40 Minute Mentor

July 20, 2022

VC Feature: “The common trait we see amongst successful entrepreneurs is that they’re sacrificing a lot of life into this journey but they want to do it for something that matters”, with Felix Capital’s Antoine Nussenbaum

“One of the biggest misconceptions in VC is that it’s an easy way to be successful, or a quick shortcut to something – that’s absolutely wrong. It’s a really long journey.” 

In today’s 40 Minute Mentor VC Feature series episode, we’re joined by Antoine Nussenbaum, the Co-Founder of Felix Capital

Felix is a venture capital firm for the creative class, at the intersection of technology and creativity, focusing on opportunities in digital lifestyle. 

They’re on a mission to support ambitious Founders with big ideas, capturing new behaviours and cultural shifts. Their portfolio includes the likes of Farfetch, Deliveroo, Unmind, Papier, amongst many other high-growth brands. 

In this episode, Antoine shares some incredible insights into the market and buckets of brilliant mentorship for Founders and aspiring VCs, including: 

  • What led Antoine to start Felix Capital [06:36] 
  • Why he chose the digital lifestyle niche and what makes Felix so different from other VCs [08:50] 
  • The potential opportunities the economic downturn can present to Founders, no matter whether they’re in B2B or B2C [11:27]
  • What common traits some of the most successful Founders share and how you can stand out when fundraising [17:02] 
  • The difficulties of separating work and life as a Founder and how it can sometimes be beneficial to let the two intertwine [21:55] 
  • What makes Felix’s culture so special and how Antoine tests for high conviction in interviews [25:01] 
  • What Antoine looks for when he assesses Founders and their businesses [29:12] 
  • The most common mistakes he sees Founders make during pitches [31:09] 
  • Why working in VC isn’t about finding a shortcut to success [32:51] 


⛳️  Helpful links: 

➡️ More about Antoine: https://www.linkedin.com/in/antoinenussenbaum/ 

➡️ More about Felix Capital: https://www.felixcap.com/ 


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