Nicole Quinn from Lightspeed on the effects of protective measures


“I am an extrovert, so I definitely get energy when I meet people in person.”

Lightspeed last week Venture Partners announced it has closed $ 4.2 billion in new capital for three different funds – a $ 890 million early-stage risk fund, a $ 1.83 billion late-stage fund. Dollars and an “opportunity fund” of $ 1.5 billion.

With offices in the United States, China, India, Southeast Asia, the United Kingdom and Israel, the company undoubtedly has broad access to new business in the midst of a crisis. The question is how easy it will be to get these deals.

Speed ​​of Light Partner Nicole Quinn joined the company in 2016 to help build its consumer investment portfolio. Quinn’s investments include direct-to-consumer fashion company Rothy’s, celebrity shout-out platform Cameo, meditation app Calm, and liquor company Haus.

I spoke to Quinn last week about how her schedule is changing, who she’s talking to, and where she plans to invest next.

This conversation has been edited for length and clarity.

TechCrunch: What is your schedule today? How much have things changed?

Nicole Quinn: My schedule has certainly changed; I spend a lot more time with portfolio companies. It’s about thinking through unknown waters, and we’re thinking about all of these aspects because we encourage them to make sure they’re in the strongest position they can be in. After that, make sure you have a two-year runway, because who knows how long it will take – it is quite difficult to model a global pandemic.