Lightspeed Hires Microsoft’s John W. Thompson as Venture Partner

Microsoft Chairman John W. Thompson is joining Silicon Valley’s Lightspeed Venture Partners as a partner. The announcement, which came at the end of April, makes the IT executive one of the most prominent African American venture capitalists. Thompson took over as Chairman of the Redmond, WA-based legacy tech titan in 2014, when co-founder Bill Gates stepped down from the position.