Vice President

Stella Zhao

I believe in the power of technology and innovation, and I want my founders to be as curious about the world as I am.

Stella knows exactly what she wants. “I’m looking for founders who are always looking up at the starry sky while remaining down to earth,” she says. “I believe in the power of technology and innovation, and I want my founders to be as curious about the world as I am.”

Before joining Lightspeed in 2016, Stella was an instrumental part of the WeChat product team at Tencent. Prior to that, she led the mobile commerce team at Yihaodian after earning her BA in marketing from Shanghai University of Finance & Economics. Her experience working for both startups and mature companies has given her insight into the core operating models and strategies of companies at every development stage, as well as user demand and product experiences. And to a young entrepreneur, that knowledge is power.

But what’s most important for founders who are just getting their businesses off the ground? Stamina. “Starting a business or a venture capital investment are long practices,” she says. “Both entrepreneurs and investors need to have patience and long-term mentality.”