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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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More on Saola Accelerator

More on Saola Accelerator

Image: 500 Seed Accelerator Batch 23This is a “saola”, a long-horned ox so rare that it’s often called an “Asian unicorn.” (nevermind that it has two horns!). Saolas are found almost exclusively in Vietnam.I believe there are other Asian unicorns to be found in...

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January 2019 Newsletter

January 2019 Newsletter

The rare saola, or Asian unicorn, in its natural habitat in Vietnam Happy New Year! We’re excited about 2019, but first a quick look back at 2018: Ever-higher funding for Vietnamese startups! Preliminary research and analysis by Topica Founder Institute found more...

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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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