In an interview just after Demo Day, McClure talks about the perfect formula for a startup: (hacker + hustler + designer) and why the three Ds — Design, Data and Distribution — are important for young companies. He says that the fund basically makes its $25K to $250K bets on companies with simple revenue models. “Things that are easily understood and make money.” He compares the 500 Startups to baseball:
If Sequoia’s the Yankees, we’re the Oakland A’s
A reference to Michael Lewis’ Moneyball, a book that chronicles the unexpected success of underdog Oakland A’s because of their strategic building of a winning team.