In this podcast, Robbie Baxter interviews Ira Ehrenpreis of DBL Ventures where he explains how profit and purpose are combining to create new 21st century iconic D2C companies like Tesla, The RealReal and Bellwether Coffee.
There is no bigger topic when it comes to consumer sentiment than the rising demand and focus on Environmental, Social, and Corporate Governance related issues. Today we’re looking at this challenge from the perspective of a leading VC who has invested in some of the most iconic consumer focused, mission driven businesses.
Ira Ehrenpreis has been investing in companies that are committed to making a positive impact on the world for more than 20 years. A double bottom line investor, even before impact investing was cool, Ira has helped build the category and the discipline in venture capital. He currently serves as president of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and co-chair of the VC Network. He’s a founder at DBL Partners, which is perhaps the largest and most well-known impact investing and sustainability focused firm in the venture asset class. An early investor in companies like Tesla, The RealReal, SpaceX and Bellwether Coffee, Ira is a real visionary. He’s also a longtime friend, and always inspiring.
I recently interviewed Ira for the inaugural D2C Summit, a new conference I co created with Global Media Association FIPP, and want to share that conversation with you here on the podcast. In it, he talks about bold innovation across sectors and D2C business models, and shares several examples of how companies are using a focus on impact as a strategic advantage.
Key points include:
- The enablers behind high risk innovation
- Building 21st century economies
- What the RealReal does
Access the podcast and transcript on RobbieKellmanBaxter.com.