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In this episode, Claude shares the story of how he became an angel investor. When Claude sold his last business, he vowed not to go back into another luxury venture, instead deciding to seek out something that felt more meaningful to him personally — which turned out to be angel investing and the slow money movement.


Claude Arpels


Slow Money NYC

Social Venture Circle


After spending 20 years in fashion and luxury businesses, Claude chose to dedicate himself to his interests in food, the environment, social enterprise, and the arts. He has become an avid impact angel investor, particularly in businesses with a sustainable food and agriculture mission. Claude is the Co-Chair of Slow Money NYC and a founding member of Foodshed Investors New York, which recently merged with Investors Circle. He also serves as Board President of International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), the nation’s preeminent contemporary music ensemble.

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Intro and outro are voiced by Marina Verlaine. She can be contacted at


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