I learned a very important lesson in this episode. I learned that no matter what you've already achieved in your life, no matter how busy you are and how many other more important things you think you might have to do, the most important thing is to never stand still. To keep on learning. To keep working on yourself. To keep getting better. No matter what..
Thanks for teaching me this and many other very valuable lessons, Marvin.
Marvin Liao must be among the busiest people on this planet. He's partner at 500 Startups, one of the world's most active accelerators and seed funds in the Bay Area, he's mentor at 20 accelerators and board member at 8 companies.
His side hustle (as he calls it) is to advise companies in their series B, C and D rounds..
But not only that. Marvin still seems to find the time to read at least for an hour or two every day. Aaaaaand he found the time to come on the show. How awesome is that?
We talk about a whole bunch of stuff during this one hour long episode. I have to apologize upfront, the sound quality is poor. I got disconnected a few times..
Still, the content and wisdom Marvin shares on this episode makes it a very inspiring, interesting and motivational piece of art.
We talk about how Marvin gets that much stuff done.
How his daily routine looks like.
How he was fired from his job, went down to his last 500 bucks before he got his job at Yahoo.
What he learned working at Yahoo for ten years.
How he started and blew quite some money on angel investing.
How he got in touch with the 500 Startups posse and how he turned from mentor to partner.
What he does to get ahead in life and what he thinks everybody else should do to get ahead.
How to invest your time and money.
The differences between Silicon Valley and Europe (and a possible future).
What KPIs and what traction 500 Startups is looking for when they invest in a company.
The books Marvin is currently reading. Oh boy and Marvin reads a lot...
And a hell lot of other stuff.
Marvin is a great and very humble guy you could easily hang out with and have a beer or two. He really takes life long learning to an entire new level.
Thanks again for taking the time and coming on the show, Marvin! I had a blast..
A few books Marvin is currently reading (it's too many to list them all!):
Cool things to check out:
"It's not about being perfect. It's about being yourself."
I call interesting people from all over the world, hit the record button, we talk about their stories and I put it online.
Simple, raw & uncut..