Mercedes Bent is a Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, a venture capital firm based in the Bay Area. At Lightspeed she invests in consumer, fintech, EdTech and US/LATAM. She is invested in and work with companies including Forage, StoriCard, Outschool, Flockjay, FCFL, United Dwelling and Honeylove. Previously she served as an executive at a VR startup and a General Manager at General Assembly (acquired, 2018) where she oversaw a multi-million-dollar business line. She has an MBA and a Masters in Education from Stanford University and an AB from Harvard University. She serves as a board member for the non-profit Birthright AFRICA and in her free time she enjoys off-roading in her Jeep.