Ashley Brasier is a partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners an investment firm based in Silicon Valley. Lightspeed Venture Partners focuses on investing in early-stage companies that are geared towards creating and innovating new solutions in the consumer industries. She serves as one of the firm’s partners and focuses on the female-driven consumer retail market. She enjoys providing female entrepreneurs with capital to launch their products on a global scale. She understands that women are the earliest adopters of consumer technology and women-led companies have gone on to represent one-third of all Lightspeed backed ventures.
Ashley Lightspeed sat down to talk with Ideasmench.com about the idea for Lightspeed, her typical day and trends that excite her.
The idea for Lightspeed Venture Partners goes back a few years. Ashley Lightspeed was working for a company called Thumbtack as a category manager. She wanted to continue her higher education so she left her job to enroll in the Stanford Graduate School of Business. However, while in school she felt her work with Thumbtack was incomplete. She approached Thumbtack to work part-time as a consultant with the marketing team. She found that working as a consultant was a natural fit and after a few months of only working with Thumbtack she began consulting for other firms. This led to her becoming interested in investing and meeting with her partners to form Lightspeed Venture Partners.
Each day at Lightspeed Venture Partners is different for Ashley Brasier. She spends the day in San Francisco meeting with entrepreneurs, listening to pitches, looking over company portfolios and attending meetings. Brasier looks forward to each day as she enjoys meeting new people and hearing the creative ideas they present.
The trends that excite Ashley Lightspeed are new businesses and services that are being geared for the older demographic. The Baby Boomer generation is retiring and by 2033 there will be more seniors than young people in the United States. These means there will be a whole new market of retirees to market it too. She is excited to see what services and products will be created for these retirees. Learn more: https://www.forbes.com/sites/alexkonrad/2018/12/06/vc-firm-lightspeed-adds-five-partners-and-a-growth-guru-in-one-fell-swoop/#34350001c042