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November/December 2019 Newsletter

November/December 2019 Newsletter

Dear all, This is a content-packed double-header. Scroll down for lots of interesting news items, from several funding announcements by our portfolio companies to larger rounds raised by older companies including Sendo and Scommerce. December marks not just the end of...

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October 2019 Newsletter

October 2019 Newsletter

Dear all, Last month, 500 Startups held our global Annual General Meeting in San Francisco, where we were pleased to officially announce the addition of Tony Wang to the executive team as a managing partner. A veteran of Google (former managing counsel, international)...

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September 2019 Newsletter

September 2019 Newsletter

Dear all, Last week we unveiled the first batch of graduates of our Silicon Valley-inspired, Saigon-based accelerator, Saola. Founders took the stage to an audience of more than 200 investors, entrepreneurs, corporate executives, and other ecosystem partners. Saola...

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August 2019 Newsletter

August 2019 Newsletter

Dear all, Normally our introductory statement synthesizes recent developments in Vietnam or the region. But, as you can see from the photo above, the team has been having a lot of fun over the past several weeks, so we thought we’d share a bit about why below. The...

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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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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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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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