Partner, Executive Talent

Brian Kasser

Having spent the majority of my life here in the Silicon Valley, I truly understand the mindset and motivations of the technology industry’s entrepreneurial executive.

As Lightspeed’s head of executive talent, Brian is an invaluable resource to the firm. Our portfolio companies are only as strong as the men and women who lead them. And because Brian was raised in Menlo Park and later spent 13 years here as a senior recruiter in the executive-search industry, he’s in a unique position to evaluate the skills, leadership, and culture fit of these executives for our entire Lightspeed portfolio.

“Having spent the majority of my life here in the Silicon Valley, I truly understand the mindset and motivations of the technology industry’s entrepreneurial executive. Witnessing my hometown grow first hand from the time I was in school, it’s hard not to be awed by the incredible things these executives have done to build our industry over so many years.”

Brian has been in the business of high-stakes matchmaking for years, with the mission of bringing the right talent to the right company at the right time. Since 2003, when he began his executive-search career at Russell Reynolds Associates, he’s placed hundreds of leaders within technology companies, with a significant focus on CEO, president, and board-level assignments, as well as senior-level sales, finance, marketing, and technology functions.

“This ‘people’ role with Lightspeed is a powerful way to use my years of Silicon Valley executive-search experience, combined with my deep network of influencers and innovators, for the benefit of all our Lightspeed portfolio companies. I get a unique opportunity with so many of our company founders and leaders to help them think through, and then build out, their world-class management teams.”

Prior to joining the executive search industry, Brian was a senior M&A professional in the investment banking industry. He worked at Salomon Brothers, Lehman Brothers, and Thomas Weisel Partners, where he joined at the firm’s launch.

Brian received his undergraduate BA degree in economics from Vanderbilt University, where he played varsity football for two seasons and also served as the interfraternity council president his senior year. After undergrad, he earned his MBA degree in finance from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.