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Hi, I'm Pedro Sorren. I'm a venture capitalist, author, and entrepreneur. My life's mission is to help founders and investors achieve greatness faster.

Listen to Marvin Liao (GAMEGROOVE) on Inevitable Podcast

Inevitable Podcast

In this episode, I have a chat with Marvin Liao, partner at GAMEGROOVE Capital, an LA-based video game holding company. They manage products with +140 million users worldwide, with offices in the U.S. and Europe. You can listen to this podcast on Youtube, Spotify, and other podcast apps.

Before GAMEGROOVE Capital, Marvin was an investor and partner at the Venture Capital Fund 500 Startups. He invested in more than 400 pre-seed and seed-stage startups such as Pipefy, Shippo, RapidAPI, Manychat, along with many other relevant startups. Over 21 years of experience in the Valley, Marvin was also a senior executive in Yahoo. He helped the company find opportunities in Emerging Markets and grow revenues 100% YoY for 10+ years.

During this episode, Marvin shares his strong opinions on how the tech ecosystem and Silicon Valley have changed over the years. He shares his ideas from investment vehicles to the new breed of tech founders, and how COVID has affected the way we build and invest in new products.

In our conversation I ask Marvin:

  • You did phenomenal work on 500 Startups, During that 6-year time, you did 414 pre-seed and seed investments in different startups. What's your point of view on the accelerator model as an investment vehicle?
  • What do you think is going to emerge of the new type of founders you have seen during the pandemic?
  • You describe yourself as a voracious reader and have mentioned that you have many books. How do you organize your reading habit?

I hope you enjoy the episode and hit me up to share your favorite insights from the episode.

Listen to Rodrigo Teijeiro (RecargaPay) on Inevitable Podcast

Inevitable Podcast

In today's episode, I chat with Rodrigo Teijeiro, founder of RecargaPay, a leading mobile payments fintech in Brazil that has reached more than 3,5 million monthly active users. You can listen to it on YouTube, Spotify, and other podcast apps.

RecargaPay was founded in 2010 and has more than 300 employees in offices in Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, and Miami. It is currently EBITDA positive, with a revenue run rate of over $50M. They recently raised a $70M Series C round, adding up to a total of $100M in funding. Their investors include Miami-based Fuel Venture Capital, Madrid-based IDC Ventures, ATW Partners, Venture City, FundersClub, and many others.

During the episode, we discussed Rodrigo's trajectory until the creation of RecargaPay, his lessons since the early days of being an internet entrepreneur, and the ethos of Miami in the latest months.

I also asked Rodrigo:

  • In 2002, you achieved US$10MM in yearly revenue from TarjetasTelefonicas.com (known as Cloncom.com in the US market), a telecommunications company that offered a wide range of products such as prepaid calling cards, pinless and rechargeable cards, PC to phone services, and prepaid wireless cards. How was your experience being a second-time founder while you were still young?
  • You've been on both sides of the table. You sold companies like Sonico, and you also bought Cupónica.com, a coupon site that offered daily deals to its customers. How did the experience of buying a company influence your experience selling one?
  • What's the difference between building a business in Argentina, Brazil, and Miami?

I hope you enjoy the episode and hit me up to share your favorite insights from the episode.

Crush the enemy with focus and determination

Self-Improvement
"I saw the enemy. The enemy is us."

— Pogo

When you are silent, it speaks.

What is your ultimate mission?

Integrate with divine creation so purposeful volition can blossom your success.

As you impact multiple people, remember to organize, plan, listen and execute.

God is generous for those that connect.

Heal the sorrows as you shine light from Spirit.

Discarding what no longer serves you for the ultimate connection

"Love lights the soul that wants to love."

— Manoel Philomeno de Miranda via Divaldo Franco