Prototyping was fun for Ashley Lightspeed. Even as a child she has fond memories of sitting with her father in their garage to sketch buildings and come up with different designs and ideas. It was while at Duke University for her Bachelor’s degree that she felt an attraction to prototyping ideas to do with business as opposed to what she used to do with her dad all those years past. After graduation, she started consulting at Bain. Follow Ashley Lightspeed on Twitter.
Consulting for several years at Bain exposed Ashley, and soon she felt a desire to explore Silicon Valley. She went on to join Thumbtack in the capacity of category manager. This meant that she was responsible for the customer experience. This position also included events and weddings management. Ashley believes prototyping to be a central gadget in the entrepreneur’s toolkit.
At Thumbtack Ashley Lightspeed learned about venture capital. It was while on a fundraising pitch that she was exposed to it. Years later she went to Stanford GSB to study while at the same time trying to start her own company and consulting for startups. Her curiosity led her to the realization that she liked trying out different industries and working with entrepreneurs to help them realize their dreams.
Lightspeed Venture Partners
With her MBA and experience in spades, Ashley Lightspeed joined ‘Lightspeed Venture Partners’. Today she works with new companies helping them realize their growth strategy. Craftsmanship is her passion as it compels her as a creator to feel deeply for the people and companies she is helping create ideas. The creator gets to the point where he/she is patient enough to comprehend the needs of the client and to convert the understanding into tangible solutions for the clients. Craftsmanship she feels helps make it easier for the client so that they need not worry too much about their venture
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