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Matt Fates

Matt Fates has 57 post(s) at Ascent Venture Partners


IRONMAN
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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Cloud 2
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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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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