The VentureFizz Podcast: Lucy Deland - Partner at 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.
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