Micro Funds listed refer to the following 500 Startups funds: 500 Luchadores, L.P., 500 Durians, L.P., 500 Kimchi, L.P., 500 TukTuks, L.P., 500 Startups JP, L.P., 500 Istanbul, L.P., 500 Nordics, L.P.,
500 Falcons, L.P., 500 Kulﬁ, L.P.,500 Fintech, L.P., and 500 Mobile Collective, L.P.
Advisory and Support Co-Investment
• Discover & invest in early stage opportunities in select geographies and
• Investment managers who hit the ground running with full access to our
global network and operations
• Substantial coverage of both global and vertical deal ﬂow with 9 regional
& 2 vertical fund
• Latin America, Southeast Asia, Korea, Thailand, Japan, Turkey, Nordics,
MENA, India, Mobile, and Fintech
Angel Pre-Seed Seed Post-Seed Series A/B Growth
How We Deploy Capital
Selection Criteria Based on Pre-Deﬁned Metrics
• Product or service solves a problem for a speciﬁc target customer
• Capital-eﬃcient business; operational at less than $1M in external ﬁnancing
• Scalable internet-based distribution (search, social, mobile) or proven ability to scale sales
• Functional prototype required before investing (or previous product success)
• Measurable traction: engaged users, some revenue, and attractive unit economics
• Cross-functional team with design, engineering and marketing expertise
Sectors Selected Companies
B2B & SAAS
MOBILE & TABLET
DATA SCIENCE (AI/MACHINE LEARNING)
IoT & HARDWARE
REAL ESTATE TECH
Companies are representative of investments across all 500 Startups funds and are not necessarily held in Fund IV.
Investment themes represented are indicative of 500 Startups’ previous investment themes and while they represent Fund IV’s current investment strategy, this may vary at the
discretion of Fund IV’s general partner.
3 Unicorns ($1B+ in valuation)
Companies are a select sampling of investments across 500 Startups funds and will not be held in Fund IV. While Fund IV has not invested in the rounds of ﬁnancing shown on this slide, at least one
500 Startups fund has invested in one or more rounds of ﬁnancing for each of these companies. The valuations listed herein are estimated as at 12/31/2015 based on 500 Startups Valuation Policy
as set out in the Appendix to this presentation. These numbers provide a snapshot of estimated valuation as at a particular time and may change. Further detail with regard to ﬁnancing of companies
listed on this slide can be found on Crunchbase.
30+ Centaurs ($100M ~ $999M in valuation)
* indicates companies that have already exited
A Selection of Current Portfolio Wins - The Active #500Stable
* * ** * *
/ 500 Accelerator Program
• 4-month program in San Francisco / Silicon Valley (4 cohorts x 40 startups = 160
companies / year)
• $125K investment for 5% equity + option to do $500K follow-on
• 1000+ applications for batch 14 -> ~200 live interviews -> 40 accepted = <5%
• Typically post-launch, revenue-generating companies (no “idea-only” companies)
• Hands-on curriculum focused on growth and fundraising with mentor network who oﬀers
expertise on various topics including design and engineering
• Demo Day in front of hundreds of investors
Investment strategy and criteria represent current investment model and may vary at the discretion of each Fund's general partner. Terms noted on this slide may vary by investment.
/ 500 Distribution Team (“Distro”)
Dedicated Growth Marketing Team
• 10+ member team of growth marketing experts invest in companies and help
them grow rapidly
• ~1-3 month growth marketing programs in multiple metros around the world such
as Miami, London, South East Asia, Toronto, Middle East, LA, Berlin, Stockholm
• Strong companies that are oversubscribed choose 500 Startups as an investor
over other competitors because of the beneﬁts of participating in a Dojo program
Investment strategy and criteria represent current investment model and may vary at the discretion of each Fund's general partner. Terms noted on this slide may vary by investment.
