“I’ve followed an unconventional path and am drawn towards supporting founders who are unabashedly authentic to themselves. I root for those who don’t fit into cookie cutter molds of success.”
Lisa joined Lightspeed in 2022 as a Partner on the Enterprise team, focusing on early-stage investments in enterprise software. Her relationship with the firm dates back to 2019, when she participated in Lightspeed’s Scout Program and wrote early checks into enterprise software companies like Rutter and Secureframe and developed a passion for investing in early-stage, product-oriented founders.
Previously, Lisa was an Investor at Gradient Ventures where she invested in SaaS and fintech applications and before that, was the first business hire at Ramp and Atrium. At Ramp, she started and led business development and partnerships and helped ink their early channel, accounting and product partnerships. She helped build their business from pre-launch to $100mm in transaction volume. Earlier in her career, Lisa led business development at Atrium from 10 employees to more than 250. “Having helped scale startups from the very beginning, I empathize with the founding journey,” she says. “It’s also made me hone in on qualities I look for that set great teams apart from good teams: teams that possess a culture of high velocity product execution, trust and encouragement for risk taking, and low ego leadership.” Along the way and on the side, she’s been an active angel investor in many early-stage companies including Pave, Hightouch, and Unit.
Lisa was a competitive figure skater for over a decade, and she draws comparisons from her figure skating career to startup life. “Similar to operating an early-stage startup, success is heavily defined by the ability to bounce back after repeated failures and having the creativity to think outside the box.” It’s also led her to one of her greatest joys today, being on the other side as an ice skating coach.
When she’s not investing, advising, or coaching, Lisa enjoys spending time in nature, going to Barry’s Bootcamp with friends, and watching documentaries. Lisa started her career as a Product Manager at IBM, and earned a degree in Economics from Middlebury College.