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Luke Burns

Luke Burns has 14 post(s) at Ascent Venture Partners


Landmark CIO Summit 2014
11
Apr
2014

Observations from the Landmark CIO Summit 2014

On Wednesday I attended the Landmark CIO Summit 2014 in New York City. With hundreds of attendees – including CEOs, CIOs, and other senior technology executives – and 49 speakers, there was certainly a lot to talk about.  And due to the private, invitation-only format of the summit, attendees were able to engage in candid discussions and debates. Overall, it was
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cloudlock-founders
31
Jan
2014

CloudLock’s Momentum Grows – This Week’s Series C Financing

We are very pleased to have participated in another financing round for CloudLock, which on Wednesday announced a $16.5 M Series C. Launched in 2011, CloudLock now protects millions of end-users across a wide range of organizations. They were a pioneer of cloud security and we saw the promise of their vision when we led the Company’s Series B in
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05
Dec
2013

Ascent Index: Cybersecurity

According to a new study this week, 41 percent of global organizations will increase their IT security budgets in 2014. The increased focus on securing corporate data and devices probably isn’t surprising to most industry onlookers, given the amount of media coverage we’ve seen recently around attacks on enterprises, not to mention Edward Snowden and the NSA. Still, the increasing
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cloud_power
26
Nov
2013

Harnessing the Power of the Cloud

The enterprise technology landscape has seen tremendous evolution in the past several years as disruptive change has hit almost every corner of the market. Nowhere is this more evident than in the move to cloud computing, where momentum continues to build. Consider: • IT Cloud services spending is expected to reach $72.9 billion by 2015 • Spend on cloud computing
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Luke panel photo
02
Aug
2013

Back to School: The Reality Behind the Dream

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since I earned my MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. The resources, network and opportunities it offered in many ways helped steer me on my career path and to where I am today. Recently I was lucky enough to serve as a panelist in an alumni entrepreneur workshop that took place
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byod March 2013
12
Apr
2013

Ascent Index: BYOD (March 2013)

What a difference a year makes. Well, almost a year. For our newest Ascent Index we took another look at BYOD, the evermore popular news topic as more employees use their personal devices for work purposes. Our Index data confirms that BYOD is only gaining steam, and that’s putting it mildly. In the month of March 2013 BYOD received more
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19
Nov
2012

Ascent Index: Cybersecurity

AT&T last week reported that cybersecurity was a billion dollar opportunity for the company, as attacks on its networks had doubled in the past four months. But it’s not just the telecommunications giant that hopes to seize on the cyber opportunity; many leading companies – be they Google, IBM, General Dynamics or countless others – have acquired information security vendors
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20
Sep
2012

Observations from Dreamforce 2012

I was at Salesforce’s Dreamforce conference yesterday with 95,000 of my closest friends. Seriously, that’s how many people registered for this event. It’s an impressive display of organizational prowess and the Salesforce team puts on a great show. The keynote yesterday morning featured lots of slick videos and loud music. It also included appearances by Tony Robbins, The Cake Boss
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27
Aug
2012

Ascent’s Own “IronMen”

On behalf of Ascent Venture Partners, I’d like to congratulate Partner Matt Fates and VP of Finance Tom Scanlon for what I consider to be a pretty amazing accomplishment – completing an Ironman Triathlon. Cheered on by friends, family and thousands of supportive spectators at Mont-Tremblant in Quebec on August 19th, Matt and Tom completed a 2.4-mile swim in Tremblant
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24
Aug
2012

Finding Your Optimal Investor – Due Diligence for Entrepreneurs

I’ve seen the venture capital due diligence process from both sides of the table and I know how comprehensive and exhaustive it can be (sometimes to the chagrin of the entrepreneur).  But it’s a critical part of the process, ensuring that the venture investor is fully bought into the team, product, market, etc.  A typical venture capitalist makes only a
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