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of Enterprise IT


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08
Jan
2015

Why the Northeast is Best for Enterprise IT Investing

A recent look at 2015 innovations trends by IDC shows significant growth in nearly every area impacting enterprise IT – including cloud, big data and analytics, mobile and internet of things. In fact, cloud services, a hotbed of activity in 2014, will likely accelerate in 2015 with $118 billion in spending on the greater cloud ecosystem. As the topic rises
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10
Nov
2014

Why Early Stage Investing Continues to Excite

At Ascent, we firmly believe that the early stage is the ideal time to invest in emerging enterprise IT companies. Injecting capital during that sweet-spot inflection point  – after product or service development and initial customer feedback, but before the company has started to scale – can deliver high multiple returns when executed well. But that’s not to suggest it
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Planting Seeds
03
Sep
2014

Startup Success in Every Stage of Growth – Seed Stage

First of a three-part series from Luke Burns, offering observations on what makes a successful startup at every stage of growth. There might not be a better time to be an entrepreneur on the East Coast. Massachusetts companies raised over $1 billion (over 100 deals) in venture capital in Q2 of 2014, the state’s highest in three years, according to
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06
Aug
2014

LinkedIn Acquires Bizo

We’re very pleased to offer our congratulations to Bizo on its recent acquisition by LinkedIn. We hold Bizo’s management team and its founder Russ Glass in highest regard. They built a strong, thriving company in a short timeframe and with limited capital. Bizo has changed the game for B2B marketers with technology that helps identify, reach, and target prospects with relevant
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23
May
2014

An Entrepreneur’s Summer Reading Guide

Whether a week at the shore or just a quiet Friday afternoon away from the algorithms, summer is a great time to catch up on reading. You’ll find below a grab-bag of book suggestions – old and new – for entrepreneurs, from Pulitzer Prize-winning titles and the new new thing to “big picture” reading and pure escapism.   The Art of the
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03
Mar
2014

Innovation & Immigration: The Lesson of WhatsApp

My partner Matt Fates and I have been traveling through Europe this past week as part of the fundraising process for our new fund. After a busy prior few weeks of domestic travel, I am eager to return home, but I do so with enhanced perspective.  While Putin intended the Sochi Olympics to dominate the news, his connection to events
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21
Jan
2014

Why the Internet of Things is also Industry 4.0

This post is the second installment of a three-part series on the Internet of Things, along with What Nest Just Did for the Internet of Things and Three Impediments to the Internet of Things. Robert Bosch is a German-based global leader in brake and automotive technology that has established a 500-person subsidiary, Bosch Connected Devices and Solutions, to develop sensors
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22
Nov
2013

Acquisition is the New Innovation

This excerpt is taken from a post I wrote that was featured yesterday on Boston.com. I discuss legacy technology companies and how they are buying innovation today and in years to come. (L)ess than one in five global companies deems itself “very effective” at breakthrough innovation, according to a Bain Consulting survey. At current scale, it’s difficult for tech giants to grow faster than the
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08
Aug
2013

The Battle for Mobile Operating System Supremacy

Those who fail to learn history are doomed to repeat it… Given that Apple’s blockbuster introduction of the iPhone six years ago effectively created the smartphone market, it’s astonishing that Android today reigns supreme. Within the U.S., depending on which figures you wish to reference, Android has anywhere from an eight-to-twelve percent lead over Apple iOS. Just this week, IDC
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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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