Phoebe Pincus


previously COO

What is your role at Startmate?

I'm COO, so that means I'm responsible for amplifying the impact of Startmate's team and community (which is pretty cool!)! Practically, this means I'm working on engagement and infrastructure, streamlining systems and breaking down silos to build a cohesive internal community.

Favourite Quote?

Shakespeare has some crackers! E.g.

There is a tide in the affairs of men
Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune;
Omitted, all the voyage of their life
Is bound in shallows and in miseries.
On such a full sea are we now afloat,
And we must take the current when it serves,
Or lose our ventures.

Also, and slightly less profoundly but genuinely these are words to live by - 'win the morning win the day' (NB Shakespeare did not say this as far as I am aware)

Favourite Book?

Not possible to say a favourite, however I think Lincoln in the Bardo (George Saunders) is one of the best books ever written. As with all good fiction, to truly engage with it you need to set your normal way of thinking aside, be comfortable dwelling in enormous amounts of ambiguity and, as Saunders says, 'bring forward the most expansive part of yourself'. Which I think is a pretty good way to truly engage in life as well!

What’s the first job you’ve ever had, and what did you learn from it?

At the smoothie shack and I learned how to make the best acai bowls on this good earth (invaluable in my current role can I tell you, Batko LOVES smoothies)

What would be your alternative career?

If I could run for a living I'd be tempted.

Startmate Team
Brady Flockart
Head of Investments
Kel Spoerk
Head of Projects and Community
Maisy Bennett
Head of Platform
Jason Fang
Head of Finance & Fund Operations
Cameron Ensor
Founder Platform Manager
Renee Bibby
Senior Product Operations Associate
Matthew Kolomyjec
Fund Ops Manager
Ben Simai
Investment Manager
Akshat Pande
Finance Manager
Holly Brooks
Senior Marketing Manager
Emma Grife
Chief of Staff - Founders
Niel Reitmann
Product and Growth Associate
Kaya Moore
Program and Community Manager
Mia Millman
Program and Community Manager
Kate Herbert
Investments Associate

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