SG Kyiv - 500 Startups: Teams, Metrics, and Investments

The first meeting of this fall was with Marvin Liao. This time we got a perspective of the Investor and Partner at 500 Startups.

Who’s Marvin Liao?

Marvin is a Partner at 500 Startups, a global Seed Venture Capital Firm & Startup Accelerator based in Silicon Valley. He invests in Digital Media, Enterprise SAAS, Marketplace, Fintech, Adtech, Digital Health, Internet of Things & Mobile startups across the globe.

Formerly of Yahoo! Inc. (10.5 years), Marvin Liao has held executive management roles in the various departments of Sales, Business Development, Ad Operations and Marketing & ran online marketing at a venture capital funded ecommerce start-up prior to that. He also serves on the boards/advisory boards of several internet advertising and ad technology companies.

In addition, he is a Mentor for several Startup Accelerator programs in Europe, Asia, Israel and the US, helping guide startup teams with their sales, marketing and partner development efforts.

What this Fireside Chat is about?

- Startup World after Big Company career

- What 500 Startups is looking for

- Why Team is so important

- Defining metrics and focus

- When is it the right time for fundraising?

- Redflags and most common struggles

- Is Kyiv really a «new Berlin»?
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