Sep 16, 2021 • 42M

Raising $281 million fund 2 and the evolution of New York's startup scene with Alexa von Tobel of Inspired Capital

The Consumer VC Podcast episode 164 with Alexa von Tobel, Founder of Inspired Capital and LearnVest

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Mike Gelb
The Consumer VC takes a look into early-stage consumer investing and venture capital. If you are interested in learning about consumer trends, have a b2c business and interested in learning about the fundraising process at the early stage, you have come to the right place. Mike interviews some of the top venture capitalists in the world that focus on B2C and consumer type companies or have a deep track record investing in these categories such as marketplaces, SaaS, social, CPG and non-tech subscription. Mike also interviews founders that are building some of the most disruptive consumer facing companies in the world. The conversation usually includes the insight the founder discovered, fundraising strategy, and the pitch. This podcast also includes bonus episodes. Each bonus episode dives into a particular subject that might not have to due with the fundraise or venture capital, but still would be helpful to founders. For example, a bonus episode on brand strategy or how to construct a board of directors. All bonus episodes will be clearly labeled. For all episodes, please visit For updates, you can follow @mikegelb on Twitter.
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Hey There,

Our guest today is Alexa von Tobel, founder of Inspired Capital and LearnVest.

Inspired Capital is a generalist fund based in New York City that backs early-stage founders with transformative ideas. Some of their companies include Chief, Geneva, Public and Snackpass.

Yesterday, Inspired announced their second fund of $281 million investing in Seed and Series A companies. Alexa also founded LearnVest, which was an American financial planning company which she sold for $250 million.

In this episode we discuss:

  • How New York's entrepreneurial and venture capital scene has risen in the past 15 years

  • Impact of COVID on emerging entrepreneurial ecosystems

  • Investing as a generalist

  • Staying price disciplined in this current market

  • Why ARR can be misleading

Enjoy listening!