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
$100K - $1M
CompanyStageDateRound SizeTotal Raised
Funding RoundApr 2019$27M
Series BFeb 2015$20M
Series AMay 2014$16M
Co-investors: Roger Lee (Battery Ventures), Rajeev Dham (Sapphire Ventures), Kirby Harris (Base Ventures), Indranil Guha
Socrates.AI, Inc.
Seed RoundMar 2017$5M
Dynamic Signal
Series DDec 2016$25M
Series CSep 2015$22M
Series BJul 2012$13.3M
Series AFeb 2011$8M
Co-investors: Ajay Chopra (Trinity Ventures), Scott Irwin (Rembrandt Venture Partners), Donald Tucker (Cisco Investments), Robin Murray (Adams Street Partners), Eric Ver Ploeg (DTCP), Russ Fradin
Venture RoundSep 2016$10M
Series BJan 2015$13M
Co-investors: Ross Fubini (XYZ Venture Capital), Howard Hartenbaum (Lobby Capital), Joydeep Bhattacharyya (Canaan Partners)
Series BApr 2016$50M
Series AFeb 2015$20M
Co-investors: Scott Stanford (Sherpa Ventures), Adam Rothenberg (BoxGroup), Ryan Sarver (Redpoint Ventures), Jeremy Liew (Lightspeed Venture Partners), Kevin Colleran (Slow Ventures), David Tisch (BoxGroup), Amitt Mahajan (Presence Capital), Justin Caldbeck (Binary Capital), Nihal Mehta (Eniac Ventures), Vic Singh (ENIAC Ventures), Lee Linden (Quiet Capital), Tim Young (ENIAC Ventures), Hadley Harris (ENIAC Ventures), Rick Marini (Catapult Capital), Arjun Sethi (Tribe Capital), Matt Cheng (Cherubic Ventures), Sterling Witzke (Winklevoss Capital), Mark Pincus, Dave Morin, Daniel Curran, Joe Greenstein
Seed RoundNov 2015$2.5M
Co-investors: Wesley Chan (Felicis Ventures), Brian O'Malley (Forerunner Ventures), Kevin Talbot (Relay Ventures), Erik Moore, Paul Judge
Shift Messenger
Seed RoundMay 2015$1.5M
Personal Capital
Series DOct 2014$50M
Series CJun 2013$25M
Series BAug 2011$15M
Co-investors: Jim Feuille (Crosslink Capital), Jay Reinemann (Propel Venture Partners), David Mort (Propel Venture Partners)
"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