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Building the team at Talis Capital - two new team members and two key promotions.

July 2019, UK (London)

Talis Capital are thrilled to announce the addition of two new strategic hires! We welcome, to the growing team, Mike Tucker as Financial Controller, and Emily Wood as Project Manager and EA to the Partners.

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Mike joins from Pacific Investments - a multi-asset diversified investment group where he was FC, prior to this he was a chartered accountant at KPMG and is a CFA Charterholder. Emily joins Talis from OVO Energy where she was Assistant Chief of Staff, she also project managed the build out OVO’s new business unit, VCharge – prior to that Emily was a self-employed business consultant supporting a number of high growth startups. Their roles offer both internal structure and direction as well as key support to our portfolio companies.

We have bolstered the team significantly over the last 12-18 months, to bring the team to 14 in total which is reflective of the continued growth of Talis. This year is an important milestone as we celebrate “Talis at Ten”, our 10th anniversary. Founded in 2009, we’ve completed more than $600m of transactions, have more than 45 companies in the portfolio: now deploying up to $100m each year, we invest in technology companies of the future, across our funds and company-specific special purpose vehicles (SPVs).

“Our new team members, Mike and Emily, have already proven to be a perfect addition to our small, highly-driven and fun collective. Adding these strategic functions across finance and project management means that we can be even more efficient and pro-active both internally as well as supporting our portfolio companies.” Matus Maar, Co Founder & Managing Partner, Talis Capital.

As well as new hires we are very proud to announce two well-deserved promotions for team members that have made a significant contribution to the firm– Beatrice Aliprandi is promoted to Senior Associate and Kirill Tasilov to Associate. Beatrice originally joined Talis in 2018 from Jefferies TMT Investment Banking team and has since been involved in investments including; Import.io, The Plum Guide, Medbelle & Ynsect which she continues to assist. Kirill also joined in 2018, after founding an adtech startup and working at UBS in Hong Kong. He is an Observer or is actively involved with Oh My Green, Zyper, Artemis & Edge Intelligence. It’s important to us to ensure the development of the team - growing in experience and building expertise – congratulations to both Beatrice and Kirill on their achievements so far! 

“These two incredibly well deserved promotions are a testament to the hard work, dedication and leadership shown on recent deals led by Beatrice and Kirill. Over the last 18 months or so we’ve seen both of them flourish and are delighted to be able to recognise that – we look forward to seeing them go from strength to strength.” Vasile Foca, Co Founder & Managing Partner, Talis Capital.

As we welcome new hires and congratulate our colleagues on their promotions- we are also excited to offer a new opportunity to the right candidate as an analyst position opens-up in the team!

We’re looking for a like-minded bright spark to join us and have recently spent some time to crystallise how we communicate our vision, mission and values to our entrepreneurial community.

Vision: To find, fund and support the world’s most ambitious entrepreneurs. 

Mission: We seek entrepreneurs and ideas that we can be passionate about. Once we’re aligned, we will work relentlessly for our companies with high energy, speed, flexibility and conviction to help entrepreneurs succeed in their mission. We actively leverage our unique entrepreneurial community to make this happen.  

Values: We are a small, highly driven and fun collective of inquisitive individuals and entrepreneurs. We are passionate and disciplined risk takers. We have an experienced and straight-talking approach to building the companies of tomorrow.

We feel genuinely privileged to work alongside our entrepreneurs and our investors – who inspire us every day with their global ambitions. We have found and funded companies in cyber security, insurance, data & IoT, Proptech, Digital Health, Consumer, Food & Agtech as well as Fintech. We look for established companies at the Series A and B stage and are committed to finding the next generation of entrepreneurs to support over the next ten years too.

Take a look at our last 10 years - watch the video here!

 

Talis Capital Is Hiring

After a record number of investments in 2018 and a huge growth year for Talis’ portfolio, the team is looking to bring on board a new Analyst to join the London-based team. As Talis continues to increase AUA and the number of investments in its portfolio, the team now needs an additional resource to help execute new investments and manage the portfolio.

Talis Capital is an early-stage VC (Series A & B focus) that takes smart money from successful entrepreneurs and business people to back industry-changing technology companies with global potential. Talis’ portfolio includes some of the most exciting and fastest growing companies in the market such as Darktrace (led Series A), Onfido (Series B & C), iwoca (sole Seed) and Pirate Studios (incubated, sole Seed & Series A) - as well as sought-after companies with global potential including Luminance, Ynsect, The Plum Guide, import.io and Zyper.

Since 2009, Talis have completed over $600m worth of transactions and mostly leads 8-10 new investments per year, on top of a number of follow-ons from their existing 40+ growing portfolio. The Talis team identifies and invests in both tech-led and tech-enabled real businesses and has a unique approach to finding, funding and supporting companies of the future.

