Engineer Turned Business Woman Jana Messerschmidt

Jana is an engineer by profession although currently she is in the business world. Jana is currently an investor in Lightspeed Venture Partners. She attended University of Illinois for her Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Engineering from 1997 to 2001. This Jana Lightspeed Investor cum business advisor, still finds a way to join business, product and engineering. She boast of great expertise in digital & social media, enterprises, marketplace and platforms.

Jana’s career began when she was working in DivX, Inc. as a Senior Manager, Global Accounts. This was from 2005 to 2007. From 2007-2009, she worked in SmartDrive Systems, as a Director of Strategic Accounts. Starting January 2009 to November 2010, she joined Netflix as the Director, Business Development.

In 2010, Jana joined Twitter as the Vice President of Global Business Development & Platform up to 2016. Here, she led and managed over 150 people that were responsible for the Twitter’s global partnership strategy. The strategic partnerships targeted both consumers and enterprises. Her roles included; developer relationships, partner management, business development, platform developer marketing, account management & enterprise sales, partner engineering, technical program management and data science.

After the various jobs she had done, Jana had now gathered vast expertise in her field of computer engineering as well as business. So, she figured it was time to venture into entrepreneurship. In 2015 she joined #ANGELS as a founding partner. #ANGELS seeks to bring inject senior operating experience coupled with investment to upcoming businesses together with their teams. Their main agenda being to bring more women into successful startups.

In 2018 Jana was welcomed into Lightspeed Ventures as a partner. With the vast experience and expertise in global businesses in the tech field, Jana Lightspeed growth as a ventures being felt. Helping startups to incorporate technology in their businesses is all Jana Lightspeed seeks to do.