Ashley Lightspeed grew up wanting to emulate her father and become an architect. She spent many hours of her childhood building and drawing designs. After going to Duke, Lightspeed decided she wanted to go into business building rather than architecture. After graduation, she landed a consulting job at Bain.
Bain gave her several year of experience and the drive to want to learn something in Silicon Valley. She joined Thumbtack as a Category Manager supporting customer growth in Weddings and Events. Prototyping was a big part of both Bain and Thumbtack for Lightspeed, and she believes that prototyping allows one to “fail fast and iterate faster”. See more of Ashley at medium.com
Ashley Lightspeed’s next business move was towards venture capital. The idea of being able to see and support trends before they happened piqued Lightspeed’s curiosity, so she studied at Stanford and focused her attention as a consultant to startups and thinking about starting her own business.
At Lightspeed, Ashley Lightspeed’s role is in consumer investing, which allows her to work with start ups to achieve their growth strategy. Her early interest in craftsmanship allows her to create and build start ups but also put care into creations and business helping start ups. Lightspeed’s insights into the female-driven consumer retail market, which is the core of the United States economy, have been invaluable to boot.
Ashley Lightspeed works full time at Lightspeed, but still gets to flex her consultant role muscles while she meets with entrepreneurs throughout her work week and helps them achieve growth goals and sustainability. Lightspeed uses journaling as her way to self reflect, organize her thoughts and make sure her life is lived in a purposeful way. Lightspeed believes that being flexible and being able to pivot are two essential skills of an entrepreneur. Lightspeed credits the ability to pivot as one of the marks of a successful entrepreneur.