G Squared Ascend I Inc.
- Technology, Software, Ecommerce, Mobility, Logistics, FinTech, Insurance, Media, Sustainability
Larry Aschebrook, Chairman
Mr. Aschebrook is the Founder and Managing Partner of G Squared. He is a member of the G Squared Executive Group and G Squared Investment Committee. Under the leadership of Mr. Aschebrook, G Squared has deployed over $2 billion in total capital since inception across several flagship funds, co-investment funds and separate managed accounts. Mr. Aschebrook has led or co-led every major investment of G Squared including but not limited to current holdings of 23andMe, Auto1, Blend, Bolt, Brex, Convoy, Coursera, Fast, Flexport, Revolut, Toast, Turo, and WeFox, as well as now notable public companies such as Asana, Dropbox, Jamf, Lemonade, Lyft, Meituan, Palantir, Peloton, Pinterest, Postmates, Snap, Spotify, Twitter and Uber among others. Having previously served on the boards of directors of numerous VC-backed businesses, Mr. Aschebrook oversees many of G Squared’s close ties to other top-tier venture funds. Prior to founding G Squared, Mr. Aschebrook owned multiple businesses and previously served as a Vice President level administrator for five large academic institutions including Arizona State University, at the time the largest university in the U.S. by student population. Mr. Aschebrook’s primary responsibility in these positions was development activity, such as raising funds from private and corporate donors. Over the course of his career, Mr. Aschebrook was responsible for overseeing hundreds of millions of dollars in grants, donations and sponsorships. He was also responsible for multi-million-dollar projects such as stadium naming rights, television and radio rights, as well as all revenue generation activities for athletics as Associate Athletic Director. During the same period, Mr. Aschebrook launched his first private investment partnership. Mr. Aschebrook earned his MBA from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Additionally, he earned a MS in Athletic Administration and a B.S. from the University of Wisconsin system.
Ward Davis, Chief Executive Officer and Director
Mr. Davis joined G Squared in July 2019, bringing nearly three decades of public equity market research and portfolio management experience to the organization. He has led several investments at G Squared with emphasis on certain Mobility 2.0/Logistics and Online Marketplace sectors. Mr. Davis holds extensive proficiency in evaluating business plans, appraising management teams, dissecting industry competitive dynamics and scrutinizing financials of publicly traded companies across a multitude of consumer and technology sectors. Over a 26-year career as an equity analyst, portfolio manager and business founder, Mr. Davis successfully led investment management organizations and teams through a multitude of business and market cycles. Additionally, over this time he evaluated and participated in hundreds of initial public offerings. Prior to joining G Squared, Mr. Davis was the Founder and Chief Investment Officer of Caerus Investors, a hedge fund focused on the broad consumer sector that launched in 2009. From 2002 to 2009, he was the co-Founder and co-Chief Investment Officer at Trivium Capital, a hedge fund focused on technology and consumer equities. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Davis was Managing Director at Chilton Investment Company where he headed the consumer sector team. He also served stints at Zweig DiMenna Associates and Massachusetts Financial Services as a senior equity analyst. Prior to his career in investment management, Mr. Davis spent five years at Matsushita Electric Industrial and was the first US employee working within the finance department at the company’s headquarters in Osaka, Japan.
Mr. Davis holds an MBA from The Tuck School at Dartmouth College and a BA in East Asian Studies from Washington and Lee University.
Tom Hoban, Chief Financial Officer
Mr. Hoban joined G Squared in February 2020 as Chief Operating Officer after spending the prior 29 years in the hedge fund industry managing the non-investment operations of multiple firms. He brings extensive experience in operations, accounting, compliance and investor relations having built both institutional infrastructure for a number of start-up firms and run the back-office for multi-billion dollar established managers. Prior to joining G Squared, Mr. Hoban was a founding partner and the Chief Operating Officer at Aravt Global, a growth-focused long/short equity hedge fund. Prior to Aravt, from 1993 to 2013 Mr. Hoban held senior operating and finance roles for several asset management firms including Vinik Asset Management, Signpost Capital, Sursum Capital Management, PilotRock Investment Partners, Chilton Investment Company and Tudor Investments. He started his career at Ernst & Young auditing hedge funds and commodity trading firms, including Tudor and Commodities Corporation.
Mr. Hoban graduated from Villanova University with a BS in Accountancy and is a registered CPA in New York State.
Thomas Evans, Board Member
Thomas R. Evans serves as a director of Angie’s Home Services (NAS: ANGI) and Shutterstock, (NYSE: SSTK). Previously, Mr. Evans was the President and Chief Executive Officer of Bankrate, Inc. (NYSE: RATE), an internet publisher of consumer financial content and rate information from 2004 through 2013. In 2009, Mr. Evans took Bankrate through a $580 million go-private transaction with Apax Partners. Later, he led Bankrate through a $1.5 billion initial public offering. From 1999 to 2003, Mr. Evans served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Official Payments Corp. From March 1998 to June 1999, he was President and Chief Executive Officer of GeoCities Inc. We believe Mr. Evans’ public company board experience and chief executive experience make him well qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Mr. Evans holds a BA from Arizona State University.
Heather Hasson, Board Member
Heather Hasson is the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of FIGS. A serial entrepreneur with a background in design and luxury fashion, Heather has brought the healthcare workwear industry into the twenty-first century with technical products and an industry-shifting distribution model. Heather was selected as an Endeavor Entrepreneur in 2015. She won the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for the Greater Los Angeles Region in 2018. She was recognized as one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs’ Builders and Innovators Summit in 2018 and 2019 and was named Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Female Founders in 2019. Heather received the RxArt Foundation’s Innovation Award in 2019 and sits on the RxArt Board. Heather received her B.A. in Political Science from Wisconsin University. We believe Ms. Hasson unique entrepreneurial background make her well qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Ms. Hasson attended the Business School at University of Oxford and holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Lauri M Shanahan, Board Member
Lauri M. Shanahan serves as a director of Deckers Brands (NYSE: DECK), Treasury Wine Estates (ASX: TWE) and Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: FUN). She currently chairs Deckers’ Governance Committee and Cedar Fair’s Compensation Committee. Ms. Shanahan has over 25 years of executive, consulting and board leadership experience across a number of global consumer businesses as well as private, high-growth companies from a diverse array of industries. Ms. Shanahan was previously EVP, Chief Administrative Officer and Chief Legal Officer of Gap Inc., where she served on the Executive Leadership Team and was involved in leading the company’s domestic and global expansion. She was recognized as one of the “40 Most Influential People” of Gap Inc. during its first 40 years. We believe Ms. Shanahan’s deep experience in strategic planning, governance, sustainability, leadership development and executive compensation make her well qualified to serve on our board of directors.
Ms. Shanahan holds a BS in Finance from the University of Colorado and a JD from UCLA.