Ashley Lightspeed is a San Francisco, CA businesswoman in the venture capital industry. She is a partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners where she focuses on startups in both the enterprise technology and consumer areas.
After completing high school at Durham Academy, graduating cum laude, she became a student at Duke University. She graduated with degrees in visual and media studies and management. Ashley Lightspeed also has an MBA that she earned at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
She started her professional career in August 2012 at Bain & Company where she was a senior associate. Before joining Lightspeed Venture Partners she also worked as a category manager at Thumbtack and as a growth advisor and consultant at Growth Stage Companies.
She says that growing up she wanted to take after her father and become an architect. From her time in school, she learned that she enjoyed prototyping business ideas instead. After doing consulting work at Bain & Company in Washington D.C. she moved across the country so she could become a part of Silicone Valley.
She really put her prototyping skills to work once she joined Thumbtack. She managed their Events & Weddings category and would develop new product ideas. She is skilled at using feedback to further develop new products and ideas. Ashley Lightspeed says that prototyping is something every entrepreneur should do as it gives you the ability to fail fast and iterate faster.
It was at Thumbtack that she first worked with venture capital. She became interested in this area because she liked that venture capitalists were able to spot upcoming trends and become involved before they were established.
She is on her company’s consumer investing team. She works with startups and says that was she is trying to spot is craftsmanship. She says this is a spirit and a way of building a compelling company. Read more: https://www.bloomberg.com/profiles/people/20888573-ashley-brasier