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Matt Fates

Matt Fates has 53 post(s) at Ascent Venture Partners


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25
Jan
2016

A Year in Review – A Look Back on our Portfolio Companies’ Successful 2015

We’d like to recognize the many successes and accomplishments our portfolio companies achieved in 2015. From impressive rounds of funding to key acquisitions, these companies continue to be leaders in their sectors. While we won’t attempt to capture them all, below are some representative highlights: CloudLock, a leading cloud cybersecurity and CASB provider, had a rewarding year filled with impressive
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10
Dec
2015

B2B IT Forum: How Cybersecurity is being handled today and a look ahead

With all companies now targets of cyber-attacks, and the average cost of a successful attack rising to $4 million, the demand for security talent is at an all-time high. But while cyber security jobs are up 74 percent in the last five years, more than 209,000 cyber security jobs in the U.S. are unfilled. To add to the complexity, this
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03
Dec
2015

Ascent B2B IT Forum: The Paradigm of Security: Turning Cyber Threat into Opportunity

The modern security landscape is becoming a competitive arms race between cyber-attackers and defenders. Threats have matured, risks are becoming increasingly sophisticated and vulnerabilities across the enterprise are commonplace – and evolving. While security spending has ballooned as a result – Gartner forecasted that $77 billion would be funneled globally toward IT security efforts in 2015 – it is not
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24
Aug
2015

Congratulations to StartApp, CloudLock and ZoomInfo for 2015 Inc. 5000 Recognition

We’d like to express our congratulations to our three current portfolio companies that made the Inc. 5000 fastest growing private companies list this year: Building a successful company is major challenge to begin with, but sustaining a high growth rate raises the bar even higher.  Their ability to achieve continued high growth is a testament to the strong leadership and
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19
Aug
2015

Congrats to Blue Coat – PerspecSys buy is wise choice

Congratulations to enterprise security industry leader Blue Coat Systems on their acquisition of PerspecSys. Our portfolio company PerspecSys, an early leader in the rapidly emerging cloud data protection market, was recently acquired by security gateway leader Blue Coat Systems.  This was a very savvy move by Blue Coat and it positions them well in the cloud gateway/cloud access security broker
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31
Mar
2015

Call to Action: Pounding the Table for Security Budgets

The vicious cyberattacks on major organizations like Target, Home Depot, eBay, JP Morgan Chase and recently, Anthem, makes one thing clear: the severity and sophistication of cyberattacks has taken a major leap forward. Having thieves steal sensitive data such as credit card information or personal identities is extremely costly, both financially and to the brands’ reputation. Yet a new breed
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08
Jan
2015

Why the Northeast is Best for Enterprise IT Investing

A recent look at 2015 innovations trends by IDC shows significant growth in nearly every area impacting enterprise IT – including cloud, big data and analytics, mobile and internet of things. In fact, cloud services, a hotbed of activity in 2014, will likely accelerate in 2015 with $118 billion in spending on the greater cloud ecosystem. As the topic rises
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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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