Bright and early on a Monday morning, Ashley Lightspeed wakes up excited to start her day and begin her commute to her Menlo Park office. Unlike many, Ashely says that “Mondays are my favorite day of the week, as I get to reconnect with colleagues, learn about new investment ideas, and pitch my own” (“Ashely Brasier,” 2017).
Ashley was hired by Lightspeed Venture Partners as a member of their consumer investing team. She works with entrepreneurs starting up their own small businesses to see how Lightspeed can invest to help them with their start-up. Ashely listens closely to find the specific needs of each person she meets with so she can tailor Lightspeed’s investments to their needs.
Ashley Lightspeed has an impressive background that has helped mold her into the successful, young-professional she is today. As a young child, she would sit with her father at his drafting table. She dreamt of following in her father’s footsteps to become an engineer and create plans for building new prototypes. However, once she began college and started taking business classes, she realized her passion was in the business world. She still wanted to design prototypes, but for new businesses, not new buildings. View Ashley’s profile at Linkedin.
After graduating from Duke University, Ashely took a position with Bain & Company consulting. Following her work with Bain & Company, Ashely worked for Thumbtack, a new technology start-up. She helped Thumbtack to gain prestige as an online marketplace where one could find services for various events. While working for Thumbtack, Ashely also attended Stanford Business School. Upon graduation, she left Thumbtack and found Lightspeed Venture Capital where she could work with new companies to help them thrive.
Ashley credits her ability to keep in touch with people and take interest in their lives for helping her build her professional career. She says “keeping in touch with entrepreneurs is similarly fun and fulfilling – and helps me be a more productive investor” (“Ashely Brasier,” 2017).