Currently a partner and part of the consumer investing team, Lightspeed Venture Partners, Jana Messerschmidt, has previously worked with Netflix (Director of Business Development) and Twitter (VP, Global Business Development & Platform). Before joining Lightspeed, Jana had spent several years, giving advisory services and investing in early-stage organizations. Other companies she has worked for include DivX, as the senior manager, Global Sales, and Smart Drive, where she served as the Director of Strategic Accounts.
Lightspeed Venture Partners is an American venture capital company that specializes in investments that are in their early stages within the enterprise and technology sector.
Her portfolio as an investor is made up of consumer, technology, Cleantech and enterprise markets. Jana Lightspeed Venture Partners specialties include seed, early phase, later phase, expansion phase, startup, growth companies as well as incubation. Her extensive knowledge and experience in debt financing come in handy when it comes to the development of strategies for facilitating progression.
Jana was responsible for inventing Lightspeed Venture Partners to make it possible for customers and enterprises to fasten disruptive innovation that they might require to come up with. The Jana Lightspeed Partners initiative has helped achieve a lot of things. Since its launch, more than 350 firms across the world have reaped significant benefits from it, such as GrubHub, AppDynamics and many others.
During an interview with Ideamensch, Jana explained how she brings ideas to life. The former engineer says that she prefers to think about things logically. She begins with the big picture and then determines the sub-goals needed to get there. From there, Jana outlines the tactics for achieving each of the sub-goals. She loves and uses checklists to help with her system. Jana finds the process of checking them off and moving closer to her goal extremely satisfying. While she attributes this behavior to her engineering background, Jana is convinced that the drive to do so also comes from the urge to maximize her time each day.
One of the things that drive Jana Messerschmidt is the desire to see women take the lead in the field of investment. To make this happen, she has been hosting events and starting conversations aimed at building the community and diversifying the industry.