Bedy Yang is Managing Partner at 500 Startups. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, 500 Startups is a global, early stage tech VC fund that manages +$350M AuM in +1,800 investments around the world. In addition to being the most active global seed investor, 500 Startups runs a series of ecosystem-development programs to help the portfolio companies thrive. These include investor education, accelerator programs, corporate startup innovation, mentor sessions, and community-building events; all of which are under Bedy’s leadership.
Bedy joined 500 Startups in the early days in order to pilot international investments and 6 years later, the fund has done investments in over 60 countries. Today, Bedy focus her investments in Latin America and Southern Europe and spend a lot of her time on investor education programs in partnership with Stanford, INSEAD and Berkeley and is passionate about unlocking Silicon Valley and developing ecosystems around the world.
Founder of +INNOVATORS, Bedy created an organization that has become the epicenter and resource for Brazilian tech founders with a network of over 10,000 people. Prior to starting her career in tech, she worked with income generation for women in tribes in Brazil and South-West China and consulted for global companies on go-to-market strategies to Brazil.
Bedy obtained her BA at Fundação Getúlio Vargas and she holds an MLA from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a member of Class 17 of the Kauffman Fellowship Program where she was recognized with a leadership award. Bedy is fluent in 4 languages: Portuguese, English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.