We had a great conversation the other night to learn more about Ashley Flucas and her thoughts about investing. We got to know about Ashley’s personal life as she grew up in a small town in Florida. Ashley’s parents were pretty hands-off as a child and allowed her to tune in her ability to be a self-starter. But growing up, she saw the benefits of both going to college and getting the credentials (from her father) but also learned that hustling (from her step-father) accomplishes the same end goal just through a different path. She attended Duke for undergrad as a Poli-Sci major, and then went to Harvard Law School. As she structured her legal career path, she always kept investing in the back of her mind. With this in mind as she wanted to be close to investment deals, she determined that she needs to go into corporate law vs. court room law. She chose to work in Capital Markets, so she could work from anywhere in the world. So after law school, she moved to London for a couple of years, where she really discovered her love of traveling.
After that, she moved back to Florida in 2013 and looked up all the best legal recruiters in the area. She landed a job as a senior attorney. Two years later, she was promoted to General Counsel and Partner. She focuses on the creation of SPV’s for real estate purposes. In 2018, she decided to figure out venture capital as it’s been in the back of her mind. Within her role as a lawyer, she was already familiar with the legal documents surrounding venture capital deals. Now the focus was understanding “who the players are and what the language is.” She started investing in a more passive manner through syndicates. Even though, investment decisions were being made by the syndicate, she was still evaluating the deals. She began building her public profile through networking and rebranding. Her number one focus is relationships.
Watch the video below to hear Ashley’s opinion on how the venture capital ecosystem becomes more equitable and more.