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19
May
2014

Ascent Portfolio Company Invaluable Inks Important Deal with eBay

Our portfolio company Invaluable just announced a partnership with eBay. We congratulate Invaluable CEO Rob Weisberg and the entire Invaluable team for this extraordinary accomplishment. This partnership recognizes Invaluable’s leadership of the online live auction market. The combination of eBay’s 145 million active buyers with Invaluable’s auction house network should provide enormous benefit to both companies. As featured in our recently held
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31
Jan
2014

CloudLock’s Momentum Grows – This Week’s Series C Financing

We are very pleased to have participated in another financing round for CloudLock, which on Wednesday announced a $16.5 M Series C. Launched in 2011, CloudLock now protects millions of end-users across a wide range of organizations. They were a pioneer of cloud security and we saw the promise of their vision when we led the Company’s Series B in
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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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01
Oct
2013

StartApp Hits the Billion Download Mark

Ascent portfolio company StartApp has been on an incredible ride over the last 18 months, and recently achieved its biggest milestone yet in its young history: one billion downloads. (As the linked video clip persuasively notes, this is a very big number.) The rapid growth of StartApp speaks to the mobile industry problem it solves. The Company offers an ingenious
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13
May
2013

Financing News: PerspecSys and the Cloud Data Security Opportunity

Last week PerspecSys announced a new financing round that we participated in, alongside Paladin and Intel. We are very excited to be working with the team and our co-investors, and see tremendous potential for this company. Over the last 12 to 18 months, we have witnessed an almost seismic shift in the posture of large enterprise customers toward cloud-based applications. SaaS
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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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11
Feb
2013

2012 a Year of Record Growth for V.i. Labs

Our portfolio company V.i. Labs recently issued a press release that highlighted the Company’s strong performance in 2012. See the release here.  We are very pleased with the Company’s performance and congratulate the management team for a strong year. Software piracy remains an enormous problem for software providers. According to estimates from multiple analysts, the annual commercial value of software
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14
Jan
2013

StartApp Named One of 2012’s Fastest Growing Startups

Business Insider recently released a list of the “5 Fastest Growing Startups of 2012,” comprised of emerging companies with the potential to “transform industries and the business world at-large.” We’re thrilled to see one of Ascent’s portfolio companies on the list: StartApp, which Business Insider deems “poised to significantly impact the mobile industry.” StartApp’s mobile app monetization platform recently surpassed
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28
Nov
2012

Winning the New Enterprise Sales Game: This Week’s B2B IT Forum

We are very pleased that our second B2B Enterprise IT Forum was so well received.  Thank you for all of the positive feedback.  We had a strong turnout, smart questions from our audience, and great advice from our panelists on how to successfully sell enterprise IT. If you weren’t able to attend, we’ve compiled some of the key takeaways from
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01
Oct
2012

Congratulations, Copiun

Congratulations to Puneesh Chaudhry and the Copiun team on their recent acquisition by Good Technology, and to Puneesh personally for his 40-under-40 nomination by the Boston Business Journal. Puneesh is a friend and Copiun is a local company we’ve followed for over a year. Puneesh deserves a lot of credit for foreseeing the enterprise world’s movement toward consumerization and BYOD,
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