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Talis Capital closes $175M in third fund to invest in early-stage startups across UK, Europe and US

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Headquartered in London, Talis Capital is an investment firm that supports and invests in early-stage technology companies. It embraces the unconventional, investing with high conviction at Seed & Series A across UK, Europe and the US.

Today, Talis Capital, which recently invested in Laced, has announced the first closing of its third and largest $175 million early-stage fund, focused on helping founders build disruptive, category-defining, and enduring businesses. The investment was led by equal partners Matus Maar, Thomas Williams, and Kirill Tashilov.

The new funds will let Talis partner with three founding teams, including London-based credit security platform Bondaval and San Francisco-based carbon-negative textile company, Rubi Laboratories. It will continue to lead Seed & Series A rounds in Tech Infrastructure, Climate & Synbio, and Consumer Internet companies across UK, Europe and US.

Matus Maar, Managing Partner at Talis, said: “The tech industry is undergoing a moment of transformation, yet history’s proven well supported visionaries and entrepreneurs flourish in such disruptive times as discontinuity drives opportunity. Talis’ latest fund – plus our absolute dedication to building deep relationships with those we invest in from the earliest stages – marks an important moment in finding the next generation of companies who’ll be category-definers of the future.”

Kirill Tashilov, General Partner at Talis, said: “At Talis, we invest when we see the outlines of sustainable competitive advantage and potential for path dependence. As a result, we think more like biologists than physicists – we think of economic webs and complex adaptive systems more than we do of simple value chains. It enables us to identify the potential dominant teams and companies early in their journeys and help them build enduring businesses.”

Thomas Williams, General Partner at Talis, adds: “At Talis, we take a different approach to the fiscal recklessness and linear thinking that’s caused many in the last decade to ignore the core principles of company building and value creation. We know progress is cumulative in science and engineering but cyclical in finance and this time is no different – there is no such thing as good time or bad time to start a company, there are trade-offs. We are extremely excited to announce our new fund as we continue to partner with founders at the earliest stages of company building.”

How does Talis Capital work?

Talis Capital was founded in 2009 by Matus Maar, Vasile Foca and Rohini Finch in London. Talis Capital invests in high-growth companies across various sectors, including software, fintech, cybersecurity, digital health, and artificial intelligence.

The VC firm typically invests in companies that have innovative and disruptive business models, strong growth potential, and a talented management team. In addition to providing financial support, Talis Capital also offers strategic guidance and operational expertise to help their portfolio companies scale and succeed. They take an active role in assisting with business development, market expansion, and fundraising efforts.

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