October 24, 2019

The VentureFizz Podcast: Lucy Deland - Partner at Inspired Capital

For Episode 140 of The VentureFizz Podcast, I interviewed Lucy Deland, Partner of Inspired Capital.

Lucy was a student at Harvard during the same timeframe when Mark Zuckerberg was starting Facebook. As we discuss in this podcast, Facebook was a key catalyst to ignited the entrepreneurial spirit at the institution. 

She was a co-founder and COO of Paperless Post, which included two other Harvard alumni. The company disrupted the online invitation industry by making the process a lot more elegant and personalized with a design-led philosophy, which was unique at the time.

Lucy is now a Partner at Inspired Capital, an early-stage investment firm that was recently launched by Alexa von Tobel. Alexa is best known as the Founder & CEO of Learnvest, a company that was acquired by Northwestern Mutual. And yes, it was at Harvard where Lucy originally met Alexa.

In this episode of our podcast, we cover:

  • What is was like attending Harvard during the creation of Facebook and its impact on entrepreneurship there
  • The full background story on Paperless Post and the many challenges they had to overcome

  • The details on Inspired Capital and what they are targeting for investments.

  • What pitfalls to avoid when scaling.

  • When you should hire a COO to join your company.

  • And more!

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Keith Cline is the Founder of VentureFizz. Follow him on Twitter: @kcline6.