Geek, Investor, Troublemaker, Sith Lord.
Internet | San Francisco Bay Area, US
I'm a geek, investor, former coder & entrepreneur, occasional blogger and internet marketing nerd. I've lived in Silicon Valley for over 25 years and I'm passionate about startups & entrepreneurship. I've invested in hundreds of companies all over the world.
I'm the founding partner of 500 Startups (http://500.co), a global venture capital firm with ~$300M under management. We have invested in over 1,500 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).
Previously, I was at Founders Fund (2008-2010), where I led seed-stage investments in 3 future unicorns: Twilio, Credit Karma, and Lyft (aka ZimRide), and also ran the Facebook fbFund incubator (2009). I was Director of Marketing at PayPal (2001-2004) before IPO and after acquisition by eBay. After leaving PayPal in 2004, I was an investor/advisor in ~15 startups including Bix.com (acq YHOO), Mint.com (acq INTU), Jambool (acq GOOG), TeachStreet (acq AMZN), SlideShare (acq LNKD), and Mashery (acq INTC). Before PayPal, I founded Aslan Computing, acquired by Servinet in 1998.
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.
- my bio: http://bit.ly/AboutDaveMcClure
- my blog: http://500hats.com
- our company: http://500.co
- my presentations: http://slideshare.net/dmc500hats
- my investor profile: http://angel.co/davemcclure