Ashley Brasier is a partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners – an investment and management company. According to Ashley Lightspeed, “Prototyping is a key tool in the entrepreneur’s toolkit, as it enables you to ‘fail fast and iterate faster.'” This is the philosophy she lives by which also influences her actions at Lightspeed Venture partners. Ashley wanted to be an architect like her father as a kid, and the drafting process associated with design always stuck with her. Instead of buildings or inventions, however, Ashley Lightspeed works at prototyping ideas and methods for businesses and running them. Related articles at prnewswire.com
Ashley Brasier began a career after graduating from Duke doing consulting for a company called Bain. Ultimately, several years at Bain left her unsatisfied, as she yearned to explore and understand the more difficult, operational work of the Silicon Valley. This led to her next job, as the category manager at a company called Thumbtack. At Thumbtack Ashley Lightspeed utilized her personal philosophy of prototyping ideas like an inventor would while working at Thumbtack, specifically in the events and wedding planning departments of the company. Working at Thumbtack was also what led Ashley Brasier to venture capital and investments, which is what she would end up doing at Lightspeed Venture Partners. According to her, “[being able to] see into the future and its proven track record of identifying and supporting trends before they become established [is what makes venture capital an exciting industry].” After leaving Thumbtack to pursue further education at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, Ashley joined Lightspeed as a member of the consumer investing team. Here, her and her other teammates work with fledgling companies to monitor their development and help them grow quickly and efficiently. Ashley is still upholding her sense of prototype and craftsmanship, even in this line of work.