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Rui Ma

Rui Ma has her finger on the pulse of tech startups in China. 

At 500 Startups, entrepreneurs get the investment and support they need, and Rui has a keen sense of what’s next. In the last four years, 500 Startups has invested in over 100 women-founded companies. Rui’s personal investment strategy is much like that of the company; she looks for tech startups that show profitability early on, are quick to succeed or fail and are adaptive. In addition to seeking out disruptive technology and the smartest entrepreneurs, she is looking for new ways to increase investment capital and get more women involved: enter the syndicate. Early-stage investments usually range from $25K - $200K, but syndicate backing can quickly double the higher end.

For Rui, it’s not just about the money; it’s also about access, equality and sheer performance. “Of the five largest exits we've had, the second largest had a female CEO and, another, a female founder,” says Rui. “We've consistently found that women make really good management decisions.”

Where investment is concerned, diversity can be a beautiful thing. And this adage can and should apply to the sector itself just as it does a portfolio. Her investments include all kinds of promising tech startups, but Rui is especially proud to launch 500 Women and support female founders and investors through an innovative syndicate that will empower both in their respective roles.
WATCH Rui as she grows 500 Women and uses her experience and intel to better support entrepreneurs using an innovative investment model.

(Photo courtesy of Rui Ma)


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