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Samuel Wendel

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April 28, 2021
April 28, 2021

How Serena Ventures Built a Portfolio With 60% Diverse Founders

Serena Ventures partner Alison Rapaport Stillman thinks VCs need to get out of their comfort zones. Take trading cards, something Alison has never cared about—that is until alternative assets boomed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Suddenly, she foun...
April 23, 2021
April 23, 2021

Emerging Fund Managers Share Tips on Breaking into Venture Capital

Four emerging fund managers gathered recently at 500 Startups’ 2021 Unity and Inclusion Summit to discuss what it takes to break into VC, forge relationships with LPs and build diverse founder pipelines.  The talk featured McKeever “Mac” C...
April 16, 2021
April 16, 2021

Andreessen Horowitz’s Naithan Jones on Finding the Next P. Diddy

Andreessen Horowitz partner Naithan Jones sees a disconnect in the way venture capitalists identify and value entrepreneurial talent. He points to a time he once spotted Mark Zuckerberg and Diddy chatting in a room in Silicon Valley. Some VCs migh...
February 08, 2021
February 08, 2021

Batch 27 Presents at 500 Startups’ Digital Demo Day

Digital Demo Day has returned for a second consecutive year, with 500 Startups showcasing Batch 27 to a global network of investors, corporates and press.  Twenty-nine companies delivered pre-recorded presentations in a live streamed event, wit...
December 15, 2020
December 15, 2020

BLCK VC’s Brian Hollins Talks Opportunities and Resources for Black Investors

Black investors and founders are still vastly underrepresented in the world of venture capital, but there are signs of positive momentum. Take it from Brian Hollins, a founding board member of BLCK VC, a nonprofit helping aspiring Black investors ...
December 08, 2020
December 08, 2020

How New SEC Crowdfunding Rules Could Provide Founders With a Boost

Equity crowdfunding looks poised to deliver expanded opportunities for founders trying to raise capital, thanks to new guidance from the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Among other areas, the SEC has announced updates to how secu...
September 22, 2020
September 22, 2020

How to Do Deals in Slack

Back in March, 500 Startups set up a dedicated Slack channel to facilitate investor networking during its first ever Digital Demo Day. The platform, renamed 500vc, proved so popular that the team decided to turn it into a permanent meeting venue. ...

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