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@DaveMcClure 
@500Startups http://500.co 
ArabNet, Riyadh, Nov 2014 
Building Startup Ecosystems
[ This Talk ] 
• Changes in Building Technology Startups 
• Changes in Venture Capital Investing 
• Building Startup Ecosystems 
• Global Entrepreneurship
Dave McClure 
Founding Partner, 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, 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
500 Startups 
Global Seed Fund & Startup Accelerator 
• What is 500? 
– $125M silicon valley VC fund + startup accelerator 
– 40 people / 14 investing partners 
– Locations: SV/SF, MEX, BRZ, IND, CHN/TWN, KOR, SE Asia, MENA 
– 2000+ Founders / 200+ Mentors 
– Community + Content + Conferences 
! 
• 900+ Portfolio Co’s / 40+ Countries 
– Wildfire (acq GOOG, $350M) 
– MakerBot (acq SSYS, $400M) 
– Viki (acq Rakuten, $200M) 
– Simple (acq BBVA, $117M) 
– Twilio 
– SendGrid 
– Credit Karma 
– Udemy 
– TheRealReal 
– Barkbox 
– HomeJoy 
– ShopGo 
– Jamalon 
– Wuzzuf
500 Startups: Global Seed Fund 
Over 200+ startups outside US across 40+ countries 
MIDDLE 
EAST
[ This Talk ] 
• Changes in Building Technology Startups 
• Changes in Venture Capital Investing 
• Building Startup Ecosystems 
• Global Entrepreneurship

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Building Startup Ecosystems (Riyadh, Nov 2014)

  • 1. @DaveMcClure @500Startups http://500.co ArabNet, Riyadh, Nov 2014 Building Startup Ecosystems
  • 2. [ This Talk ] • Changes in Building Technology Startups • Changes in Venture Capital Investing • Building Startup Ecosystems • Global Entrepreneurship
  • 3. Dave McClure Founding Partner, 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, 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. 500 Startups Global Seed Fund & Startup Accelerator • What is 500? – $125M silicon valley VC fund + startup accelerator – 40 people / 14 investing partners – Locations: SV/SF, MEX, BRZ, IND, CHN/TWN, KOR, SE Asia, MENA – 2000+ Founders / 200+ Mentors – Community + Content + Conferences ! • 900+ Portfolio Co’s / 40+ Countries – Wildfire (acq GOOG, $350M) – MakerBot (acq SSYS, $400M) – Viki (acq Rakuten, $200M) – Simple (acq BBVA, $117M) – Twilio – SendGrid – Credit Karma – Udemy – TheRealReal – Barkbox – HomeJoy – ShopGo – Jamalon – Wuzzuf
  • 5. 500 Startups: Global Seed Fund Over 200+ startups outside US across 40+ countries MIDDLE EAST
  • 6. [ This Talk ] • Changes in Building Technology Startups • Changes in Venture Capital Investing • Building Startup Ecosystems • Global Entrepreneurship
  • 7. Industry Changes • Financial Market Crises (2000, 2008) • Startup Efficiency, Lean Startup Movement, Reduced Capital Costs • Growing Market, Global Distribution Platforms, “Growth Hacking” • Improved Monetization, Payments Infrastructure, Delivery/Logistics • Developing Startup Ecosystems, Global M&A ! • Micro VC: Seed Funds (ex: First Round Capital) • Incubators & Accelerators (ex: Y Combinator, 500 Startups) • Funding Platforms (ex: Angel List, Kickstarter) • Global Market of Angel Investors, Accelerators, Seed Funds ! more info: http://PreMoney.co
  • 8. Changes in Tech Startups • LESS Capital required to build product, get to market – Dramatically reduced cost for servers, software, bandwidth – Funding Platforms: KickStarter, Angel List, Funders Club, etc – Access to online platforms for 100M-1B+ consumers, smallbiz, etc ! • MORE Customers via ONLINE platforms (100M+ users) – Search (Google, Baidu) – Social (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn) – Mobile (Apple, Android) – E-Commerce (Amazon, Ebay/PayPal, Alibaba) – Media (YouTube, Pinterest, Instagram) – Comm/Msgs (WeChat/WhatsApp, Email, Voice, SMS, etc) ! • LOTS of little bets: Accelerators, Angels, Angel List, Small Exits – Capital + Co-working + Mentoring -> Design, Data, Distribution – “Fast, Cheap Fail”, network effects, quantitative + iterative investments
  • 9. Before & After 2 Dot-Com Crashes LEAN Startup: Simpler, Faster, Cheaper, Smarter Before 2000 ”Big, Fat, Dinosaur Startup” • Sun Servers • Oracle DB • Exodus Hosting • 12-24mo dev cycle • 6-18mo sales cycle • <100M people online • $1-2M seed round • $3-5M Series A • Sand Hill Road crawl After 2008 ”Lean, Little, Cockroach Startup” • AWS, Google, PayPal, FB, TW • Cloud + Open Source SW • Lean Startup / Startup Wknd • 3-90d dev cycle • SaaS / online sales • >3B people online • <$100K incub + <$1M seed • $1-3M Series A • Angel List global visibility
  • 10. Startup Founder Education • Business Plans • Software + Design/UX • Lean Startups + Continuous Deploy (Iterate) • Metrics Framework + Continuous Testing • Functional Prototypes • Scalable [Online] Mktg & Sales • Predictable Unit Economics • Pitching + Fundraising (Angel List) • Monetization + Payments • Customer Service + Support 10
  • 11. Platforms 2.0 Search, Social, Mobile, Video, Messaging
  • 12. Angel List: Platform for Investors + Startups • Startups + Metrics • Founders + Bios • Investors + Syndicates • Accelerators + Online Applications • Jobs + Talent 12
  • 13. [ This Talk ] • Changes in Building Technology Startups • Changes in Venture Capital Investing • Building Startup Ecosystems • Global Entrepreneurship
  • 14. Silicon Valley 2.0: Lots of Little Bets aka “MoneyBall for Startups” • VC Evolution: Physician, Scale Thyself (Aug 2012) • MoneyBall for Startups, 500 Startups Investment Thesis (Jul 2010)
  • 15. Investor Education • Startups are NOT Real Estate • Most Startups Fail / Power Law Returns • Portfolio Approach (20+ investments) • Legal Structure, Financial Structure • Syndication + Co-Investment • Access to Downstream Capital • Exits & Liquidity 15
  • 16. 500 Strategy: Lots of Little Bets* 1) make lots of little bets on pre-traction, early-stage startups 2) in 6-24 months, double-down on top 20-30% performers 3) wait 3-7 years for returns: -5-10% large exits @20X+ ($50-100M+) -10-20% small exits @5X ($5-50M) *See Peter Sims book: “Little Bets”
  • 17. The Lean VC: Lots of Little Bets, Incremental Investment Method: Make little bets in lots of startups using incremental investment, iterative development. Start with many small experiments, filter out failures, and expand investment in successes. ! • Incubator: $0-100K (“Build & Validate Product”) • Seed: $100K-$1M (“Test & Grow Marketing Channels””) • Venture: $1M-$10M (“Maximize Growth & Revenue”)
  • 18. Investment Stage #1: Product Validation + Customer Usage • Structure – 1-3 founders – $25-$100K investment – Incubator environment: multiple peers, mentors/advisors ! • Test Functional Prototype / “Minimum Viable Product” (MVP): – Prototype->Alpha, ~3-6 months – Develop Minimal Critical Feature Set => Get to “It Works! Someone Uses It.” – Improve Design & Usability, Setup Conversion Metrics – Test Small-Scale Customer Adoption (10-1000 users) ! • Demonstrate Concept, Reduce Product Risk, Test Functional Use • Develop Metrics & Filter for Possible Future Investment
  • 19. Investment Stage #2: Market Validation + Revenue Testing • Structure – 2-10 person team – $100K-$1M investment – Syndicate of Angel Investors / Small VC Funds ! • Improve Product, Expand Customers, Test Revenue: – Alpha->Beta, ~6-12 months – Scale Customer Adoption => “Many People Use It, & They Pay.” – Test Marketing Campaigns, Customer Acquisition Channels + Cost – Test Revenue Generation, Find Profitable Customer Segments ! • Prove Solution/Benefit, Assess Market Size • Test Channel Cost, Revenue Opportunity • Determine Org Structure, Key Hires
  • 20. Investment Stage #3: Revenue Validation + Growth • Structure – 5-25 person team – $1M-$10M investment – Seed & Venture Investors ! • Make Money (or Go Big), Get to Sustainability: – Beta->Production, 12-24 months – Revenue / Growth => “We Can Make (a lot of) Money!” – Mktg Plan => Predictable Channels / Campaigns + Budget – Scalability & Infrastructure, Customer Service & Operations – Connect with Distribution Partners, Expand Growth ! • Prove/Expand Market, Operationalize Business • Future Milestones: Profitable/Sustainable, Exit Options
  • 21. [ This Talk ] • Changes in Building Technology Startups • Changes in Venture Capital Investing • Building Startup Ecosystems • Global Entrepreneurship
  • 22. Startup Investor Ecosystem !! Angels & Incubators ($0-10M) ! “Micro-VC” Funds ($10-100M) “Big” VC Funds ($100-500M) “Mega” VC Funds (>$500M) SV Angel First Round Union Square A16Z Y-Combinator SoftTech (Clavier) Felicis (Senkut) Sequoia Incubation Seed/A Series A/B Series B/C Bootstrap, KickStarter, AngelList, Crowdfunding
  • 23. Critical Ecosystem Factors • Optimism & Belief (“Silicon Valley”) • Mentorship + Education (Knowledge) • Universities + Companies (People) • Capital, Legal, Finance (Infrastructure) • Engineering + Design / UX (Product) • Platforms + Distribution (Customers) • Online Payments (Monetization) • IPO / M&A Market (Exits) 23
  • 24. Example Startup Ecosystem • 1,000 Bootstrap Startups ($0-10K) • = 1,000 Parents/Garages/Basements @ $0-500/mo food+rent • 300 Accelerator Startups ($10-100K) • = 10-20 Accelerators @ $1-5M/yr, 20-50 co’s/yr • 100 Seed-Stage Startups ($100K-$1M) • = 5-10 Micro-VC Funds @ $10-30M/yr, 10-20 co’s/yr • 30 Series A/B Startups ($1-10M) • = 3-5 Early-Stage Funds @ $25-100M/yr, 5-10 co’s/yr • 10 Later-Stage Companies ($10-100M) • = 2-3 Later-Stage Funds @ $50-250M/yr, 3-5 co’s/yr • 1-3 Mature Company IPOs ($100M+) 24
  • 25. [ This Talk ] • Changes in Building Technology Startups • Changes in Venture Capital Investing • Building Startup Ecosystems • Global Entrepreneurship
  • 26. Local vs Global? • Emerging / Developing Markets • Global Languages: English, Chinese, Spanish, Arabic • Critical Factors: Education, Mentorship, Capital • Capital Availability: Incubation, Seed, Series A • Positive Macro: SmartPhones, Tablets, Payments, Logistics, Growing Middle Class, Distribution Platforms • Wealthy Global Users, Shoppers, Travelers
  • 27. How Big is Seed Stage Startup Market? 500 VCs invest in 10,000 startups/yr @ $500K/startup = $5B/yr How many people are entrepreneurs? How many startups get started every year? • ~1% of Humanity is “Entrepreneurial” (def’n: “can create a $10M rev/yr business”) • 1% x 7B ppl = 70M entrepreneurs, each of which starts 1-5 businesses lifetime (70 yrs) • hypothesis: talented entrepreneurs can create 1-5M new “startup” businesses every year ! NOW: let’s say we *ONLY* do the top 1% => the best 10,000 startups in the top 200 metros ! How many metros? How many investors / metro? How many startups / metro? • 1 [micro] VC can fund 10-20 startups/yr * $50K-$500K = ~$1-10M/yr annual budget • global metros of 1-10M+ ppl can generate 100-1,000 startups / year • 1-5 VCs in top 200 metros = 500 VCs x 20 startups/yr = 10,000 startups/yr • hypothesis: 500 VCs invest $500K each -> 20 startups/yr = $5B/yr -> 10,000 startups ! … so forget about 500 Startups, and start thinking about 500 VCs. 15
  • 28. Questions? Comments? • More Info? – http://500.co (our company) – http://500hats.com (my blog) – https://angel.co/500startups (our fund) – Dave McClure, @DaveMcClure