Investing Profile

Brian Ascher(1)


Partner at Venrock l Early Stage Tech Investing

vcwaves.comMenlo Park, California
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Stanford University Graduate School of Business Network
Princeton University Network
Intuit Network
Venrock Network
Venrock Partner
$1M - $30.0M
CompanyStageDateRound SizeTotal Raised
Series AMar 2021$16M
Co-investors: Joe Raczka (York IE), Aditya Singh
Funding RoundApr 2019$27M
Venture RoundApr 2019$27M
Series BFeb 2015$20M
Series AMay 2014$12M
Co-investors: Roger Lee (Battery Ventures), Jeff Lieberman (Insight Partners), Rashmi Gopinath (B Capital Group), Rajeev Dham (Sapphire Ventures), Indranil Guha (Ridge Ventures (Formerly known as IDG Ventures USA)), Kirby Harris (Base Ventures), Andy Lefkarites (H.I.G. Capital)
Dynamic Signal
Series EFeb 2018$37M
Series DDec 2016$25M
Series CSep 2015$22M
Series BJul 2012$13M
Series AFeb 2011$8M
Co-investors: Ajay Chopra (Trinity Ventures), Scott Irwin (Rembrandt Venture Partners), Donald Tucker (DocuSign), Robin Murray (Adams Street Partners), Eric Ver Ploeg, Russ Fradin
Socrates.AI, Inc.
Seed RoundMar 2017$5M
Co-investors: Ludwig Schulze (Alumni Ventures Group)
Venture RoundSep 2016$10M
Series BJan 2015$13M
Co-investors: Joydeep Bhattacharyya (Canaan Partners), Ross Fubini (XYZ Venture Capital), Howard Hartenbaum (Lobby Capital)
Series BApr 2016$50M
Series AFeb 2015$20M
Co-investors: David Tisch (BoxGroup), Nihal Mehta (ENIAC Ventures), Jeremy Liew (Lightspeed Venture Partners), Adam Rothenberg (BoxGroup), Tim Young (ENIAC Ventures), Hadley Harris (ENIAC Ventures), Ryan Sarver (Redpoint Ventures), Quentin Clark (General Catalyst), Vic Singh (ENIAC Ventures), Arjun Sethi (Tribe Capital), Kevin Colleran (Slow Ventures), Amitt Mahajan (Presence Capital), Justin Caldbeck (Binary Capital), Scott Stanford (ACME Capital), Lee Linden (Quiet Capital), Rick Marini (Catapult Capital), Daniel Curran (Curran Rosschou Venture Capital), Matt Cheng (Cherubic Ventures), Sterling Witzke (Winklevoss Capital), Dave Morin (Offline Ventures), Alison Pincus, Mark Pincus, Joe Greenstein
Seed RoundNov 2015$2.5M
Co-investors: Brian O'Malley (Forerunner Ventures), Wesley Chan (FPV Fund), Kevin Talbot (Relay Ventures), Paul Judge (TechSquare Labs), Ben Lang, Erik Moore
Shift Messenger
Seed RoundMay 2015$1.5M
Co-investors: Homan Yuen (Fusion Fund)
"Intelligent Enterprise"--deeply understanding a business problem and making clever use of data in the background to provide a unique solution. FinTech--providing a better value to consumers for financial services by removing intermediaries IoT--beautifully designed products that invent a new category, or re-invent a sleepy one Robotics--machines that yield a massive performance advantage not just replace labor "Frontier"--any crazy idea that can create a new market and make life better
I focus more on application layer than deep infrastructure. Also more interested in "brave new world" ideas than threading the needle in a crowded market.
Consultant Monitor GroupPresent
Partner Venrock1998 - Present
Senior Product Manager Intuit1995 - Present
Associate Robertson Stephens1994 - 1994
Stanford University Graduate School of Business MBA Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Princeton University BA Biology, Economics, Magna cum laude