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Improving founders’ mental health | Matus Maar, Talis Capital

This week, Lloyd delves into entrepreneurship and mental health as he welcomes Talis Capital’s Matus Maar.

As Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Talis, Matus has overseen early-stage investments in such FinTech giants as Onfido, iwoca, PriceFX and many more. Talis is also a leader in mental health amongst VCs. Recently, the firm announced a new initiative that offers mental health support to founders at its portfolio companies.

On this episode, Matus tells Lloyd why Talis is such an unconventional fund, why the company has focused largely on infrastructure investments, and why he avoids investments in consumer P2P lenders. Then they discuss the mental health burdens of founding a company, why support networks are critical and how the pandemic has affected employers’ mental health.

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Episode Highlights:

08:11: How Talis finds cutting edge infrastructure companies

16:12: Why Talis is an unconventional fund

19:15: What Matus loves about venture capital

25:12: Why Talis doesn’t invest in consumer P2P lenders

31:46: The mental health burdens of starting a company

38:32: COVID-19 and mental health

46:40: Why success and unhealthy behaviour are not synonymous

50:09: Lloyd’s advice for founders

54:10: The importance of self-care for founders



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