Alexa von Tobel

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  • Serial Entrepreneur and Venture Capitalist
  • Founder of LearnVest and Inspired Capital
  • New York Times Bestselling Business Author
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Serial entrepreneur Alexa von Tobel, CFP is founder and managing partner of Inspired Capital and the New York Times bestselling author of Financially Fearless and Financially Forward.  Alexa connects with established and foundling entrepreneurs through her speeches, books and podcast, Inc. Founders Project with Alexa von Tobel.  She leads conversations that resonate with the full entrepreneur experience- everything from nuts and bolts of operations and marketing to high-level gut checks.  Most recently she is being sought out for her experience on how to navigate through a recession while staying connected to customers. 

Prior to Inspired Capital, Alexa founded LearnVest with the goal of helping people make progress on their money. After raising nearly $75 million in venture capital, LearnVest was acquired by Northwestern Mutual in one of the biggest fintech acquisitions of the decade. Following the acquisition, Alexa joined the management team of Northwestern Mutual as the company’s first-ever Chief Digital Officer, overseeing digital strategy. She later assumed the role of Chief Innovation Officer through which she oversaw Northwestern Mutual’s venture arm.

Alexa has appeared on the cover of Forbes Magazine, been interviewed on NPR’s "How I Built This" and been featured in a wide variety of publications from The New York Times to Vogue. She is a member of the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and an inaugural member of President Obama’s Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship. Alexa has been honored with numerous recognitions including: Fortune ’s "40 Under 40", Fortune 's "Most Powerful Women," Forbes ’ "30 Under 30", Inc. Magazine 's "30 Under 30" and World Economic Forum's Young Global Leader.

 

 

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The 5 Most Important Rules for Entrepreneurial Success

On her podcast, The Founders Project, Alexa has interviewed nearly 150 of the top entrepreneurs from across the country, behind companies like Robinhood, Slack, Patreon, Airtable, and more. She shares the five pivotal lessons that have stuck with her, including why failure cannot be an option, how t ...

On her podcast, The Founders Project, Alexa has interviewed nearly 150 of the top entrepreneurs from across the country, behind companies like Robinhood, Slack, Patreon, Airtable, and more. She shares the five pivotal lessons that have stuck with her, including why failure cannot be an option, how to excel at managing anxiety, and the type of irrational belief it takes to succeed.

Recession Entrepreneurship: How to Build in a Downturn

Alexa founded LearnVest in the heart of the 2009 recession. Despite the challenging economic climate, she built a meaningful fintech company which was acquired by Northwestern Mutual for $375M. Creating a company in a downturn requires an extra special skillset—but doing so pays off: more than 50% o ...

Alexa founded LearnVest in the heart of the 2009 recession. Despite the challenging economic climate, she built a meaningful fintech company which was acquired by Northwestern Mutual for $375M. Creating a company in a downturn requires an extra special skillset—but doing so pays off: more than 50% of Fortune 500 companies were founded during a recession.

In this talk, she shares how the lessons she learned more than a decade ago are more relevant than ever in today’s uncertain economic climate. She’ll cover what all business leaders can do to plan ahead and ensure their businesses come out stronger on the other side.

Financially Forward: Six Trends Changing Our Wallets

We live in a new financial world. Our wallets--like every other aspect of our lives--have gone fully digital. Technology has made virtually every aspect of our lives cheaper and more convenient. Shouldn't it do the same when it comes to managing our finances? Alexa shares the six macrotrends that ar ...

We live in a new financial world. Our wallets--like every other aspect of our lives--have gone fully digital. Technology has made virtually every aspect of our lives cheaper and more convenient. Shouldn't it do the same when it comes to managing our finances? Alexa shares the six macrotrends that are having the biggest impact on our personal finances, from longer lifespans to flexible work to the sharing economy.

The Future of Money: Decoding Web3

Bitcoin, Ethereum, NFTs - for those new to Web3, the jargon can be overwhelming. As one of the foremost fintech innovators, Alexa breaks down the complexities of bitcoin and cryptocurrency into easy-to-understand terms. She covers why the shift from Web2 to Web3 is so consequential, how the average ...

Bitcoin, Ethereum, NFTs - for those new to Web3, the jargon can be overwhelming. As one of the foremost fintech innovators, Alexa breaks down the complexities of bitcoin and cryptocurrency into easy-to-understand terms. She covers why the shift from Web2 to Web3 is so consequential, how the average consumer should think about crypto as part of their overall financial plan, and how new use cases for digital assets might shape how we transact online.

How to Get Your Dream Company Off the Ground

At just 26 years old, with the economy in shambles, Alexa dropped out of Harvard Business School to pursue her dream of starting a company. She went on to raise $75 million in funding for LearnVest and sold the company in one of the largest fintech acquisitions of the decade. Alexa shares the expert ...

At just 26 years old, with the economy in shambles, Alexa dropped out of Harvard Business School to pursue her dream of starting a company. She went on to raise $75 million in funding for LearnVest and sold the company in one of the largest fintech acquisitions of the decade. Alexa shares the expertise she gained along the way, outlining how to raise capital, know your user, spend $0 on marketing, identify your success metrics, and more.

