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July 2019 Newsletter

July 2019 Newsletter

Dear all, The inaugural batch of our SF-inspired, Saigon-based accelerator program kicked off last month. Here’s a quick look at the first two weeks by the numbers: 25 participating founders & senior team members of 6 nationalities 50% of the teams have female...

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June 2019 Newsletter

June 2019 Newsletter

Dear all, In May, Vietnam hosted representatives of the International Development Innovation Alliance, an effort to advance innovation for sustainable development via collaboration with leading international organizations (World Bank, UNDP, UNICEF, etc.), development...

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May 2019 Newsletter

May 2019 Newsletter

500 Vietnam happy hour at Anan Saigon. Photo: VTC10 Hi all, Saigon’s rainy season has just begun, which for this writer triggers an annual contemplation on the complexities of the city and the broader nation. At the boundaries of breathless coverage of Vietnam’s...

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April 2019 Newsletter

April 2019 Newsletter

Image: 500 Vietnam Manager Hau Ly in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2019   Hi all, Driving Vietnam’s record-level of venture funding in 2018 as reported by Topica Founder Institute was a handful of large ($50M+) deals, e.g. ≥$100M rounds in Be and VATO, two local...

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Road to Demo Day: a founder’s perspective

Road to Demo Day: a founder’s perspective

Guest Post: Kela Ivonye is the CEO and co-founder of MailHaven, a smart mailbox that tracks and protects your packages.  Demo Day is an invite-only event hosted by 500 Startups for investors to get a first look at the startups from the accelerator program, meet the...

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March 2019 Newsletter

March 2019 Newsletter

Image: Partner Binh Tran moderating a panel on how to scale a tech team, with Turing CEO Jonathan Siddharth and Meltwater CTO Aditya Jami Hi all, After the failed Trump-Kim meeting in Hanoi, people are discovering that North Korea is not quite Vietnam: “Vietnam had...

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You have been accepted into 500 Startups. Now what?

You have been accepted into 500 Startups. Now what?

Author – Eugene Vyborov, CTO, YayPay (A 500 Startups Batch 20 Company) Among the 180+ independent accelerators around the world, American programs hold sway and considerable appeal. Getting into a US-based accelerator is a dream for many startups, especially ones that...

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February 2019 Newsletter

February 2019 Newsletter

Image: A Đông Hồ folk woodcut painting in process Hello all, We all just got back from our Lunar New Year break and are thrilled to start the Year of the Pig. According to the Chinese zodiac and Vietnamese aunties & uncles, the Pig represents good fortune and...

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