Matt Allen from Tractor Ventures | Checkout #133

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Angel investor and CEO of Tractor Ventures, Matt shares his loves (and loathings) in eCommerce retail.


Matt Allen is a deeply experienced founder, operator, mentor and investor and the CEO of Tractor Ventures, a new vehicle for investing that offers founders revenue-based financing. Matt and his team at Tractor are grounded in the belief that secure founders make better business decisions; venture capital money simply isn’t the right fit for every business, so Tractor Ventures is filling a funding gap for ambitious founders who want to grow their businesses at a pace that suits them. As an angel investor, he has invested in 30+ companies as part of his portfolio, including BuildKite, Practice Ignition, Spaceship, Qsic, Kasada, Donesafe, Pin and Goterra. Matt is a three-times ex CTO, and led the VC portfolio at AWS for ANZ.

In this episode of Add To Cart, we checkout Matt Allen from Tractor Ventures.  These guys offer revenue based finance, meaning that they can provide capital in return for payback (with interest) once you start generating the returns from the investment. This means founders don’t have to give away big chunks of equity to unlock growth. They’ve already got eCommerce leaders such as Kate Morris from Adore Beauty, Ed McManus from Deliveroo and Rob Ward from Quad Lock involved in the fund.

Questions answered in this episode include
  • What is the weirdest thing you’ve ever bought online? 
  • Who is your favourite retailer? 
  • Which retail fad do you wish was history?
  • Can you recommend a book or podcast that our listeners should immediately get into? 
  • Finish this sentence.  The future of retail is… 

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