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Talis Capital expands and strengthens investment team


  • Promotion of Matthew De Jesus to Principal

  • Emma Titmus hired from London Stock Exchange Group

  • Beatrice Aliprandi joins as Senior Analyst from Jefferies

  • Appointment of Kirill Tasilov as Analyst

London, UK, 19 December 2018 - Talis Capital is proud to announce the senior promotion of Matthew De Jesus to Principal as well as five new hires to the team recognising the strong performance of the firm and growth of the portfolio.The London based Venture Capital investment firm, backed by a group of ultra successful and strategic high net worth entrepreneurs, has invested more than $500m worth of transactions over the last 10 years. The firm counts some of the most exciting technology companies in it’s portfolio including Darktrace, iwoca, Onfido, Luminance, Pirate Studios, Oh My Green, Threads, Price f(x) & Omni:us to name just a few.

The appointments help to strengthen the firm as it continues to see growth across it’s portfolio and further pipeline opportunities. Keenly focused on diversity the new hires bring a range of experience from different backgrounds and have already brought a huge amount of energy, passion and enthusiasm into the HQ in Wimbledon. 

Matthew De Jesus has been promoted to Principal following five years with Talis Capital, he sits on the boards of Pirate Studios and Luminance and has a BSc (Hons) Economics from LSE. Emma Titmus joins Talis as Head of IR & Marketing from London Stock Exchange Group where she spent six years supporting private and public companies with their capital raising strategies. Beatrice Aliprandi & Kirill Tasilov appointed as Senior Analyst & Analyst respectively; Beatrice joins after three years with Jefferies in TMT investment banking and Kirill previously worked as an Analyst at UBS in Hong Kong.

The team has also added two Investment Executives, Scott Fransen and Davide Richardson to support the investment team. Now a 12-strong firm, Talis has more than 40 companies in it’s portfolio from the UK, Europe and USA and continues to focus on Late Seed, Series A and Series B investments.

Matus Maar, Managing Partner, Talis Capital

“We congratulate Matthew on his well-earned promotion to Principal and welcome our new strategic team members into the team. As we grow the firm, it is critical to bring with it new perspectives and a range of backgrounds to enable us to execute on the ever increasing and exciting deal flow we’re seeing - and to give the right support to our existing companies. Just this year we’ve already participated in more than 10 deals raising over $110m and are excited to see where we can go next.”

Vasile Foca, Managing Partner, Talis Capital

Originally founded in 2009 from a small family office, Talis Capital has evolved significantly over the last 10 years to become one of the leading venture capital investment firms in London today. As we approach our tenth anniversary next year, which is an important milestone, it’s only natural for us to think about the decade ahead and to onboard the right talent to take Talis to the next level.”

The team have been busy and this news follows recent deal announcements just in H2 2018 including Omni:us, Edge Intelligence, The Learning People, Oh My Green and most recently their $20m investment into Pirate Studios.

Thought leaders in an ever changing world brings an evolutionary approach to prospective investment sectors of interest which most recently include; Cyber Security, Fintech, Data, IoT, Healthcare Tech, frontier Consumer, and Food/Agritech. The firm’s connected network offers it’s portfolio and the wider ecosystem an opportunity to come together to share thoughts, idea and future trends – as an example Talis recently hosted a PropTech conference for 250 guests to share how technology is transforming the real estate sector.



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About Talis Capital

Talis Capital is a unique Venture Capital investment firm funded by a group of ultra successful and strategic high net worth entrepreneurs. Focused on backing emerging software technologies, Talis has completed over $500m worth of transactions since 2009 and the portfolio includes Darktrace, Onfido, iwoca, Pirate Studios, Luminance, Threads, Oh My Green to name just a few. Talis concentrates on building long term partnerships and leverages their exclusive investor network to create opportunity. The team looks for innovative high growth companies with sector defining ventures and sustainable business models.


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Talis Capital is Hiring

After a record number of investments in 2017 and a huge growth year for Talis’ portfolio, the team is looking to bring on board a new Associate. As Talis continues to increase its AUM and number of investments in its portfolio, the team now needs additional resource to help execute new investments and manage the portfolio.

