Disruptive Business Models

What do starting a disruptive game-changing business and writing a hit screenplay have in common? Lots of assholes think they can do it. While the word "disruption" may rank among the most annoying and overused phrases in the modern business lexicon - there's definitely something to it. Philip Krim, CEO of Casper, and Spencer Lazar, General Catalyst, help us wrap our minds around this idea. Is it crazy to bet the farm on a "portfolio of one" or crazier to start one of Caspers 200+ copycats? Is betting it all the only way to change it all? Our fourth episode explores the questions about true 'disruption' that have been keeping you up at night.

OPERATOR Philip Krim | CEO, Casper

Philip Krim
CEO, Casper

Philip leads Casper’s business strategy, expansion, and vision for the future, working with the company’s four other co-­founders, Philip drives Casper’s goal of becoming the first end­-to-­end sleep brand. A serial entrepreneur, Philip has founded and served as CEO of two previous startups, where he focused on new and evolving consumer and e­commerce trends. The first of which, The Merrick Group, with its two largest sites - AngelBeds.com and SleepBetterStore.com, he started from his dorm room. The second of which was Vocalize Mobile - mobile technology/advertising company focused on changing the way local SMBs advertise.


He serves as a Member of Advisory Board of Cove Hill Partners, L.P.  - He was named one of Business Insider’s Silicon Alley 100 and received a TechCrunch Crunchie award for Best in E­Commerce.  


He studied BBA in Marketing from The Red McCombs School of Business. He also studied Philosophy from The University of Texas at Austin.

INVESTOR Spencer Lazar | Partner, General Catalyst

Spencer Lazar
Partner, General Catalyst

Spencer is a partner at General Catalyst in New York City. His investment focus is on new service delivery models for both consumers and businesses, such as those at ClassPass, FundBox, Giphy, Lemonade and WayUp.


Spencer joined General Catalyst to help open the New York Office and has spent most of his career in the venture ecosystem. Spencer began his career at Insight Venture Partners, sourcing and managing growth stage investments in 3P Learning , BeyondTrust , and GenArts to name a few.


Spencer then spent time at Accel Partners in London sourcing and working with companies such as Birchbox, Bonobos, ForgeRock, Hailo, Lyst, Top10, and Qriously. After Accel, Spencer took a bet on himself, building Spontaneously, an early iOS-based mobile calendar.


Spencer graduated from Harvard University with a degree in economics.

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