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Marvin Liao


An Investor, executive coach and ex-Operator. Marvin is a Partner at Diaspora VC & Board Member/Partner at GameGroove Capital. He was formerly a Partner at Venture Capital Fund 500 Startups, running the SF based accelerator program as well as investing in Seed stage startups. He Invests in Digital Media, Enterprise SAAS, Marketplace, Mobile, AdTech/MarketingTech, Digital Health, Internet of Things & Fintech startups. He invested in & worked with over 414 Pre-seed & Seed stage startups such as Embroker, Eaze, Aircall, Manychat, Shippo, RapidAPI, Worthix, Indio, Pipefy, Innovacer, Vela, Apostrophe, AgFunder, Printify, Whereto, Qualio, PlateIQ, Avanoo, Zentist, Stackshare, Shortpoint, MonkeyLearn & Cube.js (aka Statsbot) among many others during his tenure there.

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.

He has P&L management experience and most recently was responsible for 100% YoY revenue growth while running a business unit and building new sales channels in EMEA & the Emerging Markets regions for the last ~4 years at Yahoo!. A 10.5 year veteran of Yahoo! Inc., Marvin has held executive roles in the various departments of Sales, Business Development, Ad Operations and Marketing. Most of his roles were regional or global management roles giving him extensive experience across Asia, Europe, Latin America and the United States in his career at the company. Marvin presently serves on the Investment Committee/Advisory boards of several Venture Capital Funds across the globe. Marvin is a frequent speaker at many Digital Marketing & Tech Startup Conferences.

Industry Expertise

EdTech, FinTech, Enterprise Software, AdTech, Sales, Corporate Venture, Mobile Apps

Marvin Liao
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