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: Aditya Singh
Funding RoundApr 2019$27M
Venture RoundApr 2019$27M
Series BFeb 2015$20M
Series AMay 2014$16M
Co-investors: Roger Lee (Battery Ventures), Rajeev Dham (Sapphire Ventures), Jeff Lieberman (Insight Partners), Rashmi Gopinath (B Capital Group), Andy Lefkarites (H.I.G. Capital), Indranil Guha (Ridge Ventures (Formerly known as IDG Ventures USA)), Kirby Harris (Base Ventures)
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), 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), Adam Rothenberg (BoxGroup), Ryan Sarver (Redpoint Ventures), Quentin Clark (General Catalyst), Jeremy Liew (Lightspeed Venture Partners), Kevin Colleran (Slow Ventures), Matt Cheng (Cherubic Ventures), Nihal Mehta (ENIAC Ventures), Amitt Mahajan (Presence Capital), Justin Caldbeck (Binary Capital), Scott Stanford (ACME Capital), Lee Linden (Quiet Capital), Tim Young (ENIAC Ventures), Hadley Harris (ENIAC Ventures), Rick Marini (Catapult Capital), Daniel Curran (040 Capital), Arjun Sethi (Tribe Capital), Dave Morin (Offline Ventures), Vic Singh (ENIAC Ventures), Sterling Witzke (Winklevoss Capital), Mark Pincus, Alison Pincus, Joe Greenstein
Seed RoundNov 2015$2.5M
Co-investors: Brian O'Malley (Forerunner Ventures), Kevin Talbot (Relay Ventures), Wesley Chan (FPV Fund), Paul Judge, Erik Moore, Ben Lang
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