Bloomberg, Cornell Tech, & Tech:NYC invite you to tune in for the latest installment of the Cornell Tech @ Bloomberg Speaker Series, featuring Alexa von Tobel, Founder & Managing Partner of Inspired Capital, in conversation with Scarlet Fu of Bloomberg Television.
Alexa von Tobel launched Inspired Capital with former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker in 2019. Together, they raised $200 million, quickly becoming one of the largest venture funds to debut out of New York. The fund, which makes seed & Series A investments in technology-driven startups that appear to be on the path to profitability, also immediately became one of the largest venture firms run by women. Although it's female-driven, it doesn't necessarily look for gender-specific leadership in its portfolio companies, which have ranged from travel & task management platforms to digital banking services.
Having recognized financial planning as a gap in traditional education, von Tobel founded LearnVest in 2007 to provide personal finance resources to people who may not have access to dedicated financial planners. The company's software helped users set financial goals & monitor their progress against them. After having raised nearly $75 million in venture capital, LearnVest was acquired by Northwestern Mutual in 2015.
We hope you'll join us for this conversation, in which von Tobel & Fu will discuss von Tobel's decision to leave school to start LearnVest in the middle of a recession, her transition from entrepreneur to investor, why she's committed to fostering diversity in New York City's startup ecosystem while also making investments across the U.S., & why she thinks moments of crisis are good times to build a business.