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June 24, 2020
June 24, 2020

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 just about showing traction/progress (although that...
June 18, 2020
June 18, 2020

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 headcount, etc.”). That’s the advice you should take if ...
June 10, 2020
June 10, 2020

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 situation, this blog post by Phil Nadel, co-founder an...
May 23, 2020
May 23, 2020

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, investor and founding partner of 500 Startups. In th...
March 08, 2020
March 08, 2020

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 the city to sell construction equipment. A desire to...
February 14, 2020
February 14, 2020

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. "Thuy Muoi" ("Salty Thuy"), a serial entrepreneur, bec...
October 25, 2019
October 25, 2019

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 emerge a better person. That’s what happened for Tu...
August 20, 2019
August 20, 2019

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 ab...
July 22, 2019
July 22, 2019

Mike Villar wants to put romance back into advertising

A battle-hardened marketing veteran, Villar wants you to practice constraint. “Relationships escalate one step at a time. Selling without a story is like asking someone to marry you on a first date,” he told the dozen startup employees going throu...
July 09, 2019
July 09, 2019

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...

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