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May 2018 Newsletter

May 2018 Newsletter

Landmark 81, set to be the tallest building in Southeast Asia upon completion at the end of this year. Photo source: Saigoneer. On the way from District 1 to District 2, Landmark 81 stands out.  A VinGroup project, it’s set to be the tallest building in Southeast Asia...

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April 2018 Newsletter

April 2018 Newsletter

Uber & Grab offices in Singapore. Photo source: Wong Maye-E / Associated Press. Local market knowledge and focus matters.  We saw another example of that this month with the exit of Uber.  Uber entered Vietnam in 2014 and quickly gained traction.  At 500 Startups...

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March 2018 Newsletter

March 2018 Newsletter

Our first exit captured in a photo -- WifiChua shaking hands with acquirer Appota. Photo source: ictnews. As we head into Saigon’s hot-dry season, the tech scene here is heating up too: Amazon and Spotify announced their Vietnam market entry It was...

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How to Build a Basic Financial Model

How to Build a Basic Financial Model

This post was contributed to VentureApp by Kody Myers, business analyst at Paro, an exclusive network of highly vetted on-demand financial professionals. The word “model” is often tossed around the business world, evoking complicated and intimidating visual images to...

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Raise for Milestones, Not Runway

Raise for Milestones, Not Runway

The most common thing founders are taught about fundraising is that they should raise for 18-24 months of runway (while “adjusting for increase in headcount, etc.”). That’s the advice you should take if you don’t want to fail. If you want to win, however,...

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January – February 2018 Newsletter

January – February 2018 Newsletter

Vietnamese soccer fans gathering on Nguyen Hue walking street in Saigon to show support to the national U23 team during Asian Cup final. Photos by Zing News. January was a momentous month for Vietnam and for 500 Startups Vietnam. The country was swept up...

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Trust Starts at 100% and Goes Down

Trust Starts at 100% and Goes Down

Investors (especially those who have been in the game for a little bit) are jaded. Winning over investors is not just about showing traction / progress (although that is a big component to getting investors onboard). It’s also about trust. Fundamentally,...

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