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passionate leadership meets

talent and experience


Talis was founded by entrepreneurs and attorneys who share a passion for helping creative people build new enterprises. Leveraging our experiences in top corporate law firms, technology startups, financial institutions, and government, we have a breadth of knowledge and understand the needs of the startup community.

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Nik Talreja
Eric Malis




Eric works closely with emerging technology companies as a thought partner, strategic adviser, and outside general counsel. He primarily focuses on corporate and governance matters, commercial and technology transactions, growth and sales, fundraising, and other critical issues companies face as they scale. Eric also consults emerging companies on non-legal matters such as business development, go-to-market strategies, and process implementation through Eagle View Strategy.

Prior to co-founding Talis and Eagle View Strategy, Eric was an associate at two major law firms, Cooley and Kirkland & Ellis. He also ran a Silicon Valley accelerator program and held several positions in technology companies and the US government. Eric also re-designed and currently teaches the capstone course on entrepreneurship and innovation at Menlo College, and he previously taught legal analysis and writing at the Santa Clara University School of Law.


In his free time, he enjoys hiking, painting, yoga, and exploring global cuisine. He also volunteers with local community development organizations and at-risk youth.


JD, The George Washington University Law School, Order of the Coif
BA, Communication (CAS), The Pennsylvania State University, Schreyer Honors College




California; District of Columbia





Nik has extensive experience solving legal and business problems for high-growth companies, ranging from founders with an idea to publicly-traded companies. He has worked as outside general counsel, advising on complex corporate and commercial matters, product development, and operational issues. He's also worked with investors and venture funds to structure investments and improve portfolio management. Nik is not currently practicing law at Talis. He focuses his professional time as co-founder & CEO of Sydecar.


Prior to co-founding Talis and Sydecar, Nik was an associate at two leading law firms, Cooley and Weil, Gotshal & Manges. He also co-founded 18.Ventures, an early-stage venture capital firm. Nik’s other business experience includes co-founding a digital media company, working in investment banking, and serving as an operations and strategy advisor to the boards of directors of multiple emerging companies.



In his free time, Nik enjoys film photography, biking, traveling, reading about new gadgets, and playing with his two dogs (one of whom inspired the Talis logo).




JD, UCLA School of Law

BS, Corporate Finance & Entrepreneurship, University of Southern California





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