My 2013 was a whirlwind of a year, and 2014 is already propping itself up with a couple big changes.
First, I recently decided to relocate from NYC to San Francisco. NYC is an amazing city, and I will miss it. Its tech scene is vibrant and growing, its culture and diversity are energizing, and its selection of activities (and food) is unmatched. I remember when I was ready to move from Austin and wasn’t sure if NYC would be the best destination (being a west-coast person at heart). I told myself I’d give it a try for a bit.. 3 years max. It’s been a little over 6 years since then, and each new experience NYC offers still surprised me with delight.
I’m certainly grateful that life brought me to NYC because I wouldn’t be who I am today without it. Thanks to everyone who contributed to my NYC experience. Now is the time for me to make another change in life and take my next course.
Which brings me to my next big change: I’m happy to announce that I’ve joined the 500 Startups team as an Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR). My initial relationship with 500 Startups started back in late 2012 when I became a Mentor (thanks to Gary Chou for the recommendation). Since then, I’ve witnessed first-hand the breadth and depth of the global 500 network, especially when 20% of the portfolio consists of companies from outside of the U.S. For instance, last Nov I joined in on 500’s Geeks On A Plane trip to Istanbul where we met some awesome unheard-of startups that are amazing businesses. It was also there where Dave McClure and I casually chatted about a business idea I had, and where my head was in terms of my next career steps. That conversation eventually turned into serious talks about me helping the 500 team specifically.
Thus, I’ll be helping with our upcoming Accelerator batch (#9) and closely mentoring several of our companies through the program. In parallel, I’ll be defining and shaping the early stages of my next company, the details of which I hope to announce in the near future.
If you are a founder looking for help via an accelerator or investment, give us a holler: http://500.co/
If you are an SF transplant and would fancy chatting about life here, hit me up: @malcolmcasey. A super plus if you’re also a mobile developer or designer interested in music, like I am.