Ashely Lightspeed: Helping Start-Ups One Investment at a Time

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).

Read more: https://www.crunchbase.com/person/ashley-brasier

 

Get to Know Deirdre Baggot

Denver, Colorado-based Deirdre Baggot is a healthcare business strategist and payment expert holding a Ph.D., a BSN, and an MBA. She attended Southern Illinois University, earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She then attended Loyola University Quinlan School of Business in Chicago, earning an MBA. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado in Denver. Find out more about of Deirdre at visualcv.com

The Beginning

She began her career at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in 1997, working as a staff nurse and a resource coordinator. Baggot also held the position of manager of the hospital administration group. She moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan in 2003, where she joined the University of Michigan Health System. She worked for the company as a business analyst and an administrative manager. She won an outstanding leadership in safety award and a Lean/Six Sigma certification during her three-year employment with this organization.

Welcome to Denver

After a 2006 move to Denver, Deirdre began her position as a senior administrator at the Cardiac and Vascular Institute. She was responsible for many areas of business development in this position and oversaw a group of about 450 people in marketing, recruiting, and others. An additional 11 clinics were added during her 4-years with the company. From here, Baggot began a potion at GE Healthcare Partners in Los Angeles, CA. She held a position as senior vice president with this company.

A Trusted Name in Healthcare

Deirdre Baggot has been a leader in the healthcare systems industry. Each organization that Baggot held a position with benefited considerably from her services and attributions to their company. She’s been featured on numerous NPR shows that highlight her many contributions to the business healthcare systems world. She’s even been asked to serve on the chair for the National Bundled Payment Summit.

Learn more: http://vizualize.me/deirdrebaggot