Talis only supports sustainable business models with high calibre founding teams. The investment team immerse themselves in sub verticals which are emerging from macro technology trends - this allows for a highly focused and opportunistic approach to securing investment in unique opportunities. Over the last decade the team has invested in a range of verticals including AI leveraged Cyber Security, Financial Services, Insur-tech, Data and IoT. Future themes for the latest fund include Prop-tech, Food & Agri tech, Digital Health and Content-to-Consumer.

Talis also incubates and builds companies from the ground up: examples include Pirate Studios, Skwire & Learning People and all members of the team will have hands on entrepreneurial experience building these or new companies.

Our Vision:

To find, fund and support the world’s most ambitious entrepreneurs.

Our Mission:

We seek entrepreneurs and ideas that we can be passionate about. Once we’re aligned, we will work relentlessly for our companies with high energy, speed, flexibility and conviction to help entrepreneurs succeed in their mission. We actively leverage our unique entrepreneurial community to make this happen. 

Our Values:

 We are a small, highly driven and fun collective of inquisitive individuals and entrepreneurs. 

We are passionate and disciplined risk takers.

We have an experienced and straight talking approach to building the companies of tomorrow.

Analyst Position

We are looking for a talented and high-calibre individual to join Talis where you will; gain great exposure to the global tech ecosystem, meet exciting new start-ups, track some of the fastest growing tech companies and work side-by-side with the Partners and Investment Team 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 building a name for yourself in the marketplace and sharing your insights with the network

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

  • Board representations experience

  • Conduct research for marketing, deal sourcing and fundraising

Qualifications

  • Graduated from a top tier university

  • Minimum 1-2 years’ experience in a relevant industry (Investment Banking, Consulting, Corporate Finance, Private Equity, Venture Capital)

  • Highly quantitative, proficient in financial analysis and business modelling

  • Great communication skills (both written and oral) including the ability to prepare and deliver presentations and speak publicly

  • Strong analytical abilities

  • A driven self-starter, with ability to work independently & in a start-up environment

  • Demonstrable interest and curiosity in the global tech ecosystem

Benefits

  • 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

  • Market competitive salary and bonus

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

  • Team offsites 2x a year

Apply for the job by sending a cover letter and your CV to hiring@taliscapital.com

TALIS CAPITAL, THE VC FIRM FOR ULTRA SUCCESSFUL ENTREPRENEURS, NOW DEPLOYING $100M PER YEAR

  • Record year for Talis Capital as it is now investing $100m of funds a year 

  • Talis helps successful entrepreneurs from all sectors invest in the next generation of tech startups and unicorns 

  • Total assets under advisory have increased by 220% in five years

  • Talis is a generalist technology VC and focus areas for 2019 include data, food/agritech, digital health and consumer

London, 27 June 2019 — Talis Capital, the venture capital investment firm that was an early investor in Darktrace, Pirate Studios, Luminance and iwoca, has raised a record $100m for 2019 as it celebrates a decade of successful investing in technology companies on behalf of its entrepreneurial investor base.

The latest raise catapults Talis Capital’s total transactions over 10 years to more than $600m, as it seeks to invest in the fast-growing tech companies that are disrupting established sectors, including food and farming, consumer and healthcare. 

Increasingly entrepreneurs from outside the tech sector want to invest in the companies of the future but need help to access the sector-defining deals that are creating some of the world’s fastest-growing tech companies. Talis, which blends the speed and flexibility of having a private investor base with the experience and networks of a venture capital fund, has seen its total assets under advisory increase by 220% in five years. 

It favours companies that are at an early stage in their growth but have long-term global potential and its track record includes fast-growing tech companies such as Darktrace, Onfido, iwoca, Pirate Studios, Luminance, and Clausematch. In the past 12 months alone, Talis has invested in Pricefx, Beyond, Edge Intelligence, Insurdata,The Learning People, Import.io, Omni:us, Oh My Green, The Plum Guide, Ynsect, Medbelle, Artemis, Zyper and others.

Matus Maar, Managing Partner & Co-Founder of Talis Capital: “The strength of our approach is based on two things: first we can move quickly to make decisions because our structure allows us to be agile, flexible and competitive in the fundraising process. Secondly, the investors who back us have had significant business success in their own right and they are prepared to leverage their networks to help our portfolio grow. We’ve consciously backed companies with the global potential to transform traditional industries significantly, using a technology-led or technology-enabled approach.”  

A DIFFERENT INVESTMENT MODEL

Founded in 2009, Talis was born out of Bob and Rohini Finch’s family office but quickly extended to include some of London and the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and ultra high net worth individuals, drawn from financial services, telecoms, commodities, industrials, leisure, retail, and real estate. The fund, run alongside the Finches by partners Vasile Foca and Matus Maar, raises money every year from its investor base and is achieving a run rate of 42% annual IRR and average 5x money multiple, by investing in technology-led and technology-enabled companies that are transforming established sectors. 

