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Sustainability
17
Dec
2014

How the Internet of Things Can Improve Environmental Sustainability

I’m a graduate of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell and sit on the board of Change is Simple, a non-profit devoted to educating the next generation to become thoughtful and aware of environmental issues and social responsibility. I also surf as frequently as possible, when I can find free time, literally immersing myself as often as
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16
Dec
2014

The new normal: Cloud, it’s not just early adopters anymore Part II

In our last blog post , we referenced an IDG study suggesting that in the past two years, the percentage of enterprises with either applications or infrastructure running in the cloud has gone from just 12 percent to an enormous 69 percent. This post will discuss why. Business Insider recently reported that a gigabyte’s worth of storage on a hard drive
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11
Dec
2014

The new normal: Cloud, it’s not just early adopters anymore: Part I

With last month’s sold out AWS re:Invent conference in Las Vegas and the jam-packed media frenzy around cloud industry announcements, it’s clear that “the cloud” continues to drive enormous PR and marketing spend. Conversations with IT decision makers across companies large and small, within many different industries, indicate that the level of adoption advanced significantly in 2014. Not only are
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10
Nov
2014

Why Early Stage Investing Continues to Excite

At Ascent, we firmly believe that the early stage is the ideal time to invest in emerging enterprise IT companies. Injecting capital during that sweet-spot inflection point  – after product or service development and initial customer feedback, but before the company has started to scale – can deliver high multiple returns when executed well. But that’s not to suggest it
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24
Oct
2014

Why We’re Watching the Bring Your Own App (BYOA) Trend

The BYOA movement continues to grow – both in enterprises worldwide and in social media. While Dropbox, Google Drive, OneDrive and others continue to proliferate as means for employees to work more productively, social mentions of BYOA have increased as well, according to the latest iteration of the Ascent Index. But is BYOA getting the level of attention it really
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B2B IT Forum 10.14.14
17
Oct
2014

Want to change the world? ‘Secure’ the Next Killer App in IoT

“What’s the next killer app in the Internet of Things?” It was the first of many topics of discussion at the Ascent B2B IT Forum in Cambridge on Tuesday night. In front of a packed house of nearly 200 attendees, panelists at “From Industry 4.0 to iWatch: The Internet of Things” suggested several groundbreaking ideas that might be in the
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14
Sep
2014

Announcing the October B2B IT Forum on the Internet of Things

Industry analysts have predicted 26 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020, creating a several trillion dollar market in Internet of Things (IoT) goods and services. With claims that this sector could usher in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it’s important to look beyond the hype and better define the opportunities and challenges presented by IoT. The widespread
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Planting Seeds
03
Sep
2014

Startup Success in Every Stage of Growth – Seed Stage

First of a three-part series from Luke Burns, offering observations on what makes a successful startup at every stage of growth. There might not be a better time to be an entrepreneur on the East Coast. Massachusetts companies raised over $1 billion (over 100 deals) in venture capital in Q2 of 2014, the state’s highest in three years, according to
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BYOD Social Mentions
26
Aug
2014

Ascent Index: BYOD

Our last BYOD Index in March 2013 might have represented the apex of BYOD hype. Back then, BYOD or “Bring your Own Device” mentions across social channels reached about 2,600 per day, with 80,000 mentions during the entire month. While BYOD wasn’t a new concept in March 2013, it was still a hot industry topic as even some of the
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08
Aug
2014

The Real Deal Surrounding Digital Currency

Last week, I attended the Digital Currencies Conference in NYC. Organized by American Banker, it’s a good conference to dig-in to digital currency as it has a more realistic bent and a good representation from banks and government regulators. Think less ‘Bitcoin bravado’ and more real details of how the underlying technologies could be integrated into the global financial system,
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