131 episodes

The Inc. Founders Project brings you the stories of the entrepreneurs building our future. Hosted by Alexa von Tobel (Founder/CEO of LearnVest and now Founder + Managing Partner of Inspired Capital), listen to the tales of guts, inspiration, and drive behind the people and companies at the forefront of technology. Each weekly conversation digs into each founder's professional playbook — and starts to uncover what makes them tick as people.

Inc. Founders Project with Alexa von Tobel Inc. Magazine

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    • 5.0 • 44 Ratings

The Inc. Founders Project brings you the stories of the entrepreneurs building our future. Hosted by Alexa von Tobel (Founder/CEO of LearnVest and now Founder + Managing Partner of Inspired Capital), listen to the tales of guts, inspiration, and drive behind the people and companies at the forefront of technology. Each weekly conversation digs into each founder's professional playbook — and starts to uncover what makes them tick as people.

    How to Give Employees a Voice with Didier Elzinga of Culture Amp

    How to Give Employees a Voice with Didier Elzinga of Culture Amp

    How did Didier Elzinga go from CEO of an Academy-Award winning visual effects company to tech founder of the world's leading employee experience platform? Spoiler: it's all about the people. In his first CEO role, Didier realized that people were everything and that his role was primarily focused on people management. So in 2009, he set out to create a better world of work. Since then, Culture Amp has scaled to work with more than 5,000 companies and 25 million employees across the globe. Didier shares why he believes in the transformative power of story, how the importance of communication ramps up during periods of hyper-growth, and why post-Covid offices must facilitate a different way of bringing people together.

    • 27 min
    How to Nail the Post-Sale Customer Journey with Todd Olson of Pendo

    How to Nail the Post-Sale Customer Journey with Todd Olson of Pendo

    A three-time entrepreneur and seasoned product leader, Todd Olson is on a journey to build software that makes software better. At Pendo, his Raleigh-based company, he's helped over 2,300 customers—from Salesforce to Toast—build product-led organizations. Nearly a decade into building Pendo, Todd feels he's finally found the entrepreneurial success he's been striving for throughout his career. Todd shares how he got his first customers through community-driven events, why companies should have separate product and engineering leaders, and how he incorporates his family into the company, often cooking for investors and customers in his home.

    • 27 min
    How to Build an Entrepreneurial Company with Nik Storonsky of Revolut

    How to Build an Entrepreneurial Company with Nik Storonsky of Revolut

    With the rise of fintech apps, consumers find themselves with accounts scattered across institutions and brands. But what if there was one financial superapp that functioned on a global scale? Enter Revolut, the company Nik Storonsky co-founded in 2015 that is transforming the way we do all things money. The app has seen exponential growth with more than 18 million customers across 35 countries, earning it a valuation over $33B. Nik shares how the company went from a single card product to a one-stop financial solution, how a great product scaled the company entirely by word of mouth for the first five years, and why the secret to his management philosophy is rooted in the math of hiring exceptional people.

    • 27 min
    How to Identify a Market Gap with Woody Levin of Extend

    How to Identify a Market Gap with Woody Levin of Extend

    When a consumer adds an AppleCare warranty to their purchase, it adds a layer of trust and protection. What if you could insure most purchases you make online? In 2019, Woody Levin co-founded Extend to modernize the warranty industry. As Covid accelerated the e-commerce, Extend's business has seen rapid growth, working with customers from Sur La Table to Peloton. Woody shares how his aha moment for Extend came from losing a fantasy football bet, why it was like to hire 350 employees in one year, and how he's used career failures as fuel.

    • 30 min
    How to Adapt Your Plans with Ariel Cohen of TripActions

    How to Adapt Your Plans with Ariel Cohen of TripActions

    In 2015, Ariel co-founded TripActions to transform business travel. In the classic Blockbuster vs. Netflix analogy, TripActions set out to be the latter—replacing travel agents and complex expense reports with a best-in-class digital experience. The company's tremendous growth came to a screeching halt in 2020, when Covid stopped business travel altogether. But TripActions adapted and came back even stronger, now boasting over 9,000 customers and a valuation north of $7B. Ariel shares how a disastrous business trip to Ukraine was one of his aha moments, what it was like to lose all revenue in a two-day span when the pandemic hit, and why distributed teams have now unlocked a new category of business travel.

    • 31 min
    How to Scale Globally with Kate Ryder of Maven

    How to Scale Globally with Kate Ryder of Maven

    When Kate Ryder founded Maven in 2014, to reimagine healthcare for women and families from the ground up, she was ahead of the curve. With virtual care delivery at its core, she's grown Maven into the largest telehealth network for women's and family health globally. Maven's growth started with a "boots on the ground" marketing strategy and was accelerated in recent years by Covid. Today, the company has a thriving B2B model that supports over 10 million families in 175 countries. Kate shares why her earlier career as a journalist makes her a stronger founder, how summers in the Adirondacks sparked her imagination and self-reliance, and how she created a new category in healthcare to fill in all the moments outside of the doctor's office.

    • 31 min

Customer Reviews

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44 Ratings

44 Ratings

malfoxley ,

Great show!

Alexa, host of the Inc. Founders podcast, highlights all aspects of entrepreneurship and more in this can’t miss podcast! The host and expert guests offer insightful advice and information that is helpful to anyone that listens!

MCR92183 ,

Love this.

Really enjoy listening and the guests are A++!! Such a fun way to learn about entrepreneurship.

Arlie K ,

Inspiring and informative!

Easily among the most genuine and value-packed podcasts for entrepreneurs of any stage. No matter the topic, you gain something from every episode!

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