The Uncovered Podcast

Miniseries - Episode 4: Matt Hayes (co-host and principal at PJC) talks about his experience having COVID-19

April 07, 2020 PJC Episode 4
The Uncovered Podcast
Miniseries - Episode 4: Matt Hayes (co-host and principal at PJC) talks about his experience having COVID-19
Show Notes

In the 4th episode of our miniseries, Rob talks to Matt about his experience battling COVID-19 after testing positive on March 25th.  Luckily, his symptoms have been mild and manageable at home. During the episode, Matt discusses the elusiveness of COVID-19 and his biggest takeaways from his experience thus far (as we release this, Matt is still recovering from the virus).

Disclaimer: This information is not intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Talk with your healthcare provider or a professional if you are experiencing any symptoms related to COVID19 and if you have questions on your health.  Continue to stay safe, practice social distancing, and follow all CDC recommendations.  

Topics covered include: 

  • Matt’s early symptoms and why he thought he only had a bad cold 
  • How the testing process worked
  • What surprised Matt the most about the virus 
  • What has helped him ease the symptoms of COVID-19
  • Matt’s latest thoughts (and how his thoughts have evolved over the past few weeks) on on the future of work and business after this pandemic

Recommended website to follow for updates on COVID-19: 

  • Website by Physicist, Yaneer Bar-Yam, studying social challenges including pandemics. Now focused on stopping the Coronavirus.

Highlighted Quotes: 

More on the experience: 

  • "It [the virus] seems horrible, and they are talking in the news about how people are going to the hospital in troves. So I thought that when you get it you will know...but that has completely flipped upside down for me." - Matt Hayes 
  • “The sneakiest part of this, despite the fact that I’m still coughing and I'm still tired when I wake up in the morning, is... I could see how people could go to work and not realize they had COVID-19, but I was also fortunate to have fairly mild symptoms”  - Matt Hayes

More on the impact of the business: 

  • “We are looking at bigger rounds at lower valuations with stronger syndicates to adjust to the additional risk that is in the world” - Rob May 
  • “We invest in people, but when you don't get a chance to actually sit across from the person, that is hard. That is definitely a barrier so hopefully we find ways to mitigate those effects and get to know people in a very real way.”  - Matt Hayes