Organized by 500 Startups, Geeks on a Plane (#GOAP) is an invite-only tour for startups, investors, and executives to learn about high-growth technology markets worldwide. We travel by planes, trains, and automobiles to the most exciting international startup scenes with the sole mission of uniting geeks and exploring cross-border opportunities. The result: a lifelong bond with fellow travelers, a wealth of new friends and business contacts in exploding technology markets, and a stronger appreciation for the cultural and economic ties that bind us globally.
MEETINGS WITH WORLD LEADERS
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; Chilean President Sebastian Pinera; Croatian President Ivo Josipovic; U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Earl Anthony Wayne; U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul; U.S. Ambassador to Jordan Stuart E. Jones & more
MEETINGS WITH PRIVATE INDUSTRY LEADERS & GETTING ‘BACKSTAGE’ TOURS OF THEIR CO’S
Baidu, Google, Tencent, Alibaba, Yandex, Mail.ru, Skype, GE, Mercado Libre, Peak Games, eBay & more
STARTUP CONFERENCES, NETWORKING EVENTS & MEETUPS ORGANIZED BY KEY CONNECTORS IN EACH REGION
Tokyo, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Sao Paulo, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, Santiago, Buenos Aires, Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Moscow, Tallinn, Zagreb, Berlin, Istanbul, Tel Aviv, Amman, Dubai & more
Dave McClure is one of the most prolific forces in tech today as the founding partner at 500 Startups, an internet startup seed fund and incubator program based in Mountain View, CA. He likes to hang out with entrepreneurs and occasionally help or invest in their startups, if they are foolish enough to let him.
His passion is helping startups with marketing, product strategy, and startup metrics, and he has been an advisor or investor in more than hundreds of companies including Mint.com (acquired by Intuit), SlideShare, Mashery, TeachStreet, KISSmetrics, Simply Hired, Twilio, Bit.ly, Jambool (acquired by Google), Wildfire Interactive, SendGrid, Crowdflower, and CreditKarma, among others.
Dave has been geeking out in Silicon Valley for over 20 years, and has worked with companies such as PayPal, Mint, Founders Fund, Facebook, LinkedIn, SlideShare, Twilio, Simply Hired, O’Reilly Media, Intel and Microsoft. Dave is also the founder of Startup2Startup, a monthly dinner series for Silicon Valley startup entrepreneurs and investors. He has been a conference organizer for many tech and startup events, including PreMoney, Weapons of Mass Distribution (WMD), Warm Gun, Commercism, Inbox Love, The Lean Startup SXSW, STARTonomics, Graphing Social Patterns, and Web 2.0 Expo (SF). He is also the founder of Geeks On a Plane, which offers invite-only tours of high-growth technology markets worldwide. Dave has been a guest lecturer on social network platforms & applications at Stanford University.
Dave is a board member for microfinance accelerator Unitus, advisor to microfinance lender Kiva.org and co-founder of the Silicon Valley Microfinance Network. An uber-connector and an integral part of Silicon Valley’s eco-system, Dave has been featured on CNBC, as well as in the Wall Street Journal, Time Magazine, The Economist, Forbes, Fortune, Business Week, New York Times, Fast Company, Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Business Insider, TechCrunch, VentureBeat, GigaOm, ReadWriteWeb and countless other publications and blogs.
500 Startups is a Silicon Valley venture capital seed fund & startup accelerator founded by former PayPal & Google alumni. We have ~$200M under management, and have invested in over 1,700 companies in more than 50 countries around the world. Some of our more successful companies include Credit Karma, Twilio, GrabTaxi, Ipsy, Udemy, TalkDesk, Intercom, ToutApp, and Mayvenn. Our largest exits to date are MakerBot ($400M by Stratasys), Wildfire ($350M by Google), and Viki ($200M by Rakuten).
We run accelerator programs in San Francisco and Silicon Valley that emphasize design & user experience, distribution & customer acquisition, and lean startup practices & metrics. Our investment team is comprised of ~100 people who speak ~20 languages and operate in 18 different countries. Our team and mentors have had operational experience at companies such as: PayPal, Google, YouTube, Yahoo, Microsoft, eBay, LinkedIn, Twitter, Apple & Facebook.