Natalie joined Lightspeed in 2018 as a Partner and leads investments in early and growth-stage startups, with a focus on Enterprise and FinTech. Natalie was actively involved in making Lightspeed’s investments in Epic Games, Finix, Shipper, Seismic, and ezCater, as well as follow-on investments in BetterUp, TripActions, and Blend Labs.
Natalie has empathy for founders having experienced entrepreneurship first-hand. Natalie spent the 2000s working for her family’s import tea business in San Francisco. “I have a deep appreciation for entrepreneurs who hustle and build enduring companies,” says Natalie. “In addition to being a capital partner, I enjoy working with founders as a thought partner and service provider.”
Natalie began her career as an early-stage investor at Y Combinator. She was tapped by YC Co-founder Jessica Livingston in 2013 to establish the sourcing framework for founders in university ecosystems when YC batches were 30 companies in size. Natalie also worked with YC Admissions on sourcing founders in research labs and frontier technology.
Before her career in VC, Natalie served as an investment banker, growth equity investor, and product manager which contributed to her helping build Lightspeed’s foundation for evaluating growth-stage investments. Natalie worked at Qatalyst Partners, where she executed multi-billion dollar tech M&A transactions. Natalie also spent time at Accel-KKR, where she sourced software growth equity investments, and at Microsoft as a Product Manager for Outlook and OneDrive.
A San Francisco native, Natalie graduated from Stanford with a Bachelor’s degree in Materials Science Engineering and a Master’s degree in Management Science & Engineering. Outside of Lightspeed, you can find Natalie in the ring boxing, doing Muay Thai kickboxing, or exploring a hiking trail in the Bay Area.