Christine Tsai

Founding Partner

Christine Tsai is the Founding Partner and CEO at 500 Startups. Christine worked at Google and YouTube for many years in product marketing for monetization and developer platforms, as well as leading Google I/O.

Marvin Liao


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 Younis


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 Arora


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 Fram-Schwartz

Venture Partner

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.

Rebecca Woodcock

Entrepreneur In Residence

Rebecca is an Entrepreneur in Residence (EIR) at 500 Startups, where she manages the digital health track. Previously she founded (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 Riney


James co-founded the “ of Japan” before covering venture investments for DeNA, based in Tokyo. He now heads the 500 Startups Japan fund.

Yohei Sawayama

Venture Partner

Just a nuclear engineer turned hacker turned banker turned researcher turned venture capitalist. Yohei sources deals and wins hackathons over at 500 Japan.

Mat Johnson


Mat helps startups through customer acquisition, metrics and testing, and previously worked at General Assembly, Charles River Ventures, Grockit and Socrata.

Matt Ellsworth

Distrobution Partner

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 Onur


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 Chu

Distribution Hacker in Residence

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 Ammineni

Distribution Partner

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 Chae


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 Fritjofsson

Entrepreneur In Residence

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.