Ashley Lightspeed grew up with a strong interest in design. Her dad was an architect and she thought that was the career she also wanted to pursue. She ended up designing new businesses instead. She was a student at Duke University and also studied in Copenhagen. She developed her interest in launching new companies during her college coursework.
She began her career as a consultant at Bain & Company in August 2012. After three years she decided she wanted to do more operational work and work in Silicon Valley instead of Washington D.C. She moved across the country and found a job at Thumbtack on their product team. Ashely Lightspeed was a category manager in the Events & Weddings industry. She would wire-frame product ideas for her customers and use prototyping in order to get feedback on them. She says that prototyping is incredibly important for her as it gives her a way to fail fast and come up with new ideas faster. To learn more about Ashley lightspeed view her Crunchbase profile
It was while Ashley Lightspeed was working at Thumbtack that she first explored the world of venture capital. She was really interested in this because it’s a way to see into the future and create the next up and coming product ideas before they become established. In order to enter the world of venture capital, she left Thumbtack and became a student at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Ashley Lightspeed spent time while at Stanford exploring starting her own company. She also did consulting work. She eventually joined Lightspeed Venture Partners where she is on the consumer investing team. She works with startups in many industries where she helps them figure out their growth strategy. She says what she is looking for is craftsmanship. She says that is a spirit and a way of creating something very compelling.