Talis’s team has skills and experience in building companies from concept stage right through to larger businesses. By investing across stages, from late seed to Series C, Talis has forged connections right across the tech sector and invests alongside some of the world’s biggest venture capital funds.

Investors participate in an annual vintage fund, but are also invited to double down on companies they particularly like by taking part in special purpose vehicles (SPVs), where Talis has secured a larger than normal allocation.

Vasile Foca, Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Talis Capital, said: “The investors we work closely with want to back the next generation of innovators and disruptors. We can show them how to do that, and at an early enough stage when they can really make a difference. One of the reasons why we are successful is because we seek entrepreneurs and ideas that we can be passionate about and can leverage this passion and conviction with our LPs. Talis Capital has its roots in a family office, but has grown to incorporate over 30 individuals and families to offer a gateway to the best of the European venture capital scene.”

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TALIS INTO 2020

Talis’s investments in the past year range from Luminance, an AI platform for the legal profession, to Oh My Green, a healthy food caterer to businesses. Other investments include cutting-edge cultivation management for farmers, Artemis, and the world’s first digital hospital, Medbelle.

In the year ahead, the company is looking to continue to invest along key themes, where it has conducted in-depth research and established expertise. These themes include data, insurtech and proptech. New areas of focus include:

  • ‘content to commerce’ - a category that encompasses bringing data-driven content to the consumer through innovative forms of publishing and media;

  • Digital healthcare - using innovation and technology to evolve the patient journey from diet and wellbeing through diagnosis to treatment and aftercare

  • Sustainable food and farming - tackling the global sustainability crisis - a category where it has recently participated in a $125m series C investment in insect protein farming company, Ynsect.

AI, deep learning, and automation technologies are increasingly important applications, and many of Talis’s portfolio companies incorporate aspects of this technology (e.g. Pirate Studios and iwoca). However, Talis is also keen on hybrid investments that straddle the analogue and the tech world. In the case of Pirate Studios, the business has physical studios which are booked and managed online. Musicians and artists can use Pirate Studios for rehearsals or recording and as a content platform, from which they can stream their live content and disseminate music, podcasts and performances.

Inspired and encouraged by some of the younger investors in the fund, Talis is also focusing hard on the preoccupations and changing habits of Gen Z, which it recognises as shaping emerging startups in both the consumer sector and other enterprise sectors.

ENDS

Contact:

antonella@burlington.cc / 07530 815 018

About Talis Capital

Talis Capital is a venture capital investment firm that takes smart money from some of the world’s most successful entrepreneurs and business people and invests it strategically in early-stage technology companies with global potential. Talis has invested over $600 million worth of transactions since 2009 and the portfolio includes Darktrace, Onfido, iwoca, Pirate Studios, Luminance, Threads, Ynsect and Oh My Green. Focused on building long-term partnerships, Talis leverages its network to give some of the world’s most innovative startups opportunity to thrive.

Talis Capital Limited (“Talis”) is an appointed representative of Privium Fund Management (UK) Limited (“Privium”). Privium is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority of the United Kingdom (the “FCA”). The investment services of Talis are only available to professional clients and eligible counterparties for the purposes of the FCA’s rules. They are not available to retail clients. Past performance is not a guide to future performance and any capital invested is at risk.

Additional coverage:
Forbes - A point of difference

TechCrunch - Q&A with Talis

CityAM - Tech investor raises record $100m

Sifted, Tech.EU, EU startups, UKTN

Talis Capital expands and strengthens investment team

PRESS RELEASE

  • 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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Notes to the editors

Media Contacts

Emma Titmus

Head of IR & Marketing
emma@taliscapital.com
+44(0)20 5426259

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.
www.taliscapital.com

 

 
This communication has been prepared by Talis Capital Limited which is an Appointed Representative of Privium Fund Management (UK) Limited (“Privium”). Privium is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority ("FCA") in the United Kingdom. It is not intended for distribution to or use by any person or entity in any jurisdiction or country where such distribution or use would be contrary to local law or regulation. This communication is not intended for distribution to retail clients. Past performance does not necessarily predict future results and the capital value of the investments and the income generated can fluctuate. The registered office of Privium is The Shard, 24th Floor, 32 London Bridge Street, London, SE1 9SG
Copyright©2018, Talis Capital Limited. All rights reserved.

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

Qualifications

  • 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.

Benefits

  • 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 info@taliscapital.com

 

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

Qualifications

  • 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 info@taliscapital.com with a 300-word text on what recent vc investment interested you and why.

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