Everyone knows that there are plenty of ways to get funded–you can either start your company bootstrapped or seek investment from an investment firm or agency and you can also find an angel or a venture capitalist to give you some cash to help you along your way. Here in Silicon Valley, one of the most prominent angel investors out there that is taking names, meetings, making dreams come true for some of the tech industry’s best and brightest startups is Dave McClure. As a staple of Silicon Valley, he’s definitely one of the most recognizable names out there and has made it his goal to help as many startups as possible. From helping provide needed resources at Founders Fund to organizing a global tour bringing some of America’s brightest minds to other countries with his successful Geeks on a Plane tour, no one can discount Mr. McClure’s determination and dedication to helping the innovators of the world succeed.
And that’s probably why 500 Startups was created–this part-fund, part-startup accelerator is geared to help early-stage companies with a bit of seed investment to help get them started. Eligible startups can also enroll in their popular startup accelerator program and in an effort to promote some of their most popular portfolio platforms, mico-fund models are available to fund startups who leverage them (e.g. Twilio Fund). Mr. McClure started 500 Startups just 18 months ago, but within that time span has been, as The Next Web called “dazzlingly prolific“. From investments in startups like Curebit, 955 Dreams, SendGrid, LaunchRock, Visual.ly, Udemy, AwayFind, Zozi, VidCaster, TaskRabbit, WillCall, Miso Media, Twilio, Votizen, OtherInbox, OneTrueFan, Flowtown, MogoTix, Rapportive, Wildfire Interactive, Tello, and many others, 500 Startups has had much success changing the way people do business.