October/November 2020 Newsletter

Dear all, Over the last couple of months, we have found ourselves amid extraordinary scenes. Vietnam’s economic growth accelerated in the third quarter, retaining its status as one of the few places in the world to avoid contraction amid the pandemic. The IMF estimated Vietnam's GDP would reach $341 billion in 2020, exceeding Singapore for the first time. Meanwhile, fintech fascination go...

August/September 2020 Newsletter

Dear all, Earlier in July, Vietnam was lauded in the coronavirus fight and reported zero deaths thanks to its drastic early actions. On July 25, a new wave of outbreak shattered the calm as Viet...

July 2020 Newsletter

Dear all, Vietnam continues on its economic recovery. Last week, the IMF published an analysis of how Vietnam's success in containing COVID-19 offers a roadmap for other developing countries. Th...

Startup Growth Blog: Trust Starts at 100% and Goes Down

By Elizabeth Yin, former Partner, 500 Startups, and General Partner, Hustle Fund  Investors (especially those who have been in the game for a little bit) are jaded. Winning over investors is not j...

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Startup Growth Blog: AARRR Funnel for Startups

Successful startup founders start by understanding their customer journey through which a visitor becomes a paying customer. They can do this by using the AARRR Funnel developed by Dave McClure, in...

Nhu Tran: Quality Education Delivered To Every Home

“Education is the only way for us to get out of hardship,” Nhu’s father explained repeatedly when dropping her off at school every morning. He did so rain or shine despite having to run all over th...

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Startup Growth Blog: Trust Starts at 100% and Goes Down

By Elizabeth Yin, former Partner, 500 Startups, and General Partner, Hustle Fund  Investors (especially those who have been in the game for a little bit) are jaded. Winning over investors is not j...

Startup Growth Blog: Raise for Milestones, Not Runway

By Tim Chae, General Partner, 500 Startups The most common thing founders are taught about fundraising is that they should raise for 18-24 months of runway (while “adjusting for increase in headco...

Startup Growth Blog: 11 Reasons We Didn’t Invest in Your Company

Fundraising for startups is never easy. One of the many difficulties is hearing a lot of no’s from investors. Very often, they don’t even share the reasons why. If you have ever been in such a situ...

Startup Growth Blog: AARRR Funnel for Startups

Successful startup founders start by understanding their customer journey through which a visitor becomes a paying customer. They can do this by using the AARRR Funnel developed by Dave McClure, in...

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October/November 2020 Newsletter

Dear all, Over the last couple of months, we have found ourselves amid extraordinary scenes. Vietnam’s economic growth accelerated in the third quarter, retaining its status as one of the few pl...

August/September 2020 Newsletter

Dear all, Earlier in July, Vietnam was lauded in the coronavirus fight and reported zero deaths thanks to its drastic early actions. On July 25, a new wave of outbreak shattered the calm as Viet...

July 2020 Newsletter

Dear all, Vietnam continues on its economic recovery. Last week, the IMF published an analysis of how Vietnam's success in containing COVID-19 offers a roadmap for other developing countries. Th...

June 2020 Newsletter

Dear all, In Vietnam, COVID-19 seems almost like a distant memory. The first country in the region to emerge from the pandemic after lifting its nationwide shelter-in-place order in late April, ...

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Startup Growth Blog: Trust Starts at 100% and Goes Down

By Elizabeth Yin, former Partner, 500 Startups, and General Partner, Hustle Fund  Investors (especially those who have been in the game for a little bit) are jaded. Winning over investors is not j...

Startup Growth Blog: Raise for Milestones, Not Runway

By Tim Chae, General Partner, 500 Startups The most common thing founders are taught about fundraising is that they should raise for 18-24 months of runway (while “adjusting for increase in headco...

Startup Growth Blog: 11 Reasons We Didn’t Invest in Your Company

Fundraising for startups is never easy. One of the many difficulties is hearing a lot of no’s from investors. Very often, they don’t even share the reasons why. If you have ever been in such a situ...

5 tips for making your funding application stand out

Written by Emily King Here at 500, every time a new batch opens up we receive a flood of applications to sift through. As we review them, we often see a lot of the same common mistakes repeated ove...

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Nhu Tran: Quality Education Delivered To Every Home

“Education is the only way for us to get out of hardship,” Nhu’s father explained repeatedly when dropping her off at school every morning. He did so rain or shine despite having to run all over th...

In Memoriam: Thuy Truong

Dear all, This is a pause in our regular monthly newsletter to remember Thuy Truong, once covered by BBC News as “Vietnam’s startup queen”, who passed away on January 24, 2020 at age 34. "Thu...

Tuan Trinh: Zen and the Art of E-Commerce Recommendation

Plummeting three stories and suffering serious injuries to one’s leg, arm, and back could never be considered a positive event, but some people are able to bounce back from such an experience and e...

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Insights from the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2018

Session Start-Ups: Driving Innovation at the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2018. Image: World Economic Forum / Sikarin Thanachaiary Last September we attended the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 201...

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 port...

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 th...

Startup Playbook by Sam Altman – Part 3

Startup Playbook. Written by Sam Altman · Illustrated by Gregory Koberger · Spanish translation Part III: A great product Here is the secret to success: have a great product. This is the only thi...
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