Hi all! I’m Ashley Mayer, the co-founder and GP of Coalition Operators, an early stage venture fund and operator network that I started with three friends.
We’re massive believers in the value operators can bring to early stage startups as investors and advisors, and equally passionate about the benefits of that learning and cap table exposure when it comes to growing your career beyond your core job. That was the inspiration behind Coalition Fund I, where we back early stage startups with capital and expertise from active founders and operators (my co-founders are part time on Coalition, full-time as the founders and CEOs of Cityblock Health, Tribe AI, and Umbrella, which was acquired by IAC). And with the Coalition Network, we’re building the on-ramp and routing system to connect world class women operators with early stage cap tables at scale through a novel economic model (no personal capital required) and our partnerships with top VC firms. Operators in the Coalition Network are senior leaders and founders at companies like Airtable, Brex, Chief, Figma, Notion, OpenAI, Ro, Shopify, Solv, Stripe, Vanta and many more.
The first era of my career was in communications. I joined Box early on, when it was just 50 employees, and led global communications there for six years, through an IPO. My whole world was Box and enterprise software, so for my next role, I wanted to zoom out and get an ecosystem view. I joined Social Capital as its first marketing partner, where I helped launch new capital products (including capital-as-a-service and the SPAC that kicked off the SPAC craze…oops?) and worked with founders spanning healthcare, aerospace, climate, fintech, enterprise and education.
I then joined Glossier to lead communications over three years, two unicorn rounds of funding, and one pandemic. I learned a ton about consumer audiences and how people respond to women in positions of power (I recently wrote a response to the book about Emily Weiss, Glossier’s CEO). It was while I was at Glossier that I caught the angel investing bug, which was the gateway to my accidental pivot to investing full-time.
I started my career in San Francisco, and moved to New York City in 2018 for Glossier. I love both startup ecosystems—they’re so different! During my downtime, I’m a voracious reader (90% fiction), enjoy drawing for relaxation, and love hanging out with my dog.
Ask me anything about venture capital, angel investing, taking a “portfolio approach” to your career, startup communications, building a profile as a female leader, Twitter (RIP), making a career pivot, IPOs, book recommendations, or anything else!