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Matt Fates

Matt Fates has 63 post(s) at Ascent Venture Partners


05
Apr
2017

CX in the Age of Innovation – When Digital and Physical Worlds Collide

It’s no secret that customer experience (CX) is more critical than ever and a top priority for businesses worldwide. More than 50 percent of organizations will invest significantly in CX by 2018, according to Gartner. Combined with an estimated $1.6 trillion lost annually as a result of poor service, all companies risk survival if they fail to deliver an exceptional
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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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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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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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08
Sep
2016

Four reasons why more foreign startups are moving to the Northeast

For more than 30 years, we have been laser focused on investing in early stage business technology in the northeast U.S. because we believe an ideal combination of factors exist: B2B tech has the potential for capital efficient and rapid growth which fits the venture model well, the competition is lower than the west coast, and, perhaps most importantly, the
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25
Aug
2016

Congratulations are in order…

While most of us have spent the summer enjoying the beach and maybe a few too many meals al fresco, our VP of Finance, Tom Scanlon, has qualified to race at the IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, HI this fall. Having completed four marathons, more than a dozen half-IRONMAN triathlons, and three IRONMANS, Tom finished the most recent in just
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11
May
2016

Newest Investment: Pwnie Express – Next Generation Wireless Security

At Ascent, we have been investing in IT security for decades. As technology platforms shift, security solutions must both shift with them as well as rise to meet a more severe threat landscape posed by today’s sophisticated cyber criminals and nation-state sponsored hackers. As recent RSA conferences have shown, the challenge – and opportunity – posed by IT security has
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22
Mar
2016

The Combination of Cloud & Mobile and its Grip on B2B Automation – Part 2

We’ve established that the synergy between Cloud and mobile is both powerful and undeniable (as outlined in Part 1). We are not alone in this assertion. Earlier this month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, technology behemoths Samsung and Oracle announced a partnership to help companies make use of their existing systems in the cloud. The goal is to enable
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23
Feb
2016

The Combination of Cloud & Mobile and its Grip on B2B Automation – Part 1

Mention the words “cloud computing” to anyone outside the tech industry just five years ago and chances are you’d have been met with a blank stare. Today, everyone has some level of knowledge of the cloud, even if it’s just to understand that it’s where our smartphone stores our pictures. Cloud computing has come a LONG way since its birth
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