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31
Jan
2017

The State of Boston Innovation: Poised for the Future

The recent State of the City address, delivered by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, projected progress in a city that’s as strong as ever, with increasing opportunity. He talked about the addition of 60,000 jobs over the past three years, an unemployment rate of just 2.4 percent (the lowest on record), and making Boston Public Schools the best they’ve ever been
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25
Jan
2017

A Year in Review – A Look Back on our Portfolio Companies’ Successful 2016

It’s been a busy year here at Ascent and we’d like to take a moment to look back at 2016 and recognize the accomplishments achieved by our portfolio companies throughout the year. From impressive rounds of funding, to new partnerships and platform launches, 2016 proved a very successful year. Below are some of the highlights: ClickFox, the creator of the
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12
Dec
2016

Ascent B2B IT Forum – Next-Gen Enterprise Tech: How AR & VR are Pushing New Boundaries

2016 marked the year that augmented and virtual reality (AR/VR) made it out of research and development labs and became a consumerized – and widely recognized – technology. In fact, Gartner’s latest emerging technologies Hype Cycle plots AR and VR on the “Slope of Enlightenment,” and IDC forecasts worldwide AR/VR revenues to reach $162 billion in 2020 from $5.2 billion
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10
Nov
2016

Next-Gen Enterprise Tech: How AR & VR Are Pushing New Boundaries

Augmented reality and virtual reality (AR/VR) are arguably technology’s next big thing. Recent research from IDC reports the AR/VR market will reach $162 billion within four years, representing an impressive 181.3 percent compounded annual growth rate. Additionally, Gartner’s latest emerging technologies Hype Cycle plots AR and VR on the “Slope of Enlightenment.” AR and VR are making a lot of
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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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20
Sep
2016

Why we invested in Promoboxx

Last week we announced our participation in a new round of funding for Boston-based Promoboxx. We found the team’s deep industry knowledge and focus, combined with the sizeable opportunity in front of them, to be very compelling. What further differentiates Promoboxx is its impressive success generated from only a modest seed round of capital and organic revenue growth. We are
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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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23
Jun
2016

Ascent B2B IT Forum – Machine Learning: How Artificial Intelligence is Invading the Enterprise

There’s no denying that machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI) are invading the enterprise at warp speed. Almost every industry is affected by the technology, and the innovation it inspires is fascinating. According to Gartner, machine learning is one of the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2016. Most of us are already — often unwittingly — interfacing with the
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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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03
May
2016

Machine Learning – How Artificial Intelligence is Invading the Enterprise

Machine learning, a method of data analysis that automates analytical model building, is at the top of the “hype curve” for emerging technologies and is one of the top 10 strategic technology trends for 2016, according to Gartner. It’s safe to say that most of us are already interacting with machine learning applications on a daily basis whether it’s Apple’s
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