EMBARGO: Hold until Wed Oct 31, 2012 12:00PM Eastern / 9:00AM Pacific500 Startups - Fall 2012 Accelerator Program (“Batch 5”)Highlights: ● 33 companies are in this batch. The program kicked off on October 4, 2012. ● This is the first time we utilized an open application process. We used AngelList’s platform to fill a few of the remaining spots in this batch - 3 weeks before the program started. The process worked really well for us, and we plan to keep working w/ AngelList for future batches. We received hundreds of applications and ended up selecting 8 companies (< 2% acceptance rate). ● 7 of these companies have at least 1 woman founder. (21%) ● More than half of the batch is from outside Silicon Valley. 19 companies joined us from outside the U.S. for the program (57% international): ○ ARGENTINA: Femeninas, Wideo ○ AUSTRIA: everbill ○ AUSTRALIA: Kickfolio (AngelCube graduate) ○ BRAZIL: Cuponomia, Qual Canal, UniPay ○ CROATIA: WhoAPI ○ DENMARK: Iconfinder ○ INDIA: gazeMetrix, Instamojo, TradeBriefs, WalletKit ○ JAPAN: Cinemacraft ○ ITALY: Pick1 ○ LATVIA & ESTONIA: Repairy (Seedcamp graduate) ○ SPAIN: Traity (Seedcamp graduate), TouristEye ○ TAIWAN: Cubie ○ The rest hail from outside the valley (NYC, LA, Hawaii, Boston, Tennessee). ● 500 Startups is BIG on international. ~15% of our overall portfolio comes from outside the U.S., and we recently brought in Pankaj Jain as a venture partner for India and merged forces with Mexican.VC. (in addition to already having Bedy Yang as a venture partner for Brazil) ● Demo Days will take place in February 2013 in Mountain View, San Francisco, and NYC. (Dates TBA soon)Links to include in coverage: ● AngelList of all co’s (will be live at embargo): https://angel.co/500startups-fall-2012 ● 500 Blog post (will be live at embargo): http://500.co/2012/10/31/welcome-batch-5-accelerator ● LAST BUT NOT LEAST!!! This batch put together a hilariously awesome video for their coming-out announcement - “Sh*t 500 Founders Say”. We’d love you to embed it in your coverage. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SC1TPO3D06I (Currently private until embargo lifts. If you’d like to see it now, let me know what email address to share it with).Contact:Christine Tsaichristine@500.co(650) 427-9698 or (650) 630-9206Accelerator companies listed in ABC order.
BabyListA baby registry that works like Pinterest. Put anything on the web onto your baby registry. Makespregnancy less overwhelming and more fun.AngelList: https://angel.co/babylistContact: firstname.lastname@example.orgFounders: Natalie GordonFrom: San Francisco, CAFun Fact: Created by Natalie when she was pregnant.ChewseWere a marketplace for groups to easily order great food.AngelList: https://angel.co/chewseContact: Tracy Lawrence, Jeff SchenckFounders: email@example.comFrom: Santa Monica, CAFun Fact: Weve fed over 17,000 people!CinemacraftVideo thumbnails are archaic. Cinemacrafts videogram service produces an interactive pictorial summaryof the video (comic). Makes video thumbnails come to life.AngelList: https://angel.co/cinemacraftContact: Sandeep CasiFounders: firstname.lastname@example.orgFrom: Tokyo, Japan
Club WCurated, personalized wine subscription service.AngelList: https://angel.co/club-wContact: email@example.comFounders: Xander Oxman, Mark Lynn, Geoff McFarlaneFrom: Denver, COFun Fact: Weve shipped over 60,000 bottles of wine in a little over 6 months.AngelList:Contact:Founders:From:Fun Fact:CompStakWe create transparency in commercial real estate by gathering information that is hard to find, difficult tocompile or currently unavailable.AngelList: https://angel.co/compstakContact: firstname.lastname@example.orgFounders: Michael Mandel, Vadim BelobrovkaFrom: New York, NYFun Fact: We have employees from 5 different countries.Cubie
Cubie Messenger (Android, iPhone) is a free messenger for the creative to chat and draw. Over 4M usersand growing.AngelList: https://angel.co/cubieContact: email@example.comFounders: Yenwen Feng, Cjin ChengFrom: TaiwanFun Fact: Cubies video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RNUwDXUKZfECuponomiaCuponomia is a marketplace to search, discover and share deals and online coupon codes in Brazil.AngelList: https://angel.co/cuponomiaContact: firstname.lastname@example.orgFounders: Vinicius Dornela, Antonio MirandaFrom: Sao Paulo, BrazilFun Fact: We hate that we cant find coupons and deals in Brazil the same way we do in the US.Curious HatWe build mobile exploration tools for curious children.AngelList: https://angel.co/curious-hatContact: email@example.comFounders: Luca Prasso, Erwan MaigretFrom: San Mateo, CA (by way of Italy and France)Fun Fact: We prove that Italians and French can get along very well and create great apps. (as long asthey dont talk about soccer, cheese or wine!)
