Jana Messerschmidt serves as an investing partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners from 2018 before working with companies like Twitter and Netflix. Lightspeed is an influential venture firm based in West Coast that has proven track record for the 20 years it has been in existence. She worked for Twitter as the Vice President thus being in charge of Development and Platform in the company. She was in charge of developer relations, strategic partnerships and partner engineering.
She has also served as the Director for Business Development at Netflix focusing on mobile and customer electronics partnerships. Jana has a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign have studied from 1997 to 2001. Nothing about Messerschmidt is average since she has held various roles throughout her career at global companies. In 2015, she co-founded #Angels who had a mission of empowering women in the society in their business startups. Through this company, Jana Lightspeed’ed the growth of over 50 early-stage companies ranging from fashion, transportation, healthcare, music and hardware companies.
The reasons as to why she joined Lightspeed were team modelling, mentorship and complementary skills. Jana has a passion for hosting events that diversify networks and build the community. She participated in an event, Twitter Hatch Competition August 2015 as a speaker which was held in San Francisco, United States.
She advises society to include women in the creation of wealth at great and successful companies to have an inclusive and equitable sector. Jana Lightspeed’s partner has also worked in DivX as a Sr Manager, Accompany an organisation as an advisor and Global Accounts for approximately three years. At this increasing pace at the universe, there are many start-up technology companies which require support for them to penetrate the highly competitive market, and Jana has a passion for helping them mature.