Angel: Christine Tsai


Christine Tsai, Co-founder & Managing Partner of 500 Startups, who shares lessons from her fund's 10 unicorns and 2200+ startups across 74 countries, talks about what it takes to be a successful founder, achieving a 26% women-led portfolio, greatest hits/misses, and strong leadership through adversity.

0:01 - Jason welcomes the audience to season 3 of Angel.
1:39 - Jason explains how angel investing works, introduces Christine Tsai, Co-founder & Managing Partner of 500 Startups, and she talks about her professional journey.
11:20 - Jason thanks sponsor LinkedIn. Go to and get a $50 credit toward your first job post.
13:23 - Origins of 500 Startups, meeting her co-founder Dave McClure, parting ways with Dave while continuing and strengthening 500 Startups' mission.
27:51 - Jason thanks sponsor Embroker. For guaranteed 10% off on premiums (& up to 20% depending on quote) go to
29:43 - Christine talks about how 500 Startups is able to attract women-led startups, and what makes a successful founder.
42:06 - What should angel investors look at when going into demo days, and what should the process be?
49:34 - Christine reveals her favorite questions to ask founders and companies that she has passed up.
54:06 - The two talk about current negative feelings towards Silicon Valley and tech companies.

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