Dec. 17, 2021

#73 Mercedes Bent of Lightspeed: My Favorite Books, Tools, Habits, and More | 20 Minute Playbook

#73 Mercedes Bent of Lightspeed: My Favorite Books, Tools, Habits, and More | 20 Minute Playbook

In Episode #73, we deconstruct Mercedes Bent's peak performance playbook—from her favorite book to the tiny habit that's had the biggest impact on her life. Mercedes is the Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners. We cover shortening the learning cycle, managing through uncertainty, and cultivating happiness.


In Episode #73, we deconstruct Mercedes Bent's peak performance playbook—from her favorite book to the tiny habit that's had the biggest impact on her life. Mercedes is the Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners. We cover shortening the learning cycle, managing through uncertainty, and cultivating happiness.

“As the world is changing faster and faster, one of the things we need as any professional to get better at is to improve the speed at which you are able to learn about new things, because the world ain't changing any slower.” – Mercedes Bent

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CHAPTERS

In this episode, we deconstruct Mercedes Bent's peak performance playbook—from her favorite book to the tiny habit that's had the biggest impact on her life. In it we cover:

  • (00:00:00) – Introduction
  • (00:01:22) – The path from working in startups to funding them
  • (00:03:44) – Connecting the undertones of pop culture to investing
  • (00:06:09) – Managing through uncertainty, being knowable, and networking
  • (00:09:26) – Shortening the learning cycle and cultivating happiness
  • (00:12:16) – Learnings from two Masters’ degrees
  • (00:17:55) – Communicating with founders through Discord, Telegram, and WhatsApp
  • (00:19:47) – Living with no regrets and wisdom from Beyonce

 

ABOUT MERCEDES BENT

Mercedes Bent is a Partner at Lightspeed Venture Partners, where she focuses on consumer and FinTech early-stage businesses, including forage, Stori, Flink, and Outschool. She was previously Vice President at Upload, a news and education provider in the VR space, General Manager and Product Manager at General Assembly, and a Financial Analyst at Goldman Sachs. She has degrees from Harvard and Stanford GSB, and served on the Board of Birthright AFRICA.

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