Seed to Harvest

Lightspeed Partner Mercedes Bent on Her Journey into Venture, Recommendations for Founders Raising in 2023, and Tips for Investors in the Current Market | Seed To Harvest Ep52

February 27, 2023 Paige Finn Doherty Episode 52
Lightspeed Partner Mercedes Bent on Her Journey into Venture, Recommendations for Founders Raising in 2023, and Tips for Investors in the Current Market | Seed To Harvest Ep52
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Lightspeed Partner Mercedes Bent on Her Journey into Venture, Recommendations for Founders Raising in 2023, and Tips for Investors in the Current Market | Seed To Harvest Ep52
Feb 27, 2023 Episode 52
Paige Finn Doherty

Today, I’m joined by Mercedes Bent, an investor on the early stage team at Lightspeed with a focus on consumer fintech/crypto in LATAM and the USA. She is an investor in Forage, Stori, Flink, Outschool, Beek, Magic Eden, Hawku, Fan Controlled Sports, and more. Mercedes co-leads Lightspeed’s LATAM region and the Scout Fund (angel fund). In 2016, she was named a 40 Under 40 for Tech Diversity in Silicon Valley. Previously, she was a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs in the Asset Management division on a private wealth team where she managed $1.75 billion in wealth for high net worth and institutional clients.

Seed to Harvest is a podcast focused on stories & tactics from a diverse array of investors, founders, and creators, hosted by Paige Finn Doherty, a founding partner at Behind Genius Ventures and author of Seed to Harvest, an illustrated children's book for adults.

Connect with Paige 🌱💜

Behind Genius Ventures blog | https://www.behindgeniusventures.com/

Personal Blog | https://paigefinndoherty.com/

Twitter | https://twitter.com/paigefinnn

00:00 Welcome to Seed To Harvest: Mercedes Bent
05:03 A change in perspective
10:09 Lessons from Jeremy Liew
15:39 Bringing emotion to work
20:04 Changes in the seed stage
25:20 Taking metrics out of the equation

Show notes:
Mercedes Bent | https://twitter.com/mercebent

Lightspeed | https://lsvp.com/

Goldman Sachs | https://www.goldmansachs.com/

Jeremy Liew | https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremyliew/

Alex Taussig | https://twitter.com/ataussig?lang=en

Nicole Quinn | https://twitter.com/Nik_Quinn

Beek | https://beek.io/en

Pamela Esteva | https://www.linkedin.com/in/pamelavaldesesteva/?originalSubdomain=mx

Show Notes

Today, I’m joined by Mercedes Bent, an investor on the early stage team at Lightspeed with a focus on consumer fintech/crypto in LATAM and the USA. She is an investor in Forage, Stori, Flink, Outschool, Beek, Magic Eden, Hawku, Fan Controlled Sports, and more. Mercedes co-leads Lightspeed’s LATAM region and the Scout Fund (angel fund). In 2016, she was named a 40 Under 40 for Tech Diversity in Silicon Valley. Previously, she was a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs in the Asset Management division on a private wealth team where she managed $1.75 billion in wealth for high net worth and institutional clients.

Seed to Harvest is a podcast focused on stories & tactics from a diverse array of investors, founders, and creators, hosted by Paige Finn Doherty, a founding partner at Behind Genius Ventures and author of Seed to Harvest, an illustrated children's book for adults.

Connect with Paige 🌱💜

Behind Genius Ventures blog | https://www.behindgeniusventures.com/

Personal Blog | https://paigefinndoherty.com/

Twitter | https://twitter.com/paigefinnn

00:00 Welcome to Seed To Harvest: Mercedes Bent
05:03 A change in perspective
10:09 Lessons from Jeremy Liew
15:39 Bringing emotion to work
20:04 Changes in the seed stage
25:20 Taking metrics out of the equation

Show notes:
Mercedes Bent | https://twitter.com/mercebent

Lightspeed | https://lsvp.com/

Goldman Sachs | https://www.goldmansachs.com/

Jeremy Liew | https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeremyliew/

Alex Taussig | https://twitter.com/ataussig?lang=en

Nicole Quinn | https://twitter.com/Nik_Quinn

Beek | https://beek.io/en

Pamela Esteva | https://www.linkedin.com/in/pamelavaldesesteva/?originalSubdomain=mx