Jana Messerschmidt, Jana Lightspeed, was born on February 12, 1979 in Chicago, IL. She attended Midwestern Central High School in Manito, IL. Messerschmidt is college educated. Jana Lightspeed received her bachelor’s degrees in Engineering and Computer Engineering at University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign in 2001.
Right after graduating from college, Jana Messerschmidt worked for a few years at AT&T before taking a position at DIVX in 2005. Messerschmidt was Senior Manager of Global Accounts at DIVX for two years. In 2007, Messerschmidt accepted the Director of Strategic Accounts at Smart Drive Systems for two years. In 2009, Netflix tapped Messerschmidt for their Director of Business Development. In November 2010, Messerschmidt became the Vice President of Global Development for Twitter. She held the Vice Presidency position for six years before moving on again. In 2015 before leaving Twitter, Messerschmidt helped found #Angels and is a partner. #Angels is a company she still works at to this day. #Angels is a senior operating investment company, helping companies in the early stages of development. Already, #Angels is helping 50 companies. Since 2018, Jana Messerschmidt is an investor for Lightspeed Venture Partners.
Lightspeed Ventures Partners, located in Menlo, California, has 11 to 50 employees. This company helps startup companies that manufacture computers and various software. Jana Messerschmidt is an investor who collectively raised $4 million. She makes her home in San Francisco, Calif. Lightspeed takes a startup company from seed to thriving company. Founded in 2000, Lightspeed partnered with 300 companies to build them up. One third of these partnered companies are women owned. More than 50 companies invested in Lightspeed Ventures Partners to help them to help other companies.
Jana Messerschmidt married David Richter on August 27, 2011. Richter is the chief strategic officer at Say Media. The couple has a daughter.