Congratulations to the Vietnam student delegation to the International Math Olympiad for getting 4 gold medals and #3 overall!  Of course, the outcome was not terribly surprising -- it’s  Vietnam’s sixth Top 10 finish in the last seven years.  This kind of math talent has...

Three days ago, we were made aware of behavior by Dave McClure, co-founder of 500 Startups, towards some number of women in the tech industry.  After mention of one incident in a New York Times article, 500 Startups top management shared a blog post that they had already...

The big recent news was that VNG -- the Vietnamese tech company that began as a game developer & distributor but has since moved into OTT messaging, ecommerce, etc. -- has begun exploring an IPO on NASDAQ.  It's just the beginning of a long process and...

Hi folks, Although we also invest in Vietnam-connected global opportunities, in this note we’d like to provide a quick macro update on Vietnam, which is relevant to our local/regional opportunities. The IMF projects Vietnam's growth to begin outpacing China’s in the next 2-5 years.  But in the...

This is the AARRR (Must Read!) startup metrics model. These 5 metrics represent all of the behaviors of our customers. We want to break down these 5 metrics on your product and look at them separately, then analyze and monitor them so that we can optimize them. A successful startup...

March marks one year from the announcement of the 500 Startups Vietnam fund!  At our semi-annual global team retreat a few weeks ago -- see our brief moment in the snow above in an otherwise meeting-filled few days -- we were pleased to share about...

Happy new year! Those who are familiar with Vietnam know that business slows down in late December and stays slow through the lunar new year (Tết).  But our teams have not.  Premium online retail outlet Leflair finished raising a ~$1M round led by a HK-based...