BJ Lackland joined Lighter Capital as CEO in 2012. BJ has spent his career working with emerging technology companies as an operating executive and investor. He has been a venture capitalist, the CFO of a public technology company, an angel investor, and a senior finance and marketing leader at tech startups. Before joining Lighter Capital, BJ was a consultant to early stage technology companies, an active member of the Northwest Energy Angels, and the CFO of Power Efficiency Corporation, a publicly traded energy efficiency technology company. Earlier in his career, BJ spent five years as the Vice President and Director of Summit Energy Ventures, a venture capital fund focused on investments in energy technologies, where he completed numerous equity and debt investments in public and private companies. Before becoming a VC, BJ was the Director of Strategic Relations at EnCompass Globalization, a provider of software globalization and e-commerce services, and was the Director of Strategic Planning and Corporate Development at webStrategic, a business development software and consulting company. BJ also worked at The National Bureau of Asian Research, a bipartisan think tank focused on U.S. economic, political and security policy toward Asia. BJ received an MBA from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business, an MA in International Studies (China Studies) from the University of Washington’s Jackson School of International Studies, and a BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Claremont McKenna College.
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