Ashley Lightspeed Building Family Tradition

Very few facts are available concerning the early years of Ashley Lightspeed; she is known to be a middle-aged woman who grew up in the San Francisco, California area. Publicly, her date of birth remains private. As to family, her father worked professionally in architecture, and observing him in his workspace planted the interest within Ashley Lightspeed to follow similarly in principle though not profession. She recalls observing her father creating a prototype at the drafting table, and uses this similar strategy in her own work with marketing digitized media. She claims it reveals those areas that are ineffective allowing for correction.

Ashley Lightspeed holds an undergraduate degree in Communication and Visual Arts Media from Duke University. She was active in projects undertaken by the visual media arts club, and the program overall has a highly respected reputation. She later received her MBA from Stanford University. She is recognized as an authority on communications media and marketing within those industries.

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Digitized media is generally understood as computerized media or input media. It is transmitted, i.e., passed on or communicated over computerized network services. Examples of digitized media include graphics, text and audio communication.

Since 2018, Lightspeed has been a partner with Lightspeed Venture Capital, which is an investment firm aiding new start-ups. The company was created in 2000. LSVP foresees a bright future in assisting start-up companies venturing into digital media. Money is accrued in one of four ways within this sector: traditional advertising, selling experiences, shopping and subscriber-oriented. Each of these areas to LSVP requires building an ongoing service audience.

Prior to being hired by LSVP, Lightspeed was introduced to venture capital marketing at her former role with Thumbtack, which sold event services. She aided that company in creating numerous sub-specialties. She has been active throughout her academic life gaining and building experiences within the communications and marketing industries, respectively.

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Ashley Lightspeed Shares The Benefits Of Prototyping

Before the age of 30, Ashley Lightspeed became a partner at San Francisco’s Lightspeed Venture Partners. She had already been a top performer at three other firms before being recruited for this position. Her job involves developing growth strategies for the companies in her portfolio.

Born and raised in Durham, North Carolina, she studied visual and media studies, markets and management at Duke University. Later on, after moving to California, she also earned an MBA at Stanford. Her first job was at the management consulting firm Bain & Company where she was a senior consultant.

In February 2015, Ashley Lightspeed joined Thumbtack in San Francisco. This company’s specialty is connecting customers to professionals who provide services they need. She headed the wedding category as its manager. While she loved this job, she wanted to help entrepreneurs build new companies and so left after a year and a half.

While studying, she worked at Growth Stage Companies part-time. This was a great position for her while studying because she was a consultant who didn’t need to keep in contact with clients every day. It was her experience and success in this position that led to Lightspeed Venture Partners wanting her to join their team.

Her dad is an architect and she wanted to work in the same occupation as a child and teenager. She spent a couple of summers going to design camps where she learned the refrain, “measure twice, cut once”. She took this message to heart and carries that over into her consulting work. She is a big proponent of prototyping new business ideas and seeing which ones work before pulling the trigger. She says that entrepreneurs need to be flexible and have the ability to pivot when needed. It sounds simple but it’s really easy to get too attached to an idea, Ashley Lightspeed says, which is what she advices her clients against.

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