Ready to Raise: What Makes Investors Tick

In this session with Marvin Liao of 500 Startups, we'll take a closer look at the various types of investors (i.e., angels, family offices, VCs), and how they differ from one another. We'll also learn how VCs are typically structured (GPs vs. LPs, hierarchy within the firm), and how they approach building their portfolio in terms of stage and industry focus. Lastly, we'll analyze their typical decision-making process (thesis-driven vs. opportunistic) and how the workings of investor math affect your business.

About the Mentor
Marvin was formerly a Partner at Venture Capital Fund 500 Startups, running the SF based accelerator program as well as investing in Seed stage start ups. He Invests in Digital Media, Enterprise SAAS, Marketplace, Mobile, AdTech/MarketingTech, Digital Health, Internet of Things & Fintech startups. Previously an experienced client-facing senior executive in the media and technology space in both large and start up growth companies, having managed large multifunctional teams across multiple countries.

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