Fundraising

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 is a big component to getting investors on board). It’s also about trust. Fundamentally, investors have to trust you in order to invest in you. And, ...

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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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...
March 22, 2019
March 22, 2019

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 over and over, so we figured it was time to give a qu...
February 08, 2019
February 08, 2019

This pitch deck will rock your 500 Startups application

We’ve talked about how to make your application to 500’s accelerator stand out, and one of the key points we mentioned was ensuring you have a solid pitch deck. But what does a good pitch deck look like? We’ve looked at thousands throughout the ye...
March 12, 2018
March 12, 2018

Pitch, please: 14 must-read pitch lessons every startup founder should know

Pitch Do's and Don'ts, from a 500 Pitch Coach by Andrea Barrica. A few reasons you won’t raise money: Your business isn’t the right fit for VC (which is totally OK!) Your business could be interesting to VC, but you have nothing yet. Stop pitchin...
February 26, 2018
February 26, 2018

How to Build a Basic Financial Model

This post was contributed to VentureApp by Kody Myers, business analyst at Paro, an exclusive network of highly vetted on-demand financial professionals. The word “model” is often tossed around the business world, evoking complicated and intimida...
December 18, 2017
December 18, 2017

Sam Altman on Founders and the Fear of Rejection

In this episode of Startup School Radio, host and YC partner Aaron Harris sat down with Sam Altman. Altman has been the president of Y Combinator since February 2014. Earlier, he was the founder of Loopt, a mobile location technology startup that...
October 23, 2017
October 23, 2017

The Ideal Email Deck

Since I wrote a post on how you’ll need multiple pitch decks, I’ve gotten a number of questions around what should go into them. Today I want to spell out the ideal email deck – at least, ideal if you’re sending it to me. :) Short & sweet ~5...
October 09, 2017
October 09, 2017

The only 10 Slides You Need in a Pitch

The purpose of a pitch is to stimulate interest, not to cover every aspect of your startup and bludgeon your audience into submission. Your objective is to generate enough interest to get a second meeting. Thus, the recommended number of slides f...
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