Radar AMA: Ask 500 Startups founder and Managing Partner, Dave McClure anything on March 9



Our second Radar AMA this month is on Thursday March 9, and it’s with Dave McClure, founder and Managing Partner of startup incubator and venture capital firm, 500 Startups. This session is a ramp-up towards the first Geeks on a Plane tour to Africa that’s taking place this month.

Who is Dave McClure? (Wait, what rock have you been living under?) Dave has worked in Silicon Valley for the past 25 years as a developer, entrepreneur, startup advisor, investor, blogger, and internet marketing guru at companies such as Mint, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twilio, and O’Reilly Media.

He began his career as a database consultant and programmer in 1994, and went on to found an e-commerce consulting group that was later acquired by Servinet/Panurgy. Between 2008 and 2010, he managed the FF Angel seed investment program for Founders Fund. Dave has also taught a class on social networking and Facebook at Stanford, and directed marketing initiatives at Simply Hired and PayPal.

With over $250M under management, 500 Startups’ incubator program is one of the most prestigious programs in the world and has invested in hundreds of companies around the world. Printivo, Talentbase, Dropifi, Kudobuzz, Podozi and Surebids are some African startups that have been part of the 500 Startups program.

Come next Thursday, Dave will be answering all your questions on his entrepreneurship journey, the 500 Startups acceptance process, whether he likes pineapple on pizza, and his thoughts about how Ghanaian Jollof stacks up to Nigerian Jollof. Save the date!..by adding this to your calendar here.

See ya on Thursday!


  1. Hey Dave, do you really accept startups directly into your accelerator program or you need some kind of introduction before considering startups from Nigeria to accept?

  2. Nigerian jellof is better than the best so no discussion on that.

  3. Would you accept startups that will take almost 3 years before getting to profit ?

  4. Are there specific thing (maybe 4) that you consider before taking startups into your accelerator program?

  5. Do you really invest in ideas or founders?

  6. Will you prefer tech startups with a developer as a team member or just 2 founders that knows what they are doing (this is personal for me).



The AMA doesn’t start till 8:30pm(WAT), and a separate thread - not this one - will be created for that.


Oooops… My bad !