The Startup Playbook Podcast

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Ep185 – Maxine Minter (Founder & GP – Co Ventures) on pre-seed, performance and mental models

My guest for Ep185 of The Startup Playbook Podcast was Maxine Minter.

Maxine is the Founder & General Partner of CoVentures a $5M pre-seed fund.

Alongside her role at Co Ventures, she is also the Founder of Co Lab, a platform that matches Founders & CEOs with executive coaches.

In this interview we covered a range of topics including, 

  • why Maxine decided to launch a dedicated pre-seed fund
  • how she assess investment opportunities at that stage
  • the importance of effective communication as a leader 
  • How to get the most out of an executive coach
  • & much more


  • 1:40 Maxine’s background
  • 14:46 Making the leap to startups
  • 21:11 Performance coaching for founders
  • 26:52 Leadership mental models
  • 30:29 Developing better communication and empathy skills
  • 41:12 Common traits of world class performers
  • 50:38 Launching a dedicated Pre-Seed fund
  • 55:24 The huge opportunity in the Australian ecosystem
  • 1:04:16 What Maxine looks for when investing in early stage companies
  • 1:22:04 Lessons from previous venture backed startup

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A big thank you to Chris Bartlett and Jax Vullinghs for their help with this interview!

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