Ashley Lightspeed: Dominating the World of Venture Capital

Ashley Brasier AKA Ashley Lightspeed is today considered to be one of the most revered and south-after talent in the venture capital industry. Although very humble, Ashley’s accomplishments are one to truly marvel at. After receiving her education from Duke University, she would quickly find a position at Baines and Company as a consultant. While there Ashley would gather a plethora of experience in not only the venture capital world but in the tech world as well. Ashley Lightspeed would go back to school and receive a business degree from Stanford. Her additional knowledge on the tech world and in business then led her to create one of the first women-run venture capital firms in the world. We recently sat down with Ashley Brasier to go a little more in-depth about herself and Lightspeed Venture Capital. To learn more about Ashley lightspeed view her Crunchbase profile

Where did you get the idea for Lightspeed Venture Capital?

Ashley Lightspeed states that the concept for the venture capital firm was first created from the fact that she missed consulting for Thumbtack, her employer before she went off to Stanford. Although her work was first done as a side project of sorts, the introduction of more startups looking for capital quickly began growing into an actual company and something that would consume her life right after she graduated.

What is a typical day for you?

Ashley talks about how she is not exactly a morning person yet loves the time to herself as it allows her to have a moment of peace before emails and telephone calls begin to go crazy. Ashley’s day then follows alternative paths depending on the week and her schedule. She can be found mostly within her San Francisco office, yet sometimes work takes her to cities such as New York. One positive about early commutes to work according to Ashley Lightspeed are the incredible sunsets she’s been able to witness on the San Francisco I-280.


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