PALO ALTO, Calif. – February 14, 2018 – Norwest Venture Partners, a premier multi-stage investment firm, today announced the promotion of Lisa Wu to partner on the venture capital team at Norwest. Lisa joined the firm in 2012, and focuses on consumer Internet, digital commerce, and next generation marketplace opportunities.
“Lisa has proven herself as a valuable asset to the firm with a natural instinct for finding and partnering with entrepreneurs at the forefront of innovation,” said Jeff Crowe, managing partner, Norwest Venture Partners. “We welcome Lisa to the partner team and look forward to her contributions for many years to come.”
Lisa spent the first part of her career at Norwest spearheading investments in the New York area, where she sourced Jet.com (acquired by Walmart.com for $3.3 billion). Lisa led Norwest’s investment in Ritual, a women’s health brand, and she was a major contributor to Norwest’s investments in Opendoor and Grove Collaborative. Lisa has played an active role in creating and driving Norwest’s CEO Impact Initiatives working with portfolio company CEOs. She has also been active in hiring and mentoring associates and interns at Norwest. In 2017, Lisa was recognized for her achievements in the Silicon Valley Business Journal’s annual 40 under 40 feature.
Previously, Lisa worked in Amazon.com’s Worldwide Corporate Development team. In this role, she identified and evaluated acquisition targets and strategic investments for Amazon and provided strategies for potential expansion. Prior to Amazon, Lisa worked at Bessemer Venture Partners, where she focused on consumer and SaaS investments. Earlier, she founded BANZAI! Fresh, a small business providing high-quality, nutritious foods to schools and hospitals in Northern California. She began her career in the investment banking group at Merrill Lynch.