500 Startups

500 Startups

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Headquarters Location

United States, Mountain View


500 Startups was established in 2010, and is a well known VC. The main office of this VC is situated in Mountain View. This investor is located in North America, United States.

The fund was created by Christine Tsai, Dave McClure. Besides the listed founders, we have found 44 key employees of this fund in our database.

We recorded the biggest number of exits for this fund in 2019. 500 Startups is involved in 20 percentage points less than the average amount of lead investments when compared with other funds. The average start-up valuation at the time of investment from 500 Startups is 10-50 millions dollars. This fund was the most active in 2019. Besides, in 2019 the fund was active. The most common rounds for this fund are in the range of 1 - 5 millions dollars. In terms of the fund's performance, this VC has 9 percentage points less exits when compared to other organizations. The fund typically enters into more than 49 deals annually.

The usual method for the fund is to invest in rounds with 3-4 other investors. Besides 500 Startups, start-ups are typically funded by Social Capital, Golden Gate Ventures, GV and 499 more VCs. The most common co-investors for the fund are Valor Capital Group, Silicon Badia, Sand Hill Angels and also 826 different VCs. In subsequent rounds, the fund is usually supported by Wayra, Techstars, Social Starts, out of 778 investors from our database.

Among the most popular portfolio start-ups of the fund, are GrabTaxi, Credit Karma, SendGrid. We can highlight the most popular investment areas for this fund, such as Apps, Internet. In addition, there are 79 more industries where it has achieved success. The country of its establishment and the country of its most frequent investments coincides - United States. However, start-ups from 34 other countries can be found in the fund's portfolio. The fund has no an exact preference in the amount of founders of companies in its portfolio. If there are 5+ founders in the start-up, the probability of getting the investment is low. Also, a start-up has to be aged 2-3 years to expect investment from this fund.

Year Founded


Fund Activity


Mail Rule [rules by which you can get an email of an interesting for you fund employee, knowing only the name and surname of this employee]

Domain name: 500.co; User name format in descending order of probability: first, first '.' last, first last

Group Appearance [how often fund is operating separately from groups with shared interest]

99.2% of cases

Investments per Year [average amount of rounds in which fund participates each year]


Follow-on Index [how often fund is ready to support its portfolio startup at next rounds]

11.8% of cases

Average Multiplicator [the average ratio of the last valuation of portfolio startups to their total amount of financing raised]


Average Portfolio Company
Exit Age [the average age of portfolio startups at which they go public or become acquired]

4.2 years

Decision Makers / Strategy
Similarity Index [see explanation at unicorn-nest.com/dataset-what-we-tweet-vs-what-we-invest]

0.22 out of 1

Success / Strategy Similarity
Index [the matching between fund's investment strategy and its proved successes in the form of portfolio startups high valuations]

0.65 out of 1

Number of Unicorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $1B]


Number of Decacorns [amount of portfolio companies, which were valuated at more then $10B]


Number of Minotaurs [amount of portfolio companies, which raised more then $1B in total]


Funds Investing in Previous

Social Capital, Golden Gate Ventures, GV

Funds Investing in Following

Wayra, Techstars, Social Starts

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