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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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Women Who Lead: Female Founders

Women Who Lead: Female Founders

From left: Debbie Mullin (Copper Cow Coffee), Vu Van (ELSA), Mimi Chan (Littlefund) In anticipation of Vietnam Women’s Day on October 20, we want to feature the stories of women who lead: our portfolio companies’ female founders. Since the inception of 500 Startups...

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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

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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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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