Talis Capital is an early-stage VC (Series A & B focus) that supports industry-changing and leading technology companies. Talis’ portfolio includes some of the most exciting European start-ups such as Darktrace (led Series A), Onfido (Series B & C), iwoca (sole Seed) and Pirate Studios (incubated, sole Seed & Series A) - as well as sort-after early-stage companies including Luminance and Price f/x. Talis closed over $400m of deals since 2009 and mostly leads 5-10 new investments per year, on top of number of follow-ons from their existing 40+ growing portfolio.   

The Talis team identifies and invests in both technology and tech-leveraged real businesses and has a unique perspective from its hybrid approach to private equity & venture capital. Talis only supports sustainable business models with high calibre founding teams and has a sharp focus on a handful of B2B themes (including AI leveraged cyber security, financial services, insurance-tech, prop-tech and IoT).

At Talis we also incubate / build own companies. Pirate Studios, Skwire & Learning People are just some of them and the Associate will have hands on entrepreneurial experience building these or new companies.

Associate Position

We are looking for a talented individual to join Talis where you will; gain great exposure to the European and US tech ecosystem, meet exiting new start-ups, track some of the fastest growing tech companies and work side-by-side with the Partners to find new opportunities and execute on them from origination to close.

You will

  • Take a leading role in investing and managing venture investments (typical investments range from £1-10m from Series A-B

  • Responsible for identifying investment opportunities, preparing investment recommendations, taking meetings, undertaking extensive due diligence and financial modelling

  • Contribute to all aspects of deal flow, from own initiative sourcing to initial evaluation of potential investments to assisting with deal execution and closing.

  • Provide detailed company and sector research and analysis.

  • Monitor post-investment activities such as keeping up-to-date on portfolio performance

  • Board representations experience

  • Conduct research for marketing, deal sourcing and fund raising


  • Graduated from a top tier university

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience in a relevant industry (Investment Banking, Investment Consulting, M&A/Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Venture Capital).

  • Solid financial and business modelling skills

  • Great presentational skills

  • A self-starter.

  • Good transactional experience.

  • Strong analytical abilities.

  • Strong communication skills.

  • Ability to work independently & in a start-up environment.

  • Keen interest in technology and start-ups.


  • You will be joining a dynamic and entrepreneurial team, friendly and non-hierarchical.

  • You will get a chance to interact with the most exciting technology entrepreneurs, companies and investors, and be at the forefront of tech innovation

  • You will get a chance to attend technology conferences and start-up networking events

  • Free personal trainer team sessions 3x a week at midday

  • Team offsites 2x a year (latest were ski trip in Megeve chalet and villa in Ibiza)

  • Market competitive salary and bonus.

  • Fast track carry opportunity for the right candidates.

Apply for the job by sending a cover letter and your CV to


Talis Graduate Scheme 2017/18

Talis Capital is an early-stage VC that supports industry-changing and leading technology companies. Talis’ portfolio includes some of the most exciting European startups such as Darktrace, Onfido, iwoca and Pirate Studios - as well as sort-after early-stage companies including Luminance and price f/x.  The Talis team identifies and invests in both technology and tech-leveraged real businesses and has a unique perspective from its hybrid approach to private equity & venture capital. Talis only supports sustainable business models with high calibre founding teams and has a sharp focus on a handful of B2B themes (including cyber security, financial services, and B2B BI & SaaS)

Every year we have a graduate-scheme place for an outstanding candidate to work alongside the investment team at Talis Capital. We have a structured 6-9-month program that will give you an all-round experience of VC investing.

We’re looking for a highly-motivated and talented individual, post degree, to join our technology investment team in London. You must have a passion for technology and startups and have a good balance of hard skills as well as creativity.

You will

  • Work directly with the investment team to research and evaluate potential investments

  • Build expertise in themes of interest within technology sectors (e.g. cyber security. fintech, proptech)

  • Be involved in the investment process (supporting the team with commercial due diligence)

  • Research markets and the startup landscapes and identify the key companies, and events in these sectors

  • Work with and help support portfolio companies


  • Graduated from a top tier university

  • Excellent academic record and strong analytical abilities

  • An ability to build and maintain good relationships with colleagues, partners and entrepreneurs

Apply for the job

If you're in­ter­ested to be con­sid­ered for the Graduate-Scheme Pro­gram, then please send your CV to with a 300-word text on what recent vc investment interested you and why.

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