Brad joined Lightspeed in 2018 to help lead the firm’s growth investing practice. He focuses on all things Software and Internet as businesses scale, and was quick to make his mark. Within weeks of joining the team, he led Lightspeed’s investment in the $1.25 billion financing round for Epic Games (developers of the global phenomenon, Fortnite).
Brad always wanted to be an entrepreneur. He grew up in a household that lived paycheck to paycheck, like most of America. He worked hourly service jobs as a grocery bagger, waiter, and handyman to pay for college, and felt the tough times when a parent lost a job and the good times when they were hired for another. His upbringing instilled a great appreciation for the direct impact successful businesses have on families and communities, part of what keeps him grounded with a deep sense of responsibility to all stakeholders involved in a business.
As an undergraduate at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, Brad found early success running a consulting firm where he and a few of his classmates helped small businesses. An analyst position at a fund presented itself post-university and allowed him to continue to pursue his passion of working on ideas with entrepreneurs. He fell in love with the investing side and spent the next 13 years working with and investing in entrepreneurs.
Since then, Brad has been involved in investing in over 40 growth stage businesses totaling over $2B in capital deployed and realizing over a dozen successful outcomes.
When Lightspeed approached Brad about helping build the firm’s growth practice, Brad viewed it as a once in a lifetime opportunity. He’s inspired by the task of bringing to Lightspeed his investment philosophies and a new set of skills, expertise, and capabilities to enable its existing portfolio companies to succeed. The opportunity to mentor and build the next generation of great investors and entrepreneurs is something Brad is passionate about, and why Lightspeed was such a good fit.
“Passion about ideas at scale and the change they can make on the world is what drives me,” said Brad. “I want to spend every waking hour working with people who feel the same. It is that passion that makes me tirelessly search out like-minded people to invest in and work with.” Brad prides himself on “being on 24/7” and considers himself a true service provider to management teams. He is allergic to investors who talk like robots about metrics and KPIs without context, and has a deep sense of responsibility to all those he works with.
“I want to be involved with companies that are going to be enduring, long-term brands in their categories,” said Brad. “I want to help build and be part of an organization capable of investing in as many of those types of companies as possible.”