The Story So Far.
In 2010, a few of us believed that the revolution of Silicon Valley would be seen in every part of the world. In 2014, our little team embarked on a worldwide tour to get capital into Southeast Asian startups. We took the flights, the calls, the meetings. A lot of them.
Now, we are staring at the 300+ startups we funded, and a phone screen full of the most used apps that shape our society.
Grab. Bukalapak. Carsome. Carousell. eFishery. Some have grew to $1B+ unicorns with many more getting big real fast.
More importantly, they are serving hundreds and millions of people. From the cities to the edges of society, we are humbled by how these startups are uplifting our economies.
This global economic climate made it very clear that our future needs rebuilding. We’re betting that these startups will get that done.
How about you?
The Next Step
To ensure the right ideas and people get the resources they need, we have not only cemented our place in the earliest seed investment stages, we have also been setting up larger funds to support the companies as they scale from idea to exit.
Beyond capital, it is the expertise, network, and hands-on support to execute that matter the most – we know that’s a lot of work!
This is why we’re starting with building the strongest tight-knit team of long-term players we can possibly build. We’re building this to serve our founders better. So, they can go on to serve everyone else, and define the decade to come.
If what you’ve read so far doesn’t scare you, read on.
Who We Are
Oh, you may have guessed by now we are a venture capital firm. We call ourselves 500 Global. Founded in Silicon Valley, our firm manages > $2.7 Billion of investments in 2,700+ startups in 81 countries. The $1B+ unicorns? We’ve 49 of them at the time of writing. We’re recognized as a leading investor in Southeast Asia’s unicorns, and we back them early.
We’ve > 200 team members across 20 locations around the world. Our HQ is in Palo Alto, California.
This voice you’re reading now is the team that leads 500 Global’s Southeast Asian activity. We’re hiring in Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia and Philippines as well.
The team vibe can best be described as small tight-knit teams with like-minded comrades in every corner of the world. We’re not confined to being a ‘small shop’, neither are we bureaucratically big. Working with us means you experience the joy of deep collaboration, genuine friendships with the people you work with, the challenge of pioneering the ‘never been done before’, self-directed, high speed work, while having additional global exposure, collaboration and support.
Most of all, we take care of each other as humans first, colleagues second, and prioritize personal rejuvenation and self-care, as much as we prioritize professionalism and self-drive. To us, these are twin turbines towards long-term success.
Who You Are
You are a fellow human being who might not feel like you fit into a ‘large company’, yet you are fueled by a large ambition.
You like working independently, but love having a small team of folks who understand, support and help you grow.
You want to push boundaries, challenge yourself, but still want to dedicate time for rest, relationships, health, and having a fully expressed life outside of your passion for work.
That being said, you fall in love with your work. Your work is a direct expression of your gift to the world. If you’ve felt this flow before, you know the feeling. It feels even better when you’re in a team that feels the same.
Sounds like you? Let’s talk.
“It’s only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential.” – Barack Obama
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