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14
Sep
2014

Announcing the October B2B IT Forum on the Internet of Things

Industry analysts have predicted 26 billion devices will be connected to the internet by 2020, creating a several trillion dollar market in Internet of Things (IoT) goods and services. With claims that this sector could usher in the Fourth Industrial Revolution, it’s important to look beyond the hype and better define the opportunities and challenges presented by IoT. The widespread
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08
Aug
2014

The Real Deal Surrounding Digital Currency

Last week, I attended the Digital Currencies Conference in NYC. Organized by American Banker, it’s a good conference to dig-in to digital currency as it has a more realistic bent and a good representation from banks and government regulators. Think less ‘Bitcoin bravado’ and more real details of how the underlying technologies could be integrated into the global financial system,
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12
Jun
2014

Observations from TiECON East 2014

I attended TiECON East 2014 last month in Cambridge, and had the opportunity to speak on the Internet of Things (IoT) panel. TiECON East bills itself as the largest startup conference on the East Coast, and this year drew a crowd of more than 500 entrepreneurs. The IoT panel was an enjoyable and informative discussion; here are a few takeaways
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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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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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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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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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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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