After recently raising over 1.8 Billion USD in capital, Lightspeed Venture Partners decided to add to its team, new members. Stunning was that this addition was a progressive move by the company to have 50% of the new employees as female, among them, Ashley Lightspeed. Herself not a novice in this sector of venture capital firms, she plans to bring her expertise in consulting and digital media to boost the consumer investing practice at the firm.
Education and Experience
Prior to joining Lightspeed Venture Partners, Ashley had tremendous success at Thumbtack, an online platform bringing customers and professionals together. She ran the events and weddings section and saw it grow exponentially during her time as Category Manager.
After her work at Thumbtack, Ashley sought to further her education by going to graduate school, one of the best. She enrolled at Stanford University for her MBA. It was during this time that Ashley Lightspeed honed her skills, ready for the market.
Ashley attended Duke University for her undergraduate studies, BA, Visual and Media Studies. After graduation, she worked at a consulting firm, Bain and Company, as first an associate before later being promoted to Senior Associate. The Firm’s list of clients includes elite movers and shakers of all sectors of the economy. After her time there is when she joined Thumbtack, founded in 2008, to close the gap between experts and clients. View Ashley’s profile at Linkedin.
At an early age, Ashley Lightspeed was fascinated by architecture, her father’s profession. This fascination led her to become one of the most meticulous and innovative people. Her work at Lightspeed Venture Partners includes working mostly with start-up companies and other companies at various stages of development. This way, she prides herself in the ability to build companies from scratch and to see them grow.
Ashley’s keynote to entrepreneurs is that their success is highly dependent on their flexibility.