DealflicksDealflicks offers movie tickets and concessions for up to 60% off. Were like Priceline or Hotwire, but formovie theaters.AngelList: https://angel.co/dealflicksContact: firstname.lastname@example.orgFounders: Sean Wycliffe, Zachary Cancio, and Kevin HongFrom: Oakland/San Francisco, CAFun Fact: For over 2 months after quitting his job, Kevin (co-founder) continued to get up every morningat 5am, put on a tie, and drive to "work" to avoid breaking the news to his strict Korean parents.everbillThe easiest way to issue invoices and estimates.AngelList: https://angel.co/everbillContact: email@example.comFounders: Harald Trautsch, Gerald Aichholzer, Robert Beisteiner, Michael KunzFrom: Vienna, AustriaFun Fact: We are the vegan CrossFit machines.femeninasFashion and beauty portal for women.
AngelList: https://angel.co/femeninasContact: firstname.lastname@example.orgFounders: Ricardo LerchFrom: ArgentinaFun Fact: Fashion is cool by default.gazeMetrixWe look at videos and pictures and help brands measure their visibility.AngelList: https://angel.co/gazemetrix-1Contact: email@example.comFounders: Deobrat Singh, Saurab Paruthi, Debayan BanerjeeFrom: Delhi, IndiaFun Fact: Two of us do not have US visas yet!HunieHunie is a community that helps designers get constructive and honest critiques from fellow designers.AngelList: https://angel.co/hunieContact: firstname.lastname@example.orgFounders: Damian MadrayFrom: Silicon Valley, CAIconfinderIconfinder is the worlds leading site for icons.AngelList: https://angel.co/iconfinderContact: email@example.comFounders: Martin LeBlanc Eigtved, Steffen Thilsted, Nick BruunFrom: Copenhagen, DenmarkFun Fact: More than 100 million icons have been downloaded from Iconfinder.
iDreamBooksRotten Tomatoes for books.AngelList: https://angel.co/idreambooksContact: firstname.lastname@example.orgFounders: Rahul Simha, Vish Chap, Mohit AggrawalFrom: Canada/IndiaFun Fact: The founder of Rotten Tomatoes (Patrick Lee) is one of our investors!InstamojoSell your digital creations with just one click. Gumroad for India.AngelList: https://angel.co/instamojo-1Contact: email@example.comFounders: Sampad Swain, Akash Gehani, Harshad SharmaFrom: Mumbai, IndiaFun Fact: Instamojo was our side project.KickfolioWe help brands promote their iPhone apps. Instead of screenshots or movies, brands can embedinteractive iPhone app demos on any web page.AngelList: https://angel.co/kickfolioContact: firstname.lastname@example.orgFounders: Chris Nolet, Edward Dowling, Diesel LawsFrom: Melbourne, AustraliaFun Fact: We hung out at 500 Startups for 4 hours to meet with Dave. And then our demo failed.
LaunchGramLaunchGram aggregates news about products and launches coming soon in verticals such as movies,electronics, video games,and cars.AngelList: https://angel.co/launchgramContact: email@example.comFounders: Andy Sparks, Zach Boerger, Carrie PhillipsFrom: Columbus, OhioFun Fact: We used to be named Soonzy, but everyone thought it was Snoozy, so we changed it.MarkerlyMarkerly increases publisher page views and engagement by providing next generation social sharingand discovery tools.AngelList: https://angel.co/markerlyContact: firstname.lastname@example.orgFounders: Sarah Ware, Justin Kline, Rahf NoorFrom: DCFun Fact: What do you get when a Jew, a Christian, and a Muslim start a company? Markerly.Pick1Retargeting via automated Market Research - Big Data for Opinions.AngelList: http://angel.co/pick1Contact: email@example.comFounders: Paolo Privitera, Armando BiondiFrom: ItalyFun Fact: Multinational in a pocket: US company 100% Italian team, Chilean funding (so far).
