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Mercedes Bent
Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners


Mercedes Bent is a Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, a multi-stage venture capital firm with offices around the world. She is passionate about working with founders in the EdTech, FinTech, and Consumer spaces, and with diverse founders in any industry. Mercedes blends her experience as a former operator with the lessons she learned from her grandparents at an early age about the importance of education and financial inclusion. Through her investment decisions, her focus is on educating the public on how the FinTech sector can be more diverse and inclusive, how innovative EdTech changes lives, and founder growth and psychology. At Lightspeed, she’s currently invested in companies such as Stori, Forage, Outschool, and Flockjay.

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 was named a 40 under 40 for Tech Diversity.