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Lightspeed Venture Partners

Carolina Huaranca Mendoza is currently a scout for Lightspeed Venture Partners and serves on the Board of Directors for Latinas in Tech, a network of 10,000 Latinas worldwide. She was a former Principal & Director of LP Investments at Kapor Capital, an early stage seed fund. Carolina originally joined Kapor Capital as a Principal in 2016 and while there she was a generalist investor, but had a particular interest in the future of work, future cities, logistics, and education. During her last year investing at Kapor Capital she helped devise an investment strategy to deploy capital in emerging fund managers. This strategy resulted in investments in Equal Ventures and Operator Collective. Prior to becoming a Principal, she was an Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) at Kapor working on a edtech platform for teacher professional development.

She began her technology career as a Sales & Product Marketing Manager at SchoolNet; which was sold to Pearson for $230M. In 2012, she founded Spriggle, a marketplace that helped parents identify STEM inspired products for children ages 3-9.

Carolina also has a personal interest in angel investing in Latin American based tech startups given that her family hails from the region. In order to ensure even more diverse founders have access to different capital sources she is also a Venture Partner at Republic, an investment crowdfunding platform that allows users to easily invest in startups.

To date, she has shared her investment experience on over 50 stages, including SXSWEdu, Aspen Institute Latinos & Society Program, SOCAP, LTX Fest, and NPR: How I Built this Summit. Carolina has also been recognized by Hispanics in Philanthropy (HIP) as a Latino Leader and Cosmo Latina Fearless Award Winner alongside Jessica Alba. She has also been featured in TechCrunch, CNN Money, SF Chronicle, and USA Today.

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