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Ep137 – Matt Allen (CEO – Tractor Ventures) on believers, secondaries & confidence capital

I’m delighted to be kicking off 2021 by bringing back one of our most popular guests to date, Matt Allen for Ep137 of The Startup Playbook Podcast.

Matt Allen is one of Australia’s most active and successful angel investors, being amongst the first checks in leading Australian startups such as Buildkite and Practice Ignition, both of which have featured on this podcast previously!

He is now the CEO of Tractor Ventures, which is a revenue based investment fund, providing alternative sources and options to founders looking to access capital to unlock growth or create their own safety net through secondary offerings.

We dived in deep on this interview and covered a range of topics including:

  • His approach to building a portfolio
  • When founders should consider “hitting save” by offering secondaries
  • Why selling equity can be extremely costly for founders
  • How to balance having too much or too little ego
  • Why founders need confidence capital
  • & much more!

Full interview below!

Show notes:

Special Thanks:

Special thanks to Noelle Smit, Scott Thomas and Keith Pitt for their help with research for this interview! ?

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