#500STRONG
BUILDING A GLOBAL COMMUNITY

@DAVEMCCLURE @500STARTUPS
FEB 2014 #CMXSUMMIT
THIS TALK
1. Cats & Hats
2. Geeks & Developers
3. Founders & Startups
4. Branded Communities & Geeks On a Plane
5. 500 Sta...
Dave McClure


Founding Partner & Chief Troublemaker, 500 Startups

00’s & 10’s:
• VC: Founders Fund, Facebook fbFund, 500...
500 STARTUPS: GLOBAL SEED FUND
700 COMPANIES, 200 NON-US, 40+ COUNTRIES
1000+ FOUNDERS, 200+ MENTORS
1. Cats & Hats
2. Geeks & Developers
3. Founders & Startups
4. Branded Communities & Geeks On a Plane
5. 500 Startups & #5...
• Kids & Family: Youth, Innocence.
• Education: A SENSE OF WONDER.
• Fun & Funny: Seuss, Bugs, Calvin & Hobbes
• Fantasy: ...
1. Cats & Hats

2. Geeks & Developers
3. Founders & Startups
4. Branded Communities & Geeks On a Plane
5. 500 Startups & #...
• Nerd Communities (Insecurity = Strength)
• Egalitarian, Meritocratic vs. Sexist, Brutish, Antisocial
• ”The Geek Shall I...
1. Cats & Hats
2. Geeks & Developers

3. Founders & Startups
4. Branded Communities & Geeks On a Plane
5. 500 Startups & #...
• HiTech + Silicon Valley
• Startups + Entrepreneurship
• MONEY! FAME! (Happiness?)
• MSFT, AAPL, YHOO, AMZN, GOOG, PYPL, ...
THIS TALK
1. Cats & Hats
2. Geeks & Developers
3. Founders & Startups

4. Branded Communities + “Geeks On a Plane”
5. 500 ...
• Y Combinator: Guild of Geeks
• 500 Startups: House of Hustle
• WarmGun: Designing Happiness
• UnSexy: B2B, Monetization
...
1. Cats & Hats

2. Geeks & Developers

3. Founders & Startups

4. Branded Communities & Geeks On a Plane

500 Startups + #...
• Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram
• #500STRONG = WE. ARE. SPARTA!
• Combine Previous Elements:
• Kids,...
THANKS 4 LISTENING!
• Questions?
• Heckles?
• Smart-Ass Remarks?
• @DaveMcClure
• http://500.co
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#500STRONG: Building Global Family, Global Community

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#500STRONG: Building Global Family, Global Community

  1. 1. #500STRONG BUILDING A GLOBAL COMMUNITY @DAVEMCCLURE @500STARTUPS FEB 2014 #CMXSUMMIT
  2. 2. THIS TALK 1. Cats & Hats 2. Geeks & Developers 3. Founders & Startups 4. Branded Communities & Geeks On a Plane 5. 500 Startups & #500STRONG
  3. 3. Dave McClure
 Founding Partner & Chief Troublemaker, 500 Startups 00’s & 10’s: • VC: Founders Fund, Facebook fbFund, 500 Startups • Angel: Mashery, Mint.com, SlideShare, Twilio, Wildfire, SendGrid • Marketing: PayPal, Simply Hired, Mint.com, oDesk, O’Reilly ! 80’s & 90’s: • Entrepreneur: Aslan Computing (acq’d by Servinet/Panurgy) • Developer: Windows / SQL DB consultant (Intel, MSFT) • Engineer: Johns Hopkins‘88, BS Eng / Applied Math
  4. 4. 500 STARTUPS: GLOBAL SEED FUND 700 COMPANIES, 200 NON-US, 40+ COUNTRIES
  5. 5. 1000+ FOUNDERS, 200+ MENTORS
  6. 6. 1. Cats & Hats 2. Geeks & Developers 3. Founders & Startups 4. Branded Communities & Geeks On a Plane 5. 500 Startups & #500STRONG
  7. 7. • Kids & Family: Youth, Innocence. • Education: A SENSE OF WONDER. • Fun & Funny: Seuss, Bugs, Calvin & Hobbes • Fantasy: Cartoons, Comics, Animation • LOVE :)
  8. 8. 1. Cats & Hats 2. Geeks & Developers 3. Founders & Startups 4. Branded Communities & Geeks On a Plane 5. 500 Startups & #500STRONG
  9. 9. • Nerd Communities (Insecurity = Strength) • Egalitarian, Meritocratic vs. Sexist, Brutish, Antisocial • ”The Geek Shall Inherit The Earth” = Geeks Rising.
  10. 10. 1. Cats & Hats 2. Geeks & Developers 3. Founders & Startups 4. Branded Communities & Geeks On a Plane 5. 500 Startups & #500STRONG
  11. 11. • HiTech + Silicon Valley • Startups + Entrepreneurship • MONEY! FAME! (Happiness?) • MSFT, AAPL, YHOO, AMZN, GOOG, PYPL, FB, TWTR • Entrepreneur, Wantrepreneur, VCs, Bubbles.
  12. 12. THIS TALK 1. Cats & Hats 2. Geeks & Developers 3. Founders & Startups 4. Branded Communities + “Geeks On a Plane” 5. 500 Startups & #500STRONG
  13. 13. • Y Combinator: Guild of Geeks • 500 Startups: House of Hustle • WarmGun: Designing Happiness • UnSexy: B2B, Monetization • MamaBear: Family Tech • PreMoney: Disrupting Venture Capital • BitCoinference + Commercism: SELL OUT COMRADES!
  14. 14. 1. Cats & Hats 2. Geeks & Developers 3. Founders & Startups 4. Branded Communities & Geeks On a Plane 500 Startups + #500STRONG
  15. 15. • Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram • #500STRONG = WE. ARE. SPARTA! • Combine Previous Elements: • Kids, Fun, Education • Geeks & Developers • Startups & Founders • Aligned Communities • Creative Mktg & Quirky Branding
  16. 16. THANKS 4 LISTENING! • Questions? • Heckles? • Smart-Ass Remarks? • @DaveMcClure • http://500.co
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