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Alex joined Lightspeed in 2016 as a partner focused predominately on consumer technology. He led Lightspeed's investments in Faire, Zola, and Daily Harvest, as well as several unannounced digital media businesses. He also has a strong interest in aerospace and led Lightspeed's investment in Vector.
Prior to joining Lightspeed, Alex spent nearly 7 years at venture firm Highland Capital Partners, first in Boston and then in Silicon Valley. He initially apprenticed to one of the firm's founders and worked closely with several startups which later IPO'd (2U:TWOU, IMPR:Imprivata/Vista, Carbon Black:CBLK) or were acquired successfully (Vertica/HP, Streambase/TIBCO). Alex also led or co-led the firm's investments in a number of consumer commerce and digital media startups in Silicon Valley, including thredUP, Jaunt, and RentJuice/Zillow. In addition, Alex led Highland's flagship summer program for student founders, which mentored companies like Cloudflare, Handy, and Wildfire/Google from inception.
Alex studied physics at Harvard College, where he graduated summa cum laude (top 5%). He then received an MS in materials engineering at MIT where he conducted research at the intersection of the fields of optical and magnetic devices. Alex also received an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar (top 5%).
Alex writes frequently about the intersection of tech, commerce, and culture in his weekly-ish newsletter “Drinking from the Firehose” (www.tinyletter.com/ataussig (http://www.tinyletter.com/ataussig). He lives in San Francisco with his wife and two children and enjoys exploring the unique culinary and cultural identities of the city.