Jana Messerschmidt studied at the University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign, and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in electrical and computer engineering in 2001. She has previously worked with Twitter and Netflix, as well as Smart Drive Systems. In these companies, Jana held management positions in the areas of sales and marketing, business development, as well as engineering. At Netflix, she served as the director of business development and later on as the VP of the global business development platform at Twitter.
At Twitter, Jana was responsible for ensuring twitter partnerships, improving relations, and developing practical and effective marketing strategies. As the director of business development at Netflix, Jana’s tasks include sorting and working on partnerships involving mobile and electronics. She has also worked diligently with other companies such as Accompany Firm, Advisor, and DivX, Global Accounts’ Senior Manager.
In 2015, Jana co-founded Angels alongside several other current and former Twitter female executives. The professionals came together to invest in startups. The primary goal of Angels Investment Company was to grow the participation of women in startups. Jana Messerschmidt is also an investor and a partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners Company. An enterprise firm, Lightspeed deals in consumer space enterprises and technology products/solutions. Established in 2000, the company specializes in debt financing for growth companies and startups. Thanks to Jana Lightspeed commitment and contentment, and that of other associates, the company has experienced tremendous expansion. It has its presence across the globe, including China and Japan.
Having worked in several organizations, and at different capacities, Jana Messerschmidt has extensive experience as well as quality skills to steer any company towards success. As such, the Jana Lightspeed Advisory role has gone a long way in helping the firm develop innovative business ideas that have not only brought about growth but also facilitated the development of creative solutions. Lightspeed has been generating increasing revenue which has greatly assisted in its global expansion.