Six Money Mantras to Live By

Alexa walks through her six money mantras, the perfect foundation for getting your financial life in order. Her money mantras cover everything from creative tips for organizing your finances to managing debt to reaching retirement goals. As a renowned personal finance expert, this talk integrates Al ...

Alexa walks through her six money mantras, the perfect foundation for getting your financial life in order. Her money mantras cover everything from creative tips for organizing your finances to managing debt to reaching retirement goals. As a renowned personal finance expert, this talk integrates Alexa's favorite tips that are relevant to a wide range of audiences.

The Only Budget You'll Ever Need

Alexa presents her essential budgeting principles, revealing the ins and outs of the 50-20-30 method. For each budgeting category: Essential Expenses, Financial Priorities and Lifestyle Choices, she shares insider tips for cutting your costs and living your richest life - no matter your income. ...

Alexa presents her essential budgeting principles, revealing the ins and outs of the 50-20-30 method. For each budgeting category: Essential Expenses, Financial Priorities and Lifestyle Choices, she shares insider tips for cutting your costs and living your richest life - no matter your income.

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<p>Alexa von Tobel shares her vast business knowledge as one of Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneurs in Residence</p>

Alexa von Tobel shares her vast business knowledge as one of Inc. Magazine’s Entrepreneurs in Residence

As a serial entrepreneur, CEO, founder, and bestselling business author, ALEXA VON TOBEL discusses her knowledge as an entrepreneur in residence for Inc. Magazine. She shares about everything from nuts and bolts of operations and marketing to high-level gut checks, going off of her vast experience as the founder and CEO of LearnVest.com and founder and managing partner of Inspired Capital.

She frequently writes articles for Inc. that cover many topics, such as raising money as a founder, stories of successful businesses, new industries, keys to success, and more. Each of her talks are as detailed and knowledgeable as her articles, which are chock full of digestible tips and ideas to improve your business. She also hosts The Inc. Founders Project Podcast, which features successful founders and entrepreneurs who are changing the business world and creating our future. Alexa and her guests are both open and real, sharing what it takes to be at the forefront of technology and business innovation. Her podcast displays her ability to give keynotes about what it takes to think and perform like a successful entrepreneur, but also her ability to moderate and host a conversation. To see an example of her discussions, look no further than this clip, where she talks about why a recession is a great time to start a business. Watch her speak for Inc. here > >  

<p>Alexa von Tobel provides actionable advice on entrepreneurship, business innovation, and financial planning</p>

Alexa von Tobel provides actionable advice on entrepreneurship, business innovation, and financial planning

Renowned entrepreneur and bestselling author ALEXA VON TOBEL provides actionable and empowering advice on business innovation amid challenging times, how to think like an entrepreneur, and smart personal financial planning in the digital age. She's been sought-out for a virtual moderated conversation on "How to manage your money in 2020" and a virtual live Q+A on everything fintech, penned an article for Inc. on connecting with customers amid the coronavirus entitled "What I learned from being a 'recession entrepreneur,'"  and another on "How to execute a successful PR campaign." 

Von Tobel dropped out of business school and started LearnVest--  a financial planning firm that redefined the American approach to personal finance-- in 2008, just as Lehman Brothers crashed. After raising nearly $75 million in capitol, the firm was acquired by Northwestern Mutual in one of the biggest fintech acquisitions of the decade. Currently a Founder and Managing Partner at Inspired Capital, a woman-led early-stage venture firm, von Tobel is bucking the status quo to partner with forward-looking, effective, socially responsible entrepreneurs who will shape the future. Her New York Times bestselling books are Financially Fearless and Financially Forward, and she is the host of Inc.'s Founders Project Podcast, in which she shares the stories of the entrepreneurs building our future, and what it takes to think and perform like a successful entrepreneur. 

 

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Alexa von Tobel, CFP is founder and managing partner of Inspired Capital and the New York Times bestselling author of Financially Fearless and Financially Forward.

Prior to Inspired Capital, Alexa founded LearnVest with the goal of helping people make progress on their money. After raising nearly $75 million in venture capital, LearnVest was acquired by Northwestern Mutual in one of the biggest fintech acquisitions of the decade. Following the acquisition, Alexa joined the management team of Northwestern Mutual as the company’s first-ever Chief Digital Officer, overseeing digital strategy. She later assumed the role of Chief Innovation Officer through which she oversaw Northwestern Mutual’s venture arm.

Alexa has appeared on the cover of Forbes Magazine, been interviewed on NPR’s "How I Built This" and been featured in a wide variety of publications from The New York Times to Vogue. She is a member of the 2016 Class of Henry Crown Fellows and an inaugural member of President Obama’s Ambassadors for Global Entrepreneurship. Alexa has been honored with numerous recognitions including: Fortune ’s "40 Under 40", Fortune 's "Most Powerful Women," Forbes ’ "30 Under 30", Inc. Magazine 's "30 Under 30" and World Economic Forum's Young Global Leader.

Originally from Florida, Alexa attended Harvard College and Harvard Business School before settling in New York City where she currently resides with her husband, Cliff Ryan, and their three children.