Natalie joined Lightspeed in 2018 to be one of the founding members of the firm’s growth investing practice. Natalie brings to Lightspeed a combination of early-stage investing experience, investment banking and M&A advisory in the technology industry, and an academic background in engineering. She focuses on partnering with scaling businesses in Enterprise IT, SaaS, and Internet.
Growing up in San Francisco in the ‘90s and 2000s, Natalie experienced the journey of entrepreneurs first-hand working at her family’s import tea business. Since grade school, she sold products at food & trade shows on the exhibition floor. To learn more about the trade, she handled the bookkeeping and enrolled in college math classes. From a young age, she constantly hustled and pushed boundaries.
Natalie’s curiosity for math, physics and entrepreneurship led her to Stanford, where she graduated with a BS in Materials Science Engineering and MS in Management Science & Engineering. Natalie sees the world through an analytical and engineering lens. As an investor, she thinks about how she can help advance technology by partnering with the brightest entrepreneurs.
Before joining Lightspeed, Natalie was at Y Combinator. Natalie initially got involved with YC during her undergraduate years when she was tapped to be the first ambassador to young entrepreneurs. She helped establish the early sourcing framework for founders in university ecosystems across the United States when YC batches were <50 companies each. After spending time as an investment banker to technology companies, Natalie consulted for YC Admissions on sourcing founders in research labs and emerging technology spaces.
In between her two stints at YC, Natalie was an investment banker at Qatalyst Partners, a technology-focused boutique firm in San Francisco. At Qatalyst, she worked on a number of M&A transactions in software, internet, and semiconductors. Natalie also spent time at Accel-KKR, where she helped source software companies for growth equity investments & buyouts. While living abroad in China, she had the opportunity to consult for ZhenFund, an early-stage venture capital firm in Beijing. Prior to her career in investing, Natalie was a product manager for Windows Apps at Microsoft in Seattle.
In her spare time, Natalie enjoys boxing, spending time with her family, and rooting for the Golden State Warriors.