Justin OverdorffPartner at Lightspeed Venture Partners
As a Fintech junkie with a product-focused passion for tech, Justin understands the true value of innovation and how it can serve as a major impetus for change. Entering VC from a broad background in business development and operating roles across Marketplaces, SaaS, and Fintech, Justin joined Lightspeed in 2021, based in our New York City office, to help lead the team’s Fintech practice and build on its portfolio investments in iconic companies like Affirm and Carta. Previously, as a business development executive at Stripe, Justin catalyzed some of the company’s most impressive partnerships, including WooCommerce, Xero, Amazon, and Facebook. His experience at Stripe stoked Justin’s passion for Fintech and the constraints of creative problem-solving in a regulated industry. His product-first strategic thinking helped him lead a small team that incubated Stripe Capital from what began as an internal memo to the initial product launch. After Stripe, Justin began investing his own time and money into seed-stage startups, such as Lithic, Alloy, Orum, Moov, Stir, and Puzzle. He brings a unique combination of skills to founders. He specializes in taking on the big hairy problems no one else is willing to tackle. He has the rare ability to understand technical and regulatory constraints early and help identify and fill gaps – this can be everything from helping with customer positioning, all the way to problem discovery and helping find and close key early hires.