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Meet Ashley Ko: The Fast Interview

Ashley Ko, Account Manager at Fast

Ashley Ko

Role: Account Manager

Team: Growth Account Management

Talk about your background leading up to Fast.

I'm from Southern California and went to UCLA. I used to work at a company called Lever. They're a recruiting tool that helps people build relationships.

How did you learn about Fast, and why did you say yes?

So Lever is a great tool for high-growth companies looking to quickly hire the best people. They work with some of the coolest companies, and Fast actually uses Lever. So that's how I found out about it. It seemed like such a cool company and really unique in the tech space. Finally, a product that my mom, not in tech, understands! Most startups sell to other startups, while Fast is something that literally everyone needs.

Where did you grow up, and what were you like as a child?

Orange County, California! And I was exactly how I am now – usually smiling, talking, and extremely clumsy. I've been called the Master of Disaster. I liked, and still like, cartoons, anime and still can consume insane amounts of peanuts.

What was your first job ever?

I was a tutor for kids learning algebra. I love kids, and I love helping people. Babysitting was probably my second, but my family never paid me for that. A labor of love.

What career path did you almost take?

I didn't really have an idea of what I was doing or where I was going half the time, but I did study biology in college. In another life, I would have loved to be a marine biologist. I love the ocean.

What app on your phone do you use the most?

iMessage, 10,000%.

Who’s your favorite TV or film character?

Princess Mononoke. She's a character from a Studio Ghibli film, and it tells a great story about how humanity and the environment struggle to coexist. Definitely recommend! And even though it was released in 1997, its conversation is still incredibly relevant.

What was the last show you binged? What’s the verdict? Do you recommend it?

I've never seen “Friends.” Currently binging! I'm on season 3 already.

What personal goal would you like to achieve in the next five years?

I would love to learn to read and speak Korean fluently. I was lucky to have Korean grandparents that could communicate in English, but that made me lazy in learning the language. I think there is so much power in words, and I know it would make my family so happy if I did take the time and effort to learn it.

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