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Matt Fates

Matt Fates has 37 post(s) at Ascent Venture Partners


Security
04
Apr
2014

Why the IT Security Markets Needs to be Even Greater than $60 Billion

In recent posts we’ve discussed how the shift to the cloud, the explosion of mobile usage, and the massive growth in data will help drive the next wave of productivity and economic gains for companies. But these new technologies also dramatically shif the nature of where data is, how much there is, and how it is accessed, and therefore require
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04
Mar
2014

B2B IT Forum: How the Cloud Enables Legacy Market Disruption

Executives from Hailo, Invaluable, CustomMade and HubCast shared stories and insight regarding how their companies are transforming legacy markets.  While they are still relatively early on in their development, they have each made significant progress with some impressive stats and it is not too hard to imagine them becoming the Amazon or Orbitz of their industries. Invaluable, a marketplace platform
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21
Feb
2014

Data Analytics: We’ve Come a Long Way, Yet There is So Far Still to Go

Since the advent of IBM’s punch cards in the 1920s, the information technology industry has fostered improved decision making through data analysis. But the pace of progress has accelerated dramatically over the last decade, with storage costs dropping at an incredible pace (the price for a gigabyte of storage has fallen 99.5 percent since 2000), and internet connectivity becoming essentially
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17
Jan
2014

Next B2B IT Forum – The Shift to the Cloud: Disrupting Legacy Industries

By now the benefits of cloud computing are well understood. Whether by reducing costs, providing better services, or improving efficiencies, the cloud has transformed business operations in a wide range of industries. What’s not as widely known is how the cloud is disrupting legacy industries previously thought immune to the forces of the cloud. Now industries like taxi services, custom furniture
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acquisition
22
Nov
2013

Acquisition is the New Innovation

This excerpt is taken from a post I wrote that was featured yesterday on Boston.com. I discuss legacy technology companies and how they are buying innovation today and in years to come. (L)ess than one in five global companies deems itself “very effective” at breakthrough innovation, according to a Bain Consulting survey. At current scale, it’s difficult for tech giants to grow faster than the
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31
Oct
2013

Why “Pivot” Isn’t a Four-Letter Word

By Matt Fates and Eric Schultz In 2011, Eric Ries first used the term “pivot” to mean a “structured course correction designed to test a new fundamental hypothesis about the product, strategy, and engine of growth.”[1] While Ries’s vision and best-selling book inspired startups everywhere to chart new paths to success, in some circles there remains a stigma attached to
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21
Oct
2013

Enterprise IT Security: The Wake-Up Call is Getting Louder

I attended two local industry events recently that highlighted the substantial gap that exists between hackers’ abilities and the average corporation’s information security defenses. While we’ve been watching the security industry closely and work with several portfolio companies in this area, it’s nonetheless unsettling how far behind the average corporation is, and how daunting the chasm is between where they
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27
Sep
2013

Big Data is Big Hype, but Data Analytics Delivers

At Ascent, we have been focused on the growth of data analytics – or as we called it back in 2008, the ”Explosion of Data” – for close to a decade. In the early days we backed companies such as ZoomInfo, Cymfony (acq. by TNS) and Bizo that comb the web, collecting data to build professional profiles or understand customer sentiment
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29
Aug
2013

Ascent Index: BYOA

We’ve written frequently about BYOD, the consumerization of IT and their impacts on enterprise technology. As disruptive to the enterprise as BYOD has been, it’s also somewhat become the norm, with reports that as many as 70 percent of employees who own a smartphone or tablet choose to use it to access corporate data, and more than 60 percent of
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14
Aug
2013

Next B2B IT Forum – Data Analytics: Making It Real

We’ve long been excited at Ascent about the tremendous potential gains from the analysis of data and the complex business problems it can solve. And now I believe we’ve reached the point that organizations need to begin the shift toward data-driven decision making that can move the needle. But for many businesses, this shift is easier said than done. For
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