The Investing Edge
of Enterprise IT


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17
Jul
2014

Anatomy of an Exit: Reflecting on StrikeIron’s Success

Ascent portfolio company StrikeIron was acquired by Informatica last month in what was a rewarding and positive outcome for all. Having worked closely with the company over the past seven years, I’d like to share my perspective on what the company accomplished over that period, and why it became an attractive target for acquisition. Based outside Durham, NC, StrikeIron had
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11
Jul
2014

Three Keys for Graduating Entrepreneurs

As we enter the middle of summer, new college graduates are setting out to change the world with their innovative ideas.  The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) projects 1,606,000 students at the bachelor’s degree level will graduate as the college Class of 2014. This year many of those students will choose to start their own companies, as entrepreneurship has
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23
Jun
2014

Video: Defining the Investing Edge of Enterprise IT

After 28 years and over 100 investments, we are as passionate as ever about our focus on early-stage enterprise IT venture investing and the continually changing landscape that creates new opportunities. We have created a brief video that captures the fundamentals of Ascent, and includes a few of the CEOs we have had the good fortune to work with discussing
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12
Jun
2014

Observations from TiECON East 2014

I attended TiECON East 2014 last month in Cambridge, and had the opportunity to speak on the Internet of Things (IoT) panel. TiECON East bills itself as the largest startup conference on the East Coast, and this year drew a crowd of more than 500 entrepreneurs. The IoT panel was an enjoyable and informative discussion; here are a few takeaways
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10
Jun
2014

Five Ways to Advance your Career with Modern Data Architecture

Guest post by Todd Christy, Slalom Consulting and member of Ascent’s Technical Advisory Board. What do flat tires and Hadoop have in common? If you’re one of the 75 million drivers covered by the largest US roadside services provider you may experience the real value of “big data” when your tow truck arrives promptly to swap your tire or fill your
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06
Jun
2014

Why Creativity is Essential to Data

There’s a common misconception that engineers and data scientists are “number crunchers,” and are not creative. They use the left side of their brains, as the popular opinion goes, to present stodgy, black-and-white data, trends, ideas, etc. The “creatives” reside on the other side of the company, immersed in the innovative and artistic work – design, music, advertising, PR, etc.
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23
May
2014

An Entrepreneur’s Summer Reading Guide

Whether a week at the shore or just a quiet Friday afternoon away from the algorithms, summer is a great time to catch up on reading. You’ll find below a grab-bag of book suggestions – old and new – for entrepreneurs, from Pulitzer Prize-winning titles and the new new thing to “big picture” reading and pure escapism.   The Art of the
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21
May
2014

Ascent Index: Internet of Things (IoT)

Even though the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT) was introduced in 1999 by Kevin Ashton, only relatively recently has it gained significant footholds both culturally and professionally. But make no mistake: IoT has enormous potential, with Cisco suggesting the market opportunity for the next decade is north of $14 trillion. It seems an ideal time to use the
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19
May
2014

Ascent Portfolio Company Invaluable Inks Important Deal with eBay

Our portfolio company Invaluable just announced a partnership with eBay. We congratulate Invaluable CEO Rob Weisberg and the entire Invaluable team for this extraordinary accomplishment. This partnership recognizes Invaluable’s leadership of the online live auction market. The combination of eBay’s 145 million active buyers with Invaluable’s auction house network should provide enormous benefit to both companies. As featured in our recently held
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11
Apr
2014

Observations from the Landmark CIO Summit 2014

On Wednesday I attended the Landmark CIO Summit 2014 in New York City. With hundreds of attendees – including CEOs, CIOs, and other senior technology executives – and 49 speakers, there was certainly a lot to talk about.  And due to the private, invitation-only format of the summit, attendees were able to engage in candid discussions and debates. Overall, it was
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