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Ashley Lightspeed Creating Her World

Background

Ashley Lightspeed is an entrepreneur, investor and recently, a partner of Lightspeed Venture Partners. She is an intelligent and adventurous entrepreneur, enthusiastic about bringing creativity to her work. She holds a BA degree from Duke University and an MBA from Stanford University. She worked for Bain & Company after graduating from Duke and startup companies such as Thumbtack, BetterUp, and Fundbox. It is through these spaces that she gained her knowledge and skill and aligned her career towards her creative goal. Read more about  Ashley Lightspeed at lsvp.com

Her creative dream

As a child, she admired her father’s architectural creative work, and even though her career took a business turn, her interests lie in creating and developing new products, ideas, services, and business models. Ashley Lightspeed’s fascination for creative work while growing up had her attending summer camps for young designers, and from there she learned a principle that she continues to apply in her work till today; ‘measure twice, cut once.’

At work, no new idea or product gets a free pass. Ashley Lightspeed tests every new project with prototypes for the products and frameworks for the ideas, and this has significantly worked in her favor. Ashley has become one of the pillars for the success of companies such as Fundbox and BetterUp.

Her amazing role

At Lightspeed Venture Partners, a venture capital firm that focuses on early-stage investments in businesses, Ashley Lightspeed has the delightful privilege to work with early-stage startups. Here, she brings and works out her creative genius, meeting new ideas, challenges and formulating solutions. She has paved her path of creativity in the business industry, helping startups in growth strategy. She continues to use her knowledge and love for creating new products to grow in the vision of Lightspeed. In the years to come, Lightspeed Ventures will be the it-thing in the business industry. See more: https://medium.com/@ashley.brasier

Ashley Lightspeed of Lightspeed Ventures

Ashley Lightspeed currently works at Lightspeed Ventures; her primary role is to invest in start-up firms. She helps them discover their development strategies and to achieve their dreams. Ashley has helped a lot of organizations grow. She believes that any organization can become successful with the required resources and business plan. Ashley began working at Lightspeed shortly after completing her studies at Stanford GSB. Her studies at Stanford helped her decide on supporting other firms to expand. During that time Ashley was also working on opening her own business. She wanted to help individuals all over. Follow Ashley Lightspeed on Twitter.

Ashley Lightspeed has used business prototyping and craftsmanship to develop businesses. According to her prototyping can be used for any business strategy. During the period she was employed for different firms she used prototyping to create markets, generate business opportunities and look for consumers. Prototyping has been a useful element to her; for all the firms she has worked for she has contributed a lot to the growth of their profit margins. She also uses craftsmanship and encourages upcoming entrepreneurs to use it to create a great customer base.

Craftsmanship is where an entrepreneur develops a business plan or a new product while considering the consumer’s needs. Craftsmanship helps business personnel to understand their consumer more and to identify goods or services that are in high demand. Through craftsmanship, consumers are assured of getting quality goods according to their requirements. Ashley Lightspeed had worked for two other firms before joining Lightspeed Ventures. She had worked at Bain for a few years; her work at Bain was the first time she got employment. She also worked at Thumbtack as a Category Manager; her principal role was to plan events and create a stable customer base for the company. Ashley is a focused and determined individual who will do anything to achieve what she wants.

Find out more: https://medium.com/@ashley.brasier

 

Whitney Wolfe looks to expand beyond tech in 2019


In the October 2018, issue of Marie Claire, Whitney Wolfe, the creator of Bumble, sat down with the publication to discuss everything from lawsuits to her plans for expanding the location-based dating application in 2019.

The success of the Bumble is due to Whitney Wolfe and her professional approach of winding things down for her team at the end of each week. She achieves this by treating the staff of sixty employees to weekly manicures in the dedicated glam room at the Bumble headquarters in Austin. It’s no surprise Wolfe was able to co-found Tinder, also start and grow the Bumble app very quickly since 2014. See more of Whitney Wolfe at Business Insider.

So far in 2018, Whitney Wolf and Bumble have seen continued growth of their application. Earlier in the year Wolfe and Bumble received a lawsuit from Match.com after she declined to accept their acquisition offer for Bumble for a cool four hundred million dollars in February 2018. In April, Kris Jenner announced she was using the Bumble Bizz, their professional networking service to hire her next assistant. Wolfe and Bumble also looked to leave a mark in the world of plutonic friendships by adding Bumble BFF, a feature to connect with new friends. This feature already surpassed three million users. In August, Whitney Wolfe also launched the Bumble Fund, a capital venture group that will only look to invest in women-led businesses.

In 2019, Whitney Wolfe plans to continue to grow the business through several creative approaches for the technology company. Bumble will look to expand into the beauty game by launching two products to help users solve skin care and emotional issues according to the company. The company worked for many months with psychotherapist and dermatologist to develop products that address the problem of oily skin.

Lastly, in 2019 the Bumble founder looks to aim at ending misogyny. Wolfe plans to do this by working with legislators to change the law and making it illegal to send folks unsolicited pictures of genitalia and making it a severe offense just like flashing someone in public.

Visit: https://www.vogue.com/article/bumble-founder-whitney-wolfe-michael-herd-positano-wedding