Mark Zuckerberg’s recent public embrace of the metaverse has gotten a lot of people talking about virtual 3D worlds. The buzzword has been all the rage the last few months.

I’ve chuckled a few times at the resurgence of the term. Five years ago I worked in the VR industry…


I caught up with Lightspeed Scout Wifredo “Wifi” Fernández about his journey to VC and advice for aspiring investors. This is a continuation of Lightspeed’s “Scout Spotlight” series showcasing our amazing Scouts, what they care about, and some lessons learned along the path to venture.

Me: Let’s start with who…


This was first published in Business Insider — read it here

This is an extension of my #FMB “Founders are Made, not Born: How Founders Become Learning Animals” series, based on my Stanford Masters of Education research.


I caught up with Lightspeed Scout Tina Fitch about her journey to VC and advice for aspiring investors. This is a continuation of Lightspeed’s “Scout Spotlight” series showcasing our amazing Scouts, what they care about, and some lessons learned along the path to venture.

Me: Let’s start with who you…


By Mercedes Bent and Will Kohler

Flink’s financial world

We’re thrilled to announce that Lightspeed is leading the $57M Series B of Flink, the leading neobroker in México. Flink surpassed 1M brokerage accounts earlier this year after launching their brokerage product in the summer of 2020.

We first met the Flink team the…


I caught up with Lightspeed Scout Chase Emanuel about his journey to VC and advice for aspiring investors. This is a continuation of Lightspeed’s new “Scout Spotlight” series showcasing our amazing Scouts, what they care about, and some lessons learned along the path to venture.

Me: Let’s start with who…


Announcing Forage’s $25M Series B led by Australia’s premiere VC fund, Blackbird

Founders Pasha Rayan (left) and Thomas Brunskill (right)

By Mercedes Bent & Alex Taussig

We couldn’t be prouder of the team at Forage as they announce the closing of their $25M USD Series B round, led by our friends at Blackbird, Australia’s premiere VC fund. We first invested in the Australian-founded Forage a year ago as the pandemic’s…


Image Source

In May of 2021, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said he expected all schools to reopen their doors this fall. It seemed like our massive national experiment in home schooling was just about over.

But there are many signs that changes in education driven by the lock down are likely to…


I caught up with Lightspeed Scout Sydney Sykes about her journey to VC and advice for aspiring investors. This is a continuation of Lightspeed’s new “Scout Spotlight” series showcasing our amazing Scouts, what they care about, and some lessons learned along the path to venture.

Me: Let’s start with who…


The road from idea to acquisition often takes unexpected twists and turns. Betty Labs’ Howard Akumiah knows this as well as anyone.

When his live audio platform for sports conversations, Locker Room, was acquired by Spotify last March, it was the culmination of a tumultuous three-year journey.

As a young…

Mercedes Bent

Hard work is never overrated. Always curious.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store