Ashley Lightspeed always had an interest in projections, building, design and blueprints. The daughter of an architect, Ashley spent much of her youth and collegiate career at Duke drawing sketches of buildings the way her father did. She spent time abroad in Copenhagen and continued to build interest in blueprints, but the way she approached them would change. Shortly after graduating, she began working for Bain consulting firm. Here, she was able to get a taste for client oriented service but craved something more. She wanted to do something more future and tech involved. Something that could utilize her love of blueprinting. See more on Ashley at medium.com
After leaving Bain she was on to Thumbtack, the site that helps pair local people with specialists in their area such as contractors, plumbers, landscapers, etc. During her time with the company she served as Category Manager for the Weddings and Events section of the site. A fundraising event lead her to her first big brush with venture capital. The idea of looking ahead excited her and she soon left Thumbtack and attended Stanford GSB. While attending, she worked side consulting projects to financially support herself and hone her skills and passions. It was around this time that she found Lightspeed and took the dive into really helping entrepreneurs with their business models, looking at market trends and building blueprints for financial success. Now a member of the consumer investing team, Ashley works closely with companies in order to enhance their growth strategies. Just as she would draw blueprints with her father in her youth, as a career professional in venture capital, she now draws blueprints for companies’ success. Ashley Lightspeed has built her career upon the foundation of prototyping as a key to learn and adapt through change; helping companies and their leadership thrive and become healthier and more profitable.