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August 2018 Newsletter

August 2018 Newsletter

500 Startups Global Team Offsite Hello all, One of our reasons for entering the Vietnam market was the shortage in support and resources for early-stage startups.  As of 2016, there were probably fewer than 20 accelerators and incubators (most of which were...

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Startup Playbook by Sam Altman – Part 4

Startup Playbook by Sam Altman – Part 4

Startup Playbook. Written by Sam Altman · Illustrated by Gregory Koberger · Spanish translation Part IV: Great execution Although it’s necessary to build a great product, you’re not done after that. You still have to turn it into a great company, and you have to do it...

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July 2018 Newsletter

July 2018 Newsletter

ApplyBoard and 500 Startups Vietnam folks in Saigon discussing Vietnam’s study-abroad market. From left to right: Eddie, Co-founder & CEO Martin Basiri, Finance Director Josh Zucker, and Hau. Hello all, Last month was a very eventful one!  Vietnam’s General Statistics...

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Startup Playbook by Sam Altman – Part 3

Startup Playbook by Sam Altman – Part 3

Startup Playbook. Written by Sam Altman · Illustrated by Gregory Koberger · Spanish translation Part III: A great product Here is the secret to success: have a great product. This is the only thing all great companies have in common. If you do not build a product...

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June 2018 Newsletter

June 2018 Newsletter

500VN’s Binh Tran on AVCJ’s VC panel (again :P). Photo source: AVCJ. Last month, the IFC in association with the Emerging Markets Private Equity Association (EMPEA) hosted the 20th Annual Global Private Equity Conference.  In advance of the conference, the EMPEA...

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Startup Playbook by Sam Altman – Part 2

Startup Playbook by Sam Altman – Part 2

Written by Sam Altman · Illustrated by Gregory Koberger · Spanish translation Part II: A great team Mediocre teams do not build great companies. One of the things we look at the most is the strength of the founders. When I used to do later-stage investing, I looked...

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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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Startup Playbook by Sam Altman – Part 1

Startup Playbook by Sam Altman – Part 1

Startup Playbook. Written by Sam Altman · Illustrated by Gregory Koberger · Spanish translation We spend a lot of time advising startups. Though one-on-one advice will always be crucial, we thought it might help us scale Y Combinator if we could distill the most...

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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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