Brian Ascher joined Venrock in 1998 as a Kauffman Fellow and is currently a Partner based in Venrock’s Palo Alto office.
Brian invests broadly across Enterprise and FinTech and currently serves on the Board of Directors of several companies including 6Sense, Auditoria.ai, Firstup, Nightfall, Socrates.ai, SmartBiz Loans, and INRIX. Past investments include Personal Capital (acquired by Empower Financial), Vocera (NYSE:VCRA), ADiFY (acquired by Cox Enterprises), DATAllegro (acquired by Microsoft), Atrenta (acquired by Synopsys), Redbeacon (acquired by Home Depot), Tudou (acquired by Youku), RelayHealth (acquired by McKesson) and Unicru (acquired by Kronos).
Prior to Venrock, Brian was a Senior Product Manager at Intuit responsible for Quicken and Quicken.com, and earlier in his career was a Strategy Consultant at the Monitor Group. Brian has been named to the Forbes Midas List multiple times. Brian received his B.A. from Princeton University and his M.B.A. from Stanford University Graduate School of Business.
Prior board seats: Personal Capital, Evident.io, Velocloud, Vocera, Atrenta, SlideShare, Tudou, Red Beacon, Adify, Datallegro, Unicru, WineryExchange
Russell D. Fradin has agreed to serve as a member of our board of directors. Mr. Fradin is a technology founder, executive and investor who has been working across the startup industry since 1996. Based in Silicon Valley, Mr. Fradin currently serves as Chairman of Dynamic Signal, a business he founded and ran as CEO for ten years, and Vice Chairman of Carbon Health. He previously served as a director for TubeMogul until 2016 and as a director for comScore until 2017. Prior to founding Dynamic Signal, Mr. Fradin was an early employee at the first online advertising network, Flycast Communications, which went public in the late 1990’s before being acquired by CMGI. He was also a pre-launch executive at comScore and Wine.com, as well as the founder and CEO of Adify, which he sold to Cox Enterprises in 2008. Mr. Fradin is an active angel investor, working with companies including Chime, Carbon Health, Funzio (acquired), LiveRamp (acquired), Milo (acquired), Playdom (acquired), Smarterer (acquired) Snappy.tv (acquired), Stance, Trunkk Club (acquired) and Udemy. He has served on two public boards, ten private boards and is also on the board of CoachArt, a non-profit in California. Mr. Fradin holds a B.S. in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
We believe Mr. Fradin’s significant investment and business management experience make him well qualified to serve as a member of our board of directors.