Career Principles and EdTech Trends

Mercedes Bent | Lightspeed Ventures Partner
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About this masterclass

The power of identity and the role of relatable mentors

Frameworks for address the career discovery landscape

Trends and the next wave of EdTech

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Mercedes Bent

Mercedes’ path to VC is a true convergence of her life experiences — a childhood surrounded by inventors, studies at Harvard and Stanford, finance roles at the Federal Reserve and Goldman, and managing P&L at startups in VR and EdTech, and her long-term goal of empowering communities she cares about. She began her venture capital career at Owl Ventures before joining Lightspeed’s consumer investing team in 2019.

A member of Lightspeed’s consumer investing team, Mercedes is primarily focused on investing in edtech/future of work, fintech, and consumer products. She has a MBA and Masters in Education from Stanford University and an AB from Harvard University. Outside of work, she mentors founders as part of the Stanford Latino Internship Initiative, serves as a board member for the non-profit Birthright AFRICA, enjoys walks longer than 20 NYC blocks and off-roading in her Jeep. She also loves to deal playing cards very, very fast.