Ashley Lightspeed went to Duke University for her undergraduate and earned her Bachelor of Arts in Visual and Media Studios. The program allows students to see how social, political, and cultural worlds are formed by media technologies. Included is an in-depth history of such ideas including, advertising, photography, film, video, television, games, courtroom, gallery, classroom, and hospital. This is all highly valued in her industry. Get the latest update on her twitter to find out more.
Ashley Lightspeed then went on to Stanford and was the Vice President of the Arts, Media, and Entertainment Club or the AME at Standford. The goal of the AME was to showcase creative talents and increase awareness of the arts, entertainment, and media industries. She went to various media companies in New York and Los Angeles while with the AME. She visited the video-sharing site, Youtube and the oldest premium cable and satellite television network, HBO. She went to the subscription-based streaming giant, Netflix. She went to see Vice, who has expanded to deliver web series, a film production studio, a news division, and a record label and The New York Times, the world-renowned subscription-based newspaper. Musical.ly is a social media site that lets users share short videos, that she visited. Another big name she visited is one of the largest and most diverse mass media and entertainment groups, Disney.
Ashley Lightspeed uses all of these experiences with these companies and her education to her benefit. She is an investment partner at Lightspeed Venture and aims her passion and interest in the digital media sector. Lightspeed was one of the first companies to invest in Snapchat in 2012 with a $485,000 seed. Today their share is worth about $2 billion. Cheddar Live is a post-television channel that uses product placements instead of commercials. Cheddar funded $19 million and Lightspeed funded $2.5 million. Now, Cheddar is worth over $160 million.