500 Startups is the world’s most active venture capital firm, based in San Francisco but with >2,000 investments in >60 countries since 2010. 500 Startups Vietnam (“500VN”) is the firm’s fund investing in Vietnam-connected startups. With support from its local partner, 500VN is helping to build the country’s next great tech companies. 500VN has invested in 40 startups since inception, making it Vietnam’s most active VC fund. 500 also advises corporations on innovation strategy, governments on ecosystem development, and other stakeholders on a variety of topics.
500VN is led by SF-based Binh Tran (20+ years in technology; previously co-founder of Klout) and HCMC-based Eddie Thai (10 years in strategy & finance; Harvard, Yale, Forbes 30 Under 30). The team’s efforts have been covered by the Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, Fortune, CCTV (China), NDTV (India), Nikkei, The Korea Herald, Al Jazeera, AFP, and various regional and local outlets. Binh and Eddie are frequently-invited speakers on technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, and education.