The Story So Far.
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. And now, we are staring at the 240+ startups we funded, and a phone screen full of the most used apps that shape our society.
Some of them are $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.
Recently, COVID-19 made that very clear to us that our future needs rebuilding. We're betting that these startups will get that done.
Oh, you may have guessed by now we are a venture capital firm. We call ourselves 500 Startups. Founded in Silicon Valley, our firm has invested in 2,500 startups in 78 countries. The $1B+ unicorns? We've 19 of them at the time of writing. We're writing from the team that led the Southeast Asian activity, backing unicorns like Grab and Bukalapak. But there's more to changing the world than unicorns. This is why, we're not stopping there.
A personal note from the General Partners of 500 Southeast Asia (500 Durians), Vishal & Khailee, 25th September, 2020.
Startups are a gruelling sport. Giving founders in Southeast Asia the capital and connections is the start. But we want them (and their teams) to have the best tools, mental strength and support systems. We need to be doing all this in ways that are profitable to our investors. We've also been working on ESG, connecting impact investors to the region, leveraging data, publishing original research, government and corporate engagement, and building our own tech to be efficient in doing so. Yes, we know that's a lot of work!
This is why we're starting with building the deepest team stack in Malaysia and Singapore we can possibly build. We're building this to serve our startups better. So they can in turn, define the decade to come.
If what you've read so far doesn't scare you, read on.
We are looking for fellow human beings who tend to fall in love with their work. If you've felt this before, you know the feeling. It feels even better when you're in a team that feels the same.
Know someone like that? Share this page with them. Or, maybe that person is you? In any case, we hope you find what you're about to read interesting, as we make the choices today to define the next decade.
Vishal Harnal & Khailee Ng
500 Startups Southeast Asia a.k.a 500 Durians
Which position describes the work you love the most?
Capital Formation (SG)
Associate or manager level or above, with transferable or proven experience.
We have sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, pensions, multi-nationals, ultra high net worth individuals, family offices and some very influential folks entrusting us with their capital. You are a magnet for that capital. You strategise, organise, and execute the increase in our assets under management. This means you'll pick up that phone, take the meetings, wine, dine (over Zoom as well), and convey our proposition to the right people. You'll work directly with the General Partners.
Click here to apply for this role.
We got the whole top floor in Menara Etiqa, the newest building in Bangsar, connected to the Bangsar LRT station.
Capital Tower, Tanjong Pagar. It's in a great location, close to just about everything. Even by Singaporean standards.
We have been working from kitchens, living rooms, and with video off, way before Zoom had fancy virtual background images to hide our home clutter. You can bet you can attend a conference call or two in pajamas. Pic: https://unsplash.com/@wordsmithmedia
See our portfolio companies making the news, daily. See some of their faces. Watch our Inside Indonesia series. See our general partners in action via Khailee's recent speaking and writing, Vishal's LinkedIn, or our original research on SE Asia startups vs Covid-19, translated in 4 different languages. Learn about 500's global infrastructure, our ESG starting point, upcoming VC education program with Stanford, or how we work with governments and corporations on their future. You might spend hours on this! Is that too much? It depends if you're researching for a quick gig, or a decade of work you love. Take your time. Stalk us to the bone. Then come back to see if you're still into the open positions that are available right now.