Dave McCLure

500 Startups debuts fifth batch of accelerator companies

500 Startups releases Wednesday the 32 companies making up its fifth accelerator batch. Selected in October, the group will debut at a demo day in February. Notably, the 32 startups have a large number of international and female founders in the mix.

500 Startups widens application process for fall batch

Looking to join the 500 Startups fall accelerator batch? The group has now opened its application process, allowing founders to apply through AngelList, making the process for joining up easier than ever. The applications will be open through Sept. 23.

500 Startups doubles down on Mexico via local accelerator

500 Startups gets its first international accelerator. Dave McClure’s investment group joins with a Mexican accelerator called Mexican VC. Mexico has a growing population of new Internet and mobile hungry consumers, and the country has less of an investing bubble compared to Brazil.

5 companies to watch from 500 Startups’ Demo Day

27 companies made their pitches at the 500 Startups demo day on Tuesday in Mountain View, and it was a diverse bunch of startups that took the stage, emphasizing mobile technology and a large number of shopping-related and kid-oriented apps in their pitches to investors.

The best and brightest from 500 Startups’ third demo day

In Mountain View, 32 companies from the third class of the 500 Startups Accelerator program showed off what they’ve been working on to investors and press. I sat through all the demos so you didn’t have to, and to tell you who the top startups are.

Can Seedcamp join the Ivy League of startup schools?

London-based Seedcamp is already a significant force in early stage investment: but now it’s come out all guns blazing with a series of partnerships across Europe and America that it hopes can secure its reputation as one of the world’s leading incubators.

Another 20 startups join the 500 Startups Accelerator

Dave McClure’s 500 Startups has nearly doubled the number of participating companies in the second round of its Accelerator program, which runs from May through September. It’s also pretty diverse, with 20 percent of companies having female founders and 30 percent having international founders.

500 Startups Launches New Silicon Valley Incubator

Dave McClure’s 500 Startups has invested in nearly 100 young companies since being launched last summer. Now it’s looking to help them grow with an incubator program that will give them Silicon Valley work space, design and distribution help and access to its stable of mentors.

McClure Adds 500 Mentors to 500 Startups

Angel investor Dave McClure has added a roster of mentors and advisors to the team at his recently launched seed fund/incubator 500 Startups, a group that includes Google’s “open advocate” Chris Messina, Josh Elman of Twitter, Slideshare CEO Rashmi Sinha and Hunter Walk of YouTube.

Are Most VCs Dinosaurs Who Need to Hurry Up and Die?

There’s been plenty of debate about whether small VCs are better than large ones, but angel investor Dave McClure says that the big problem isn’t size. He argues that most VCs, big or small, are simply approaching the consumer Internet market in completely the wrong way.

FanBridge Applies the Zappos Model to Music

Under-the-radar startup FanBridge provides tools at the crux of the music biz: the relationship between artists and fans. By helping artists email and text their fans and giving them superior customer service, the angel-funded company now counts tens of thousands of clients and 50 million users.

Three Years & Counting…

Happy Birthday to us — we are three years old! It seems like only yesterday that I was sitting at the Starbucks…