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17
Jul
2014

Anatomy of an Exit: Reflecting on StrikeIron’s Success

Ascent portfolio company StrikeIron was acquired by Informatica last month in what was a rewarding and positive outcome for all. Having worked closely with the company over the past seven years, I’d like to share my perspective on what the company accomplished over that period, and why it became an attractive target for acquisition. Based outside Durham, NC, StrikeIron had
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23
Jun
2014

Video: Defining the Investing Edge of Enterprise IT

After 28 years and over 100 investments, we are as passionate as ever about our focus on early-stage enterprise IT venture investing and the continually changing landscape that creates new opportunities. We have created a brief video that captures the fundamentals of Ascent, and includes a few of the CEOs we have had the good fortune to work with discussing
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10
Jun
2014

Five Ways to Advance your Career with Modern Data Architecture

Guest post by Todd Christy, Slalom Consulting and member of Ascent’s Technical Advisory Board. What do flat tires and Hadoop have in common? If you’re one of the 75 million drivers covered by the largest US roadside services provider you may experience the real value of “big data” when your tow truck arrives promptly to swap your tire or fill your
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06
Jun
2014

Why Creativity is Essential to Data

There’s a common misconception that engineers and data scientists are “number crunchers,” and are not creative. They use the left side of their brains, as the popular opinion goes, to present stodgy, black-and-white data, trends, ideas, etc. The “creatives” reside on the other side of the company, immersed in the innovative and artistic work – design, music, advertising, PR, etc.
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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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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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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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21
Jun
2013

Big Data: Love the Mission, Hate the Moniker

I enjoyed speaking on a big data panel at the E2 Conference on Wednesday in Boston, but the more I participate in these events, the more I agree that “big data” is a silly marketing term, a meaningless catch-all that provides answers to nothing. Perhaps it is needed to make a distinction from traditional data analytics – as people have
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07
Mar
2013

Selling Data Insights vs. Tools? Let’s Connect

I have written a number of times about the massive potential that resides in extracting insight from data. Leveraging new database, storage, parallel processing and cloud infrastructure, we can now get to these insights at cost levels and in timeframes that can impact decision making at very regular intervals and in major ways. This was just not possible a few
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01
Mar
2013

Announcing the Ascent Storify Page

While our singular focus at Ascent is enterprise IT, our portfolio spans a wide range of tech subcategories: Software & SaaS, Data & Analytics, Cloud Business Services, Mobility & Communications, Financial Services & Transaction Technology, and Security & Compliance. Each sector witnesses regular news and innovation, and each has numerous compelling stories.      To help facilitate telling those stories, we’ve created
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