Entrepreneurs-turned-investors remain in a truly special position in the tech world, with experience on both sides of the table and unique insights into how organisations ought to operate and grow.
Alexa von Tobel takes that breadth of experience and those distinct insights to a brand-new level, as a founder who has practically exclusively started her ventures in the midst of an economic crisis. So it ought to come as no surprise that we’re absolutely amped to be taking a seat (essentially, of course) with von Tobel for an episode of Additional Crunch Live today at 11am PT/2pm ET. (Complete details after the dive.)
LearnVest was established by von Tobel in 2006, just before the crash of ’08, and was poised to grow voraciously due to the financial landscape of the time. The personal financing platform raised a total of $72 million over the following years and was ultimately obtained by Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Coverage in 2015.
In 2019, von Tobel launched Influenced Capital, a $200 million early-stage firm that has invested in Chief, Finix, SnackPass and Rho Business Banking.
And here we are, in the midst of yet another economic crisis with some 30 million people out of a task due mainly to the coronavirus pandemic.
Von Tobel says that, in times of financial unpredictability like these, start-ups have a genuine chance to speed up and interfere with.
We’ll chat with von Tobel about how she’s encouraging her portfolio business right now, the most significant lessons she’s found out throughout her career, her ideas on how tech can enhance diversity and addition efforts in the wake of the murder of George Floyd, and which patterns and sectors she’s most thinking about pursuing today.
Additional Crunch members will be able to ask their own questions during the discussion, so if you’re not currently an Extra Crunch member, ensure you do that before we go live.
von Tobel signs up with an excellent group of speakers on Additional Crunch Live, consisting of Sequoia’s Roelof Botha, Eventbrite’s Julia Hartz, BLCK VC’s Sydney Sykes, Superhuman’s Rahul Vohra, Cowboy VC’s Aileen Lee and Ted Wang, and Plaid’s Zach Perret. You can have a look at the complete library
of episodes here. We anticipate seeing you in the chat! Information: Article curated by RJ Shara from Source. RJ Shara is a Bay Area Radio Host (Radio Jockey) who talks about the startup ecosystem – entrepreneurs, investments, policies and more on her show The Silicon Dreams. The show streams on Radio Zindagi 1170AM on Mondays from 3.30 PM to 4 PM.