PrivyOnline advertising used to suck for SMBs. Not anymore. Privy is an automated, digital ad agency. You seta budget and promo, we deliver the only metric that matters: customers.AngelList: https://angel.co/privyContact: firstname.lastname@example.orgFounders: Ben Jabbawy, Jake CohenFrom: Boston, MAFun Fact: Team Privy traveled in a velour-lined van to get to 500 Startups.Qual CanalQual Canal tracks conversations about TV shows in social media to deliver insightful audienceinformation to broadcasters, brands, and agencies.AngelList: https://angel.co/qual-canalContact: email@example.comFounders: Anderson Fér (CEO), André Terra (CMO), Fabricio Buzeto (CTO), Flávio Ferrari (Advisor)From: BrazilRepairyRepairy is a web-based customer relationship and resource management system for car repair shops anddealerships, integrated with a spare parts marketplace.AngelList: https://angel.co/repairyContact: firstname.lastname@example.orgFounders: Maksim Fjodorov, Mareks Veinbergs, Arvis ZeileFrom: Estonia & Latvia
Fun Fact: We are rapid fast due to Mareks driving style and his Subaru Impreza STI. After two weeksof programming, we visited 60 repair shops presenting the Repairy concept. The only challenge wasmaintaining that healthy and smiling look we usually have for sales pitches!SupplyHogCreating a better way to purchase building materials, so you can Get - Ship - Done.AngelList: https://angel.co/supplyhogContact: email@example.comFounders: Nathan Derrick, Philip BrownFrom: Chattanooga, TNFun Fact: We come from the GigCity. Our CEO is obsessed with unicorns and mermaids. Sorry,mermen.TealetMarketplace that connects tea drinkers with tea growers.AngelList: https://angel.co/tealetContact: firstname.lastname@example.orgFounders: Elyse Petersen, Christian Kamau, Jane GonsowskiFrom: Honolulu, HIFun Fact: Employee perks include all-you-can-drink tea, travel around the world, and relocation toHawaii.TouristEyeThe Trip Planner every traveler falls in love with. Plan your trip on the web, view all the info & maps offlineon your mobile.AngelList: https://angel.co/touristeyeContact: email@example.com
Founders: Ariel Camus, Javier Fernandez EscribanoFrom: Madrid, SpainFun Fact: We have traveled to more than 40 countries combined. Call us if you want to travel around SV!TradeBriefsEmpowering Indian professionals through industry expertise and jobs.AngelList: https://angel.co/tradebriefsContact: firstname.lastname@example.orgFounders: Sree VijaykumarFrom: Mumbai, IndiaFun Fact: TradeBriefs has been interpreted on more than one occasion to be a company dealing withunderwear.TraityTraity measures peoples reputation in worldwide 360 feedback to improve transactions betweenstrangers.AngelList: https://angel.co/traity-1Contact: email@example.comFounders: Juan Cartagena, José Ignacio Fernández, Borja MartínFrom: Madrid, SpainFun Fact: In Traity, people perceive us as the "executive", the "researcher", and the "computer geek"(exactly our roles in the startup). We defined those personality types beforehand though - we didntintentionally rig the results!Translate AbroadTranslate Aboard is building a suite of simple translation apps. Use your smart phone camera to instantlytranslate text without internet.AngelList: https://angel.co/translate-abroadContact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Founders: Ryan Rogowski, Huan-Yu Wu, Kevin ClarkFrom: Providence, Rhode IslandFun Fact: We have a white Chinese speaker.UniPayUniPay is a mobile payment platform for Brazil.AngelList: https://angel.co/unipayContact: email@example.comFounders: Tahiana DEgmont, Mayara Campos, Sergio CostaFrom: São Paulo, BrazilWalletKitWalletKit is a SaaS platform to create, manage and deliver digital passes to mobile wallets.AngelList: https://angel.co/walletkitContact: firstname.lastname@example.orgFounders: Kevin Rajasekaran, Ramakanth DoraiFrom: Chennai, IndiaFun Fact: To get into 500 Startups, we stalked Paul Singh at his hotel in India. We actually figured outthe location based on one of his tweets and found him in the hotel lobby. He was in a rush to get to theairport, so we pitched him on the way to the airport, which included getting into his cab. We also cameprepared with these sketches of the 500 Partners.WideoWideo is an online platform that will allow you to easily create, quickly edit and share your own animatedvideos.AngelList: https://angel.co/wideo-2Contact: email@example.comFounders: Agu De Marco & Agustin Esperón
From: Buenos Aires, ArgentinaWhoAPIDelivering extensive information about domain data.AngelList: https://angel.co/whoapiContact: firstname.lastname@example.orgFounders: Goran Duskic, Edi BudimilicFrom: Rijeka, CroatiaFun Fact: Both founders are high school dropouts.