About 500 Startups

With over 1,500 investments in more than 50 countries, 500 Startups is currently the most active seed investor in Silicon Valley, and the world. The firm was founded in 2010 by Dave McClure, a veteran investor formerly at Peter Thiel’s Founders Fund and PayPal. The 500 portfolio includes billion dollar companies like Twilio, GrabTaxi, and Credit Karma, as well as other winners like Viki (acquired by Rakuten), MakerBot (acquired by Stratasys), Wildfire (acquired by Google), and Sunrise (acquired by Microsoft).

Find out more about 500 Startups on our main website.


We are looking for an intern to join our crew at 500 Startups Japan. This is the perfect opportunity for anyone looking to start a company or break into venture capital. But it IS competitive, so please spend time on your application! It should be crystal clear why we should hire you over the other candidates. 

In your email, please include:

  1. Dropbox or similar link with your resume and well thought out blurb about why you are the right person for the job
  2. Links to Japanese writing samples
  3. Links to your social media presence

Here’s what you get when you work with us:

  • Opportunities to interact with executives and pioneers in the technology industry.
  • Learn about the latest trends that will transform industries and people’s lives over the next 5 – 20 years.
  • Flexible work environment. We don’t care about how many hours you work. As long as you deliver results.
  • Work in a truly global organization. Our team of 120+ people live in 20 countries and speak over 20 languages.

The responsibilities of the Intern will include:

  • Conducting ad-hoc research into the latest technology trends and startups
  • Helping us deliver high-quality, useful content to the Japanese startup community
  • Working with the Partners to manage relationships with founders, limited partners, and 500 supporters
  • Introducing us to all your brilliant friends that are starting companies
  • Being readily available within reason, including off-hours

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Demonstrated passion for startups and technology
  • Excellent Japanese writing skills (preferably experience writing for a blog or other media)
  • Uncanny analytical ability
  • Bilingual fluency in Japanese (Native) and English
  • Ability to pick up and start using new tools quickly
  • Comfortable in a flat, fast-paced organization

We are not flexible when it comes to cultural fit. It is very important to us that candidates share our passion for startups, technology, and the transformational potential both have for the future of Japan.

If you think you might be a good fit for this position, please get in touch.

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