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25
Jul
2012

Big Data: What’s Next?

Even before Governor Patrick announced the Massachusetts Big Data Initiative in May, the state had already established itself as the big data capital of the world. We have 12,000 people employed in the sector in more than 100 companies. We have big money flowing from venture capital ($350 million in 2011) to fund local startups offering new solutions. We are
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23
Jul
2012

ClickFox Named to ‘Greatest Industry-Disrupting Startups of 2012′ List

Forbes last week listed the “10 Greatest Industry-Disrupting Startups of 2012,” citing “amazing” companies rapidly transforming industries that affect our daily lives. It was nice to see one of our portfolio companies, ClickFox, recognized in the article. Ascent has seen extraordinary innovation, both within our portfolio and the broader market, from companies that create business value from source data that
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20
Jul
2012

Video: Terascala CEO Steve Butler Explains the Big Data Opportunity

One of the biggest opportunities in Enterprise IT these days in “Big Data,” but this opportunity is not without real challenges.  Tackling these challenges requires innovation on many fronts. Processing massive sets of data requires powerful compute clusters, which much be complemented by equally powerful file storage systems. Terascala, a company we led the initial financing round for, has recently launched
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18
Jul
2012

Ascent Index: Big Data

Big data is a hot topic, especially here in Massachusetts – arguably the Big Data capital of the world with 12,000 people employed in big data jobs in more than 100 companies across the state, an unmatched talent pool from top universities, and home to EMC Corp. While data analytics has been around for many years, recently the term ‘Big
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