Jana Messerschmidt is an inspirational advisor and investor based in the United States. She is a businesswoman who turned from being an engineer. Her knowledge expertise in market places, digital and social media, and platforms enabled her to start Lightspeed Venture Partners. She has been at the middle of technology and business in all her career, holding various positions in business development, sales and marketing, and engineering.
Jana Lightspeed attended the University of Illinois in 1997 for her tertiary education. In the university, she graduated with a degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2001. She started working with a San Diego based firm that focused on technological development in 2005. Jana Lightspeed was responsible for the management and expansion of offshore accounts and also served as a Senior Manager. She later joined Netflix in 2009 where she served as the Business Development Director. In the company, she expanded and developed new consumer and mobile electronics online partnerships.
Jana Messerschmidt also worked with twitter between 2010 and 2016 where she held the position of Vice President of the Department of Business Development and Platform. She led a team of over 150 members who were responsible for the establishments of international partnerships, that included both enterprise focused and consumer companies. Through her knowledge and expertise, she was successful in assisting partner management and business development, account management, and developer marketing, among other things.
After she left SmartDrive Systems in 2018, she joined Lightspeed Venture Partners where she is a member of the investing team for consumers and also a partner. Her company specializes in early-stage investments in technology and enterprise space. Her investment portfolios include technology, enterprise, cleantech, and consumer markets. Lightspeed Ventures specializes in start-up, incubation, and growth companies, and she utilizes her experience and knowledge in debt financing to develop progressive strategies.