500 Adds Super Mentor and Bitcoin Honey Badger to Investment Team

Jess Erickson

February 03, 2014

In case you haven’t heard, we’re now DOUBLING our startup efforts by running simultaneous accelerator programs in Mountain View and San Francisco. It’s gonna be a lot of work (goodbye sleep!), so we decided to convince two crazy people to join the ever-growing 500 Startups team:

Bitcoin Honey Badger


sean bitcoin


First up is Sean Percival, who’s a legit internet badass. He launched his first internet startup in 2006 for a mere $12, then sold it in 2009 at an 835,000% return on investment. He was also the CEO and co-founder of 500 Startups company Wittlebee, and spent some time at MySpace as the VP of Online Marketing.


Remember glitter font? He basically invented that.




Currently, he’s an advisor at Blockchain and the founder of BubbleCoin. Sean’s one of those crypto currency nerds (and a total overachiever), but that’s kinda why we hired him.


As a Venture Partner,  Sean will help us find awesome Bitcoin startups for our accelerator program. Bitcoin is the honey badger of money and 500 is the honey badger of startups, so it’s a perfect match really. Plus, he has really nice hair. We want to learn all his shampooing secrets so we can look half as fabulous as he does.


If you want to hear him talk about glitter font and Bitcoin in person, check him out at our our upcoming Bitcoin unconference on March 20.


Super Mentor




It’s a bird! It’s a plane! Nope, it’s just Marvin Liao, a former 500 Startup Super Mentor who was in our office so often we just assumed he was already working for us full-time. We figured we might as well pay him for being here so much.


Marvin was at Yahoo for more than a decade (we promise we wont let him change our logo) and has worked in Sales, Biz Dev, Ad Operations, and Marketing all around the globe. He also spent 2 years running online marketing at e-commerce startup Alibris.com (now Monsoon Commerce).


As a Venture Partner, he’ll use his x-ray vision to help us find startups for our next 500 batches, and will keep our companies away from kryptonite (aka bad sales and crappy marketing).


Think Marvin and Sean would love your startup? Show ‘em what you got applying for our next batch in Mountain View. Do it here: bit.ly/Getin500 (applications close on Friday February 21 at 11:59PM PST!)


Join us in welcoming them to the team!

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