Y Combinator specializes in funding early-stage start-up companies. They seek to help start-ups mature from ideas to companies. Y Combinator invests mainly in software and web services companies. Each start-up is given $14,000 plus $3,000 per founder (up to three founders). Y Combinator takes positions in their portfolio companies of 5% to 6%. Y Combinator has funded over 500 startups including Scribd, reddit, Airbnb, Dropbox, Disqus and Heroku.
500 Startups focuses on early-stage investments in start-up companies in the consumer Internet and SMB (server message block protocol sectors. The firm is particularly interested in the following areas: (1) financial services and e-Commerce (2) search/social/mobile platforms (3) personal and business productivity (4) education and language (5) family and healthcare (6) web infrastructure and (7) tribbles. Initial investments range from $25,000 to $250,000.
FundersClub focus on seed and early stage companies. The firm invests across a variety of sectors including Ad tech, communications, consumer electronics, data centers, education, financial technology, food & agriculture, gaming, health & medicine, human resources, information security, information technology, legal, manufacturing, material science, music, personal care & services, real estate, retail, social media, transportation & logistics and video.