Ashley Lightspeed is one of the newest partners at Lightspeed Venture Partners. This firm is based in San Francisco and invests in innovative startups. She joined the team in November 2018 after having worked as a growth advisor and consultant. She started her professional career as a senior associate consultant at Bain & Company and also worked as a category manager at Thumbtack.
After graduating from Durham Academy, she attended Duke University where she majored in visual and media studies, markets, and management. After moving to California she attended the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, earning a master of business administration.
It was while working for Thumbtack that Ashley Lightspeed first became acquainted with the world of venture capital. She thought this sounded really interesting because it involves peering into the future and spot trends before they catch on. She likes to work in multiple industries at a time which she finds energizing. She also likes to work with the founders of startups and help them turn their business idea into a reality.
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One trend she is very interested in is the Boomer generation retiring. Ashley Lightspeed says this is creating many opportunities for entrepreneurs who cater to their needs in thoughtful ways. In 2033, there will be more people of senior citizenship age than there are children in the United States. The biggest opportunity she sees is providing services to help seniors age in their own homes.
She sees three key areas as showing the most promise. These are IoT technologies, care services, and financial services. Financial services need innovation because most baby boomers haven’t put away nearly enough money for their retirement. Often the large bulk of their net worth is in their homes. If seniors can unlock the money in their homes they will be able to afford their retirements more easily. Read More: https://lsvp.com/team/ashley-brasier/