Jana Messerschmidt may not have been a household name, but she’s becoming increasingly well known in the business world. Up until 2016, she was Vice President of Global Business Development and Platform at Twitter, but more recently has moved to Lightspeed where she serves as an Investment Partner. It may seem like a significant jump, but the Jana Lightspeed combination has been a long time coming; after all, Lightspeed had pursued several investments in companies Jana had previously supported.
With the hiring of Jana Lightspeed also brought in some other hires; however, it was Ms. Messerschmidt’s hiring that drew attention. This may be down to her profile within the business world and the success she’s had in her career. That being said, Jana isn’t exactly held down by her position with Lightspeed; in fact, she currently has a few other positions in other companies running alongside her role as an Investing Partner in the firm. She’s also well known as the founder of #Angels, which she set up in 2015.
The company is based in San Francisco and focuses on bringing more women to successful start-ups. She co-founded the company alongside some other investors, most notably Chloe Sladden, Jessica Verrilli, April Underwood, Katie Stanton, and Vijaya Gadde. However, this isn’t all that Ms. Messerschmidt is known for. Before her time with Twitter, she also served as the Director of Business Development at Netflix; during her time with the streaming giant, she focused on mobile and consumer electronics partnerships. Earlier in her career, she also held positions with DivX and AT&T. She graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering in 2001. Now with her recent hiring by Lightspeed, it looks as though Jana Messerschmidt’s career is set to keep going further and further.