Ashley Lightspeed’s extensive career began after she graduated from Duke, having traveled and studied abroad in Copenhagen. The daughter of an architect, she herself aspired to be an architect like her father and sketched building designs and prototypes throughout her collegiate career and teen years. Something that would inspire her outlook on business in the future. Ashley Lightspeed began working with Bain, the global management and consulting firm. Learn more about Ashley Lightspeed at Bloomberg
There, she wanted to do more operational work and wanted to explore the realm of tech in places like Silicon Valley; a place where innovation and trends are shaped by the future that hasn’t yet happened. Eventually, she would leave Bain to work for Thumbtack, where she was a category manager for the “Weddings & Events” category of the website, which helps to pair local people with professionals in their area. It was during her time with Thumbtack that she started to see her vision and mantra more clearly. Prototyping as a way to design and sculpt the future; a way to innovate faster and better, much in the way an architect creates blueprints for future buildings.
At a fundraising event with Thumbtack, Ashley got a glimpse into the world of venture capital, which is all about future trends and growth. She left Thumbtack and attended Stanford GSB while running a few small business to financially support herself before becoming a member of Lightspeed’s consumer investing team. Here, she keeps an eye on consumer trends and helps businesses and entrepreneurs innovate based on where the market lies and where consumers are going. Ashley Lightspeed aspired to be an architect and now she makes blueprints for companies to help design and build their futures. Her goal is to help businesses innovate rapidly and to allow their leaders live healthier and more inspired lives.