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Alexa von Tobel: How to Grow a Company During Uncertain Times

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When Alexa von Tobel and Lucy Deland started their first companies, they each faced the same huge hurdle: It was the Great Recession, and everyone they knew thought they'd fail. But that didn't happen.

In 2008, Deland left a job at Insight Venture Partners to start the highly successful online correspondence platform Paperless Post. The same year, von Tobel dropped out of Harvard Business School to start LearnVest, which Northwestern Mutual later acquired for $250 million.

Then, in 2019, von Tobel started Inspired Capital with former U.S. secretary of commerce Penny Pritzker as co-founder and Deland as partner. The veteran business owners now aim to lend some of their wisdom and experience to other entrepreneurs.

"It's the only job that as you are getting better at it, it gets harder," von Tobel said of being a founder during a session at the Inc. 5000 Vision........

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