The 500 Startups Distribution Team ("Distro") is involved in both the Accelerator programs as well as the growth marketing ("Dojo") programs.
CONFERENCES + EVENTS1
More than 50 events with 300-1,000 attendees
per event, for a total reach of over 35,000 people
in person + digital channels
Design, technology, marketing,
and product experts from
top companies in Silicon Valley
From 50+ countries around
the world, our founders provide peer
review and feedback on products,
industry verticals, platforms, etc.
1. Conferences and Events are produced by 500 Startups Incubator, L.L.C. The 500 Startups funds do not participate in any revenue generated by these activities.
2. The numbers represented on this page provide a snapshot of some of our Community-building platforms as at a particular time. They are estimated as of 9/1/2015 and may change.
#500Strong Events and Community Platforms
/ 500 Proprietary Events: PreMoney and Geeks On A Plane (GOAP)
Geeks On A Plane
Invite-only tour for investors and founders
Conferences and Events are produced by 500 Startups Incubator, L.L.C. The 500 Startups funds do not participate in any revenue generated by these activities
Learn about global trends, meet international
companies and gain access to foreign markets
Hear and share insights on the most disruptive strategies,
models and technologies for the future of venture capital
One-day event for investors
/ 500 Investor Education Program: VC Unlocked
“Venture Capital Unlocked” is a 2-week crash course on investing strategies, tools and tactics for VCs and angel investors
who want to learn how Silicon Valley really operates. In this course, participants work closely with faculty from Stanford
University to develop their investment theses and learn from 500 Startups’ partners about early stage investing. For mor
e information, please visit http://www.500.vc/
• Our second session was held in February 2016 where we graduated 33 people (35% women, 65% International, 10%
• Next session will be held in July 25th to Aug 5th, 2016
• Explore recent changes in VC investing, understand the structure
of VC funds and the dynamics of multi-stage ﬁnancing
• Dive into key trends and learn to assess opportunities and source
deals using AngelList and other platforms
• Reﬁne investment theses and conduct due diligence; understand
cap tables and legal documents
• Get priority access to founders and screen pitches at our invite-
only investor events, Preview Day and Demo Day
• Build relationships with key players in Silicon Valley
• Earn a Certiﬁcate of Completion from the Stanford Center for
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CONTRARY TO THE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT, THE PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT SHALL CONTROL.
THE OFFER AND SALE OF THE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP INTERESTS IN THE FUND HAVE NOT BEEN REGISTERED UNDER THE SECURITIES ACT OF 1933, AS AMENDED (THE “SECURITIES ACT”), OR UNDER ANY
APPLICABLE STATE OR FOREIGN SECURITIES LAWS (AND THE FUND IS UNDER NO OBLIGATION TO REGISTER THE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP INTERESTS IN THE FUTURE), NOR HAVE SUCH LIMITED PARTNERSHIP
INTERESTS BEEN APPROVED OR DISAPPROVED BY THE UNITED STATES SECURITIES AND EXCHANGE COMMISSION (THE “SEC”) OR THE SECURITIES REGULATORY AUTHORITY OF ANY STATE OR FOREIGN
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THE FIRM MAY CAUSE THE FUND TO MAKE VENTURE CAPITAL INVESTMENTS AND QUALIFY AS A “VENTURE CAPITAL FUND” AS DEFINED IN THE FINAL RULES ADOPTED BY THE SEC PROMULGATED UNDER TITLE
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REPRESENTATIVE THEREOF, ASSUMES ANY OBLIGATION TO PROVIDE ANY RECIPIENT OF THIS PRESENTATION WITH SUBSEQUENT REVISIONS OR UPDATES TO ANY HISTORICAL OR FORWARD-LOOKING
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"500 NORDICS”, “500 FALCONS”, AND “500 FINTECH” AS WELL AS THE CORRESPONDING LOGOS, ARE TRADEMARKS OF 500 STARTUPS MANAGEMENT COMPANY, L.L.C.
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