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10
Mar
2017

Getting in the Game: An Insider’s Guide to Breaking into the Venture Capital World

Venture capital remains an unfamiliar world to many – but it’s not for lack of interest. For those following or involved in the tech space, it’s almost impossible not to wonder what happens in the VC world, since so many emerging companies depend on VC dollars. Despite the air of mystery surrounding it, the VC world is far from an
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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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13
Oct
2016

Why I Joined Ascent Venture Partners

Hi everyone! Yet another VC hiring announcement coming your way… I’ve joined the Ascent Venture Partners team as a Senior Associate! It’s only been a month but I can already tell I’m surrounded by a top notch team of smart and caring people. Actually, there’s more to my joining than meets the eye. Ascent hasn’t hired any investment team members
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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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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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28
Jun
2013

Why We Should All Learn to Code

For years the tech community has been concerned about worker shortages, especially programmers and engineers. Fast-growing software companies always bemoan the challenges of finding skilled workers, and have tried to fill the gap by recruiting from abroad, and even by offering significant signing bonuses (see Hubspot’s $30,000 offer for someone who refers a developer). Still, with so many people in
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06
Feb
2013

Everything I Know About Pitching VCs I Learned From Monty Python (Part Two)

For part one of “Everything I Know About Pitching VCs I Learned From Monty Python,” click here. With help from The Pythons, Matt Fates and I collaborated on some ideas to help turn your exceptional slide deck into an exceptional fundraising pitch. 5) Then, you must cut down the mightiest tree in the forest… with… a herring! The other key to
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29
Jan
2013

Everything I Know About Pitching VCs I Learned From Monty Python (Part One)

  Most VCs number the annual business plans they see in a year in the thousands, but the implication is the same: There has to be more to distinguish your fundraising pitch than ten or 15 slides in 30-point font. That’s where Monty Python comes in. John Cleese, Eric Idle and their associates were a VC’s dream, launching a comedy
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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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