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10
Mar
2017

Getting in the Game: An Insider’s Guide to Breaking into the Venture Capital World

Venture capital remains an unfamiliar world to many – but it’s not for lack of interest. For those following or involved in the tech space, it’s almost impossible not to wonder what happens in the VC world, since so many emerging companies depend on VC dollars. Despite the air of mystery surrounding it, the VC world is far from an
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14
Feb
2017

Leading with Love vs. Fear in Business [Valentine’s Day edition]

There are many ways to lead a successful business. Often, when thinking about leadership, we conjure up images of Wall Street’s Gordon Gecko who famously said, “It’s not about the people. It’s about the game.” That said, there exists an endless variety of leadership styles and philosophies – some more successful than others. This topic was a point of discussion
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13
Feb
2017

The Convergence of Digital and Physical Customer Interactions in Today’s On-Demand Economy

My partners and I had a fantastic dinner in Boston’s North End a few weeks ago with seven of our portfolio CEO’s that lead companies in the marketing tech category of enterprise technology. The food and wine were great, and the discussion even better. In addition providing an update on Ascent’s activities and investing thesis, we facilitated a discussion amongst
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31
Jan
2017

The State of Boston Innovation: Poised for the Future

The recent State of the City address, delivered by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, projected progress in a city that’s as strong as ever, with increasing opportunity. He talked about the addition of 60,000 jobs over the past three years, an unemployment rate of just 2.4 percent (the lowest on record), and making Boston Public Schools the best they’ve ever been
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25
Jan
2017

A Year in Review – A Look Back on our Portfolio Companies’ Successful 2016

It’s been a busy year here at Ascent and we’d like to take a moment to look back at 2016 and recognize the accomplishments achieved by our portfolio companies throughout the year. From impressive rounds of funding, to new partnerships and platform launches, 2016 proved a very successful year. Below are some of the highlights: ClickFox, the creator of the
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12
Dec
2016

Ascent B2B IT Forum – Next-Gen Enterprise Tech: How AR & VR are Pushing New Boundaries

2016 marked the year that augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) made it out of research and development labs and became a consumerized – and widely recognized – technology. In fact, Gartner’s latest emerging technologies Hype Cycle plots AR and VR on the “Slope of Enlightenment,” and IDC forecasts worldwide AR/VR revenues to reach $162 billion in 2020 from $5.2 billion
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10
Nov
2016

Next-Gen Enterprise Tech: How AR & VR Are Pushing New Boundaries

Augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) are arguably technology’s next big thing. Recent research from IDC reports the AR/VR market will reach $162 billion within four years, representing an impressive 181.3 percent compounded annual growth rate. Additionally, Gartner’s latest emerging technologies Hype Cycle plots AR and VR on the “Slope of Enlightenment.” AR and VR are making a lot of
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27
Oct
2016

Demystifying the “black box”: a look at hiring in the VC world

Last week, we announced that Baiyin Zhou joined Ascent Venture Partners as our newest senior associate. This is particularly exciting because adding to our team is the most important thing we do – and it’s not something we do often. Baiyin is our first new investment team member in 10 years. At Ascent, we treat hiring very seriously, and our
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13
Oct
2016

Why I Joined Ascent Venture Partners

Hi everyone! Yet another VC hiring announcement coming your way… I’ve joined the Ascent Venture Partners team as a Senior Associate! It’s only been a month but I can already tell I’m surrounded by a top notch team of smart and caring people. Actually, there’s more to my joining than meets the eye. Ascent hasn’t hired any investment team members
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20
Sep
2016

Why we invested in Promoboxx

Last week we announced our participation in a new round of funding for Boston-based Promoboxx. We found the team’s deep industry knowledge and focus, combined with the sizeable opportunity in front of them, to be very compelling. What further differentiates Promoboxx is its impressive success generated from only a modest seed round of capital and organic revenue growth. We are
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