Craig Asher has many passions inside and outside the work place. But Asher’s current passion is finding great opportunities to invest in for his firm, Trancos Ventures…. His day and night revolve around making the goals for his portfolio companies into a tangible and profitable reality.
Previous to founding Trancos, Asher co-founded, and is still a partner at, Vital Venture Capital. Vital has helped achieve success for companies such as: QuantaLife, Circadence Corporation, 10X Genomics, Twist Bioscience, HealthTell, AxioMx, Verodin, Booker Software, Shoefitr, Halfpenny Technologies, and several more.
Before launching into the field of investing, Craig was a senior software product manager in the nascent field of big data at IBM/Trigo Technologies and at Commerce One. Preceding his work in software development, Craig was a consultant at Andersen Consulting (now Accenture). He started his career as a manufacturing engineer. His customers in software and consulting included pharmaceutical manufacturers, pharmaceutical distributors, pharmacies, consumer packaged goods manufacturers, aerospace manufacturers, semiconductor manufacturers, and large retailers.
Asher did his undergraduate work at Stanford University, and completed his MBA and Masters in Industrial Engineering at Northwestern University.
His pastimes include travel, foreign languages, history, and his long-enduring studies towards a masters degree in biochemistry and bioinformatics. Always moving at high speed, Asher’s favorite hobby is running and he is proud to say that he has made tracks in 28 countries so far.