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December 2018 Newsletter

December 2018 Newsletter

Friends of 500, As we hurtle into the holiday season, our team members are taking time to reflect on the journey so far and what lies in the future. In November, we announced the final close of our fund at $14M. When we set the target at $10M in 2016, Vietnam was not...

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November 2018 Newsletter

November 2018 Newsletter

Panel discussion with members of Forbes’s “Midas List” of leading venture capitalists at 500’s annual VC industry conference, PreMoney. Photo: Sumit Kohli @sreelphoto Hi all, At the beginning of October, we held our annual global LP meeting as well as our annual VC...

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October 2018 Newsletter

October 2018 Newsletter

Eddie during the session "Start-Ups: Driving Innovation" at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2018. Image: WEF / Sikarin Thanachaiary Hello all, In September, Vietnam recently hosted this year’s World Economic Forum on ASEAN, bringing together political, business, and...

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September 2018 Newsletter

September 2018 Newsletter

President Tran Dai Quang meeting with 100 overseas Vietnamese scientists and tech experts in the Vietnam Innovation Network program Hello all, While the eCommerce war here rages on—last month, Sendo announced a >$50M fundraise led by SBI Group -- there are players...

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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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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...

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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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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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