I'm a geek, investor, former coder and entrepreneur, occasional blogger and internet marketing nerd. I've lived in Silicon Valley for over 25 years and I'm passionate about startups and entrepreneurship. I've invested in hundreds of companies all over the world.
I'm a co-founder and managing partner of 500 Startups (http://500.co), a global venture capital firm with $330M in committed capital started by PayPal and Google nerds. We have invested in over 1,800 companies across 50+ countries including: Credit Karma, Grab, Twilio (NYSE:TWLO), SendGrid, Udemy, Ipsy, TalkDesk, Intercom, MakerBot (acq SSYS for $400M), Wildfire Interactive (acq GOOG for $350M), and Viki (acq Rakuten for $200M).
500 Startups invests in companies building consumer and business internet services. Our headquarters are in Silicon Valley, although our team speaks 25 languages and is all over the world, including San Francisco, Silicon Valley, New York, Los Angeles, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, India, China, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, UK, Turkey, and the Middle East. In addition to investment, we help startups with product and marketing, customer development, design and usability, online distribution, business metrics, and fundraising.
Looking forward to answering your questions around investing, bringing Silicon Valley to other regions such as Africa, and our upcoming Geeks on a Plane trip.