MEET THE MENTORS
Dave uses his uncanny ability to function without sleep and frequent flyer miles to uncover geeks around the world. His ominous past includes work at Founders Fund, Facebook fbFund, PayPal, Mint.com, & Simply Hired.
Marvin works with awesome startups across the globe and at the SF accelerator program. He’s a recovering executive from Yahoo! and is very happy to be part of the revolution.
Zafer is a Partner at 500 Startups, leading the Business Development team. Previously, Zafer Co-Founded The Online Project, where his team developed and executed digital strategies for Fortune 500 companies and high profile organizations.
Arjun helps companies with strategy, fundraising, growth and more. He is a serial entrepreneur, turned active angel & advisor and now a Partner at 500 Startups. He has invested in 100+ companies.
Max is a Venture Partner at 500 Startups and is part of the SF based accelerator program team. I his role, Max works closely with startups, helping them grow and market their products / services.
Co-founded Storefront (raised $10M, acq by OuiOpen) and SocialEarth (bootstrapped, acq by 3BL Media). Forbes 30 under 30. TEDx speaker.
Rebecca is an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at 500 Startups, where she manages the digital health track. Previously she founded CakeHealth.com (acquired), to help individuals track and manage healthcare expenses. She is recognized as Top Digital Leaders by the United Nations, and has also been an advisor to the White House.
James co-founded the “Medium.com of Japan” before covering venture investments for DeNA, based in Tokyo. He now heads the 500 Startups Japan fund.
Just a nuclear engineer turned hacker turned banker turned researcher turned venture capitalist. Yohei sources deals and wins hackathons over at 500 Japan.
Mat helps startups through customer acquisition, metrics and testing, and previously worked at General Assembly, Charles River Ventures, Grockit and Socrata.
When he’s not helping 500 companies grow through sales & marketing automation, he’s probably eating a delicious meal or telling a bad joke.
Rina co-founded Peak Games and Hemenkiralik, the first vacation rental network of Turkey. She is the founder of 500 Istanbul, focused on backing exciting startups from Turkey/Turkic region and the diaspora.
Nemo helps startups grow profits—fast. Previously, he led marketing at Bloomfire (acquired 20 months after launch) and then, at KISSmetrics, while building a 7-figure eCommerce side business from scratch in 1 year.
Chandini is a Distribution Partner at 500 startups, where she has worked with over 100 seed and growth stage startups, based out of North America, South East Asia, and India. She is also an engineer turned entrepreneur who started off her career building autonomous robots, laser-based mechatronic systems, and, acquiring patents on diesel engines and control systems.
Tim is a Partner at 500 Startups, managing 500's $10M+ Korea fund, 500 Kimchi. Some of his investments include PeopleFund, Finda, Althea, and AutoLotto. In 2016, he was named to Forbes Asia's "30 Under 30" in Finance and Venture Capital.
Louise is an EIR at 500 Startups and is the CEO and Co-Founder of Vint a fitness management software tool. Bootstraped a previous company and has experience raising angel and VC finances.
* We are still adding speakers from the 500 Team! Speaker